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Coming up in today’s program – If you’ve ever wondered why WYSO’s signal tends to drop out in certain areas of the Miami Valley, we’ve got the answer for you – and a solution to the problem. We'll also recap some of the week's big stories from around the state.  Full details below.

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Talitha Green / Glen Helen

Today WYSO Curious takes on a question that’s simple, but also age-old. It involves a feature familiar to Yellow Springs locals: the actual springs after which the town is named.

The springs inside a preserve called Glen Helen look bright yellowish orange where the water comes out. So listener Jonathan Kouse, an occasional visitor to the Glen, asked, “Why are the Yellow Springs yellow?”

 

Two of my favorite crime writers hail from Scotland. Ian Rankin lives in Edinburgh and his stories are mostly set there. Denise Mina lives in Glasgow and her stories are often set there. But her latest one, "Blood, Salt, Water," is set in another town entirely, a place called Helensburgh. This community is located in a beautiful spot right on the oceanfront. It was once the playground for millionaires. The mouldering ruins of their Victorian mansions are now rotting high up on the hillsides.

Snow is part of the beauty of winter. It is a great protector when it blankets the ground and insulates hibernating animals against winter's cold winds. Join an Aullwood naturalist for an evening walk in the light of the beautiful Snow Moon. Bundle up for the cold night air. Saturday, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at The Aullwood Farm.

Second Highest Ranking Leader In Ohio Senate Resigns

Jan 22, 2016
Ohio Senate

The second-in-command in the Ohio Senate announced he’s retiring at the end of the month.

Republican Senator Chris Widener of Springfield has served in the Ohio General Assembly for more than two decades. 

He got his start in the House before moving into the Senate and rising to rank of President Pro Tempore.

Widener was chair of the Senate Finance Committee and oversaw two budgets through his chamber.

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Ohio Department of Public Safety records indicate a drug overdose antidote that can help save addicts on the brink of death was administered more than 12,600 times around the state last year.

Naloxone blocks brain receptors, immediately pulling people out of a potentially fatal overdose.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill last year expanding availability of the drug. It let doctors authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription.

A state analysis of a highway overpass collapse that killed a construction worker in southwestern Ohio has yet to be completed a year later, and lawsuits over the accident continue as the man's family struggles with his loss.

State Representative Boyce Denies Pay-to-play Allegations

Jan 21, 2016
Andy Chow (Statehouse News Bureau)

State Representative Kevin Boyce of Columbus is speaking out about a federal investigation alleging he was involved in pay-to-play during his time as state treasurer.

While sitting with a handful of reporters in his northeast Columbus home on Thursday, former state treasurer Boyce adamantly denied being in a meeting where a company was told it had to donate to his campaign in order to win a state contract.

Vessel make a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of their appearance at Oscar's Bar and Grill in Vandalia.  The Louisville-based band performed a preview of the evening's show and chatted with WYSO music director Niki Dakota.

Vessel will perform at Oscars Bar and Grill on Thursday, January

This surreal novel is set in a trailer park in the Mojave Desert. The author, R.A. Morean, is quite familiar with this locale. She used to live in the area. This is one of the most otherworldly and bizarre books that I have read in a long time. It defies genre. Fortunately I was able to interview the author about it and her insights and confessions really helped me to understand the story more clearly.

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