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Food Pantries Turn To Text Messages To Help Hungry

Dec 15, 2014
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A new program using text messages will allow hungry central Ohio residents to learn more about the nearest food banks.

The goal is linking people who need extra food with underused food pantries in their neighborhoods.

Jeff Grennell, director of the Southside Community Ministries Food Pantry in Columbus, tells the Columbus Dispatch for a story Monday that people in Franklin County go hungry for no need because they don't know where to turn for help.

Ohio Targets Pot Possession Driving Penalty

Dec 15, 2014
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Ohio lawmakers are taking early steps toward lifting Ohio's driving penalties for marijuana possession.

A resolution scheduled for a possible committee vote Tuesday declares the Legislature's opposition to a 1990 federal law that requires a six-month suspension or revocation of a driver's license after a drug offense conviction, even when the violation is unrelated to driving.

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Ohio lawmakers have finally come to a bipartisan agreement on redistricting that many are calling historic. The process of drawing lines for legislative districts has been controversial in the past, but an agreement passed in the Senate Friday will be sold to Ohioans as a way to make that process more fair.

“This is the most significant bi-partisan activity that I have been involved in in my time here in the House and the general assembly,” said Democratic State Representative Vernon Sykes, who’s leaving after 26 years in the statehouse.

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  The city of Dayton could get an injection of extra cash this year from the new racino, but the owners of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway aren’t happy about having to pay.

Antioch College President Roosevelt and former Ohio Governor Bob Taft are both the great-grandsons of American Presidents. Roosevelt's great grandfather was Theodore Roosevelt, President from 1901 to 1909. He was succeeded by William Howard Taft of Cincinnati.

The relationship between the two men is chronicled in The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, published in 2013. They two were allies; Taft served as Roosevelt’s Secretary of War, but later clashed and Roosevelt ran against Taft in 1912.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: On today’s program – a new, local series called Veterans’ Voices. You will hear military veterans from the Miami Valley interviewing their fellow veterans. And you’ll learn about a collaboration between students at the Dayton Regional STEM School and the Newport Aquarium—it called the Living Lens Project. See full program details below.

Race in the Classroom: Teaching Civil Rights

Dec 13, 2014

Join hosts Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy in a conversation with historians—and award-winning teachers—Kevin Boyle, Stephanie Shaw, and Hassan Kwame Jeffries about the importance and difficulties of teaching race and civil rights in the classroom.

Union: Police Not Told Boy's Gun Might Be Toy

Dec 12, 2014

A police officer (L) is seen pointing his weapon during an incident involving the shooting of a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun at the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, in this still image from video released by the Cleveland Police Department November 26, 2014.Credit Cleveland Police Department releaseEdit | Remove

Ohio Police Say Man Painted Gun To Resemble Toy

Dec 12, 2014
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Authorities in southwest Ohio say they have arrested a man with a loaded handgun painted red to resemble a toy gun.

The arrest Friday came just four days after legislation was introduced in Ohio to require that lookalike guns be brightly colored or otherwise marked. That bill came in the aftermath of two police fatal shootings in less than four months of young people in the state who were holding lookalike guns.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says it's "a scary thought" that guns would be painted to mislead police into thinking the guns weren't real.

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