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Wittenberg University Selects New President

Feb 10, 2017
Dr. Michael Frandsen will become Wittenberg University's 15th President.
Daniel Gummel

Officials at Wittenberg University in Springfield have named a new president to lead the school. The announcement concludes a six month search.

 

When he takes office, Dr. Michael Frandsen will become the 15th president of Wittenberg University. The school’s search followed the resignation of former president Dr. Laurie Joyner, who stepped down in late 2015.

The university has faced several years of budget cuts and Wittenberg officials say they chose Frandsen for his extensive financial management experience.  

Abortion rights supporters
Jo Ingles

Dueling abortion protests both for and against Planned Parenthood are on tap for Dayton Saturday.

The group Dayton Right to Life is organizing a rally for the “National Day to Defund Planned Parenthood” -- a day of action at clinics across the country aiming to pressure lawmakers to defund the women’s health organization.

Billtacular / Flickr Creative Commons

The Great Antioch Circus is at UD Arena Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is their 75th visit to Dayton so come on out and see the show!

Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

President Donald Trump is wrapping up his third week in the White House. Since the inauguration Jan. 20, the president has issued a slew of executive orders on a range of issues, including immigration, national security, trade and health care, sparking mass protests around the country, and pushback from mostly Democratic lawmakers. 

In Ohio, there have been mixed reviews on some of Trump’s executive orders, though many Miami Valley GOP leaders remain optimistic about the next four years. 

Black Enough: Two Teenagers Reflect on Race, Identity and Expectations

Feb 9, 2017
Marc Williams and Taylor Felder
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week's Dayton Youth Radio is the first of three stories from local teenagers about race. Today we meet Marc Williams and Taylor Felder, students at the Miami Valley School who reflect on their experiences with identity and expectations when it comes to race.

Harry Campbell
courtesy of the Ohio State University

The Book Nook is an author interview program. Over the years almost every guest I have featured on the show has had a new book out. On occasion I'll interview a guest who doesn't have a book. I will do this because I think our listeners will enjoy the interview and hopefully, a change of pace.

A number of years ago I interviewed a woman who called herself Julia Butterfly. She had not written a book. But I was holding out hope that she would because she was doing a very interesting thing at the time. When I interviewed her she was up in a tree. I'm not kidding.
 

Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio is a comedic opera with a twist ending and virtuosic music.  In anticipation of Dayton Opera's presentation,  stage director Kathleen Clawson,  tenor Robert Norman, soprano Chelsea Friedlander, and Dayton Opera chorus master Jeffrey Powell joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for musical preview and behind the scenes conversation. 

Hundreds rallied in Dayton to protest President Donald Trump's executive order, which includes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.
Jess Mador/WYSO

Officials with Dayton’s refugee resettlement agency are keeping close tabs on court actions related to President Donald Trump’s recent executive immigration order. The controversial order banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and banned all refugees from entering the country for 120 days. A federal court ruling Friday temporarily halted the ban, which is now the subject of a legal battle experts say may ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jess Mador/WYSO

It’s no secret that Ohio’s opioid overdose-death toll continues to rise. Despite a significant drop in prescription opioids over the last few years, overdose deaths in 2015 jumped another 20 percent, and Southwest Ohio has been especially hard-hit by the crisis.

On Wednesday, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer fielded questions from news agencies regarding seven pending civil rights lawsuits against the Montgomery County jail.

Plummer also pushed back against comments County Commissioner Dan Foley made at a February 7th news conference where Foley said he and fellow commissioners were concerned about allegations of civil rights violations and misconduct.

 

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