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Ohioans in the market for school supplies will be able to shop tax-free this weekend, thanks to the state’s annual back to school sales-tax holiday.

It’s the third year the state has held the event. Tax-exempt items include clothing under $75 and school supplies under $20. There is no limit on the number of items purchased, officials say.

Craig Shearman of the National Retail Federation says tax holidays can make school supply shopping much easier for lower-income families.

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Public Health officials report that a sample of mosquitoes from Greene County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.


  The West Nile Virus is a serious virus often spread through mosquito bites, and can cause fever, and inflammation of the brain, or spinal cord.


Jeff Webb with Greene County Public Health says that despite the rising number of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile, there have not been any known cases of humans contracting it this year.


Long-time NPR commentator Frank Deford began contributing his commentaries to National Public Radio in 1980. In May of this year he turned in his last radio piece for Morning Edition. He died later that month.

Deford made a couple of appearances in the Book Nook over the years. Here's an interview Frank did with me in July, 2000. His dulcet tones will be missed.

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Crows are usually silent during their mating time and the time they raise their young. Now, the fledglings are almost grown, and the crows come back together in flocks, and they begin to converse near my house before sunrise.

The singing of robins and cardinals grace the spring and early summer, but as middle summer warms, the songs of those birds grow quiet. The crows, though, are the most faithful morning sky-talkers throughout the late summer, fall and winter.

Dayton Public Schools
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Dayton Public Schools officials say they have backup plans in place to ensure a smooth start to the school year, despite a 10-day strike notice from the Dayton Education Association teachers' union, issued Tuesday to Dayton Public Schools through the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.

If a new contract deal is not reached in time, teachers could walk off the job as early as Aug. 11, just four days before the start of school.

Dayton History

Next week is round two of Dayton History and Carillon Park’s very successful Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 2,500 people.  The event is a two-day celebration of people who - you guessed it, know how to make stuff. Some 90 exhibitors will feature live demonstrations and hands-on learning activities in robotics, rocketry, 3D printing, and more.

To talk hear about this, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Josh Cory of Make It Dayton - the group behind the event, and Alex Heckman, director of operations at Dayton History.

Officials say rides shut down at the Ohio State Fair after a fatal ride accident are open after being re-inspected.

Fair officials made the announcement Sunday morning. Some rides, mostly in the fair's Kiddie Land, had previously reopened.

All rides were shut down last Wednesday night after a swinging and spinning ride called the Fire Ball broke apart, killing 18-year-old high school student Tyler Jarrell and injuring seven others, several critically.

Welcome to your weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend! Coming up in this week's program, we’ll explore the art and psychology behind tattooing, on Culture Couch. You’ll hear all about the 2nd annual Makers Faire taking place at Carillon Park next weekend.  We’ve also got commentary from Bob Brecha, and Bill Felker has this week's Poor WIll’s Almanack. See full details below.

Stats + Stories: Describing And Measuring An $18 Trillion Economy

Jul 29, 2017

 WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

In news stories about the health of the American economy or sometimes on Sunday morning talk shows, you might hear experts talking about the GDP or Gross Domestic Product. The GDP is a measure of the value of all goods and services produced during a particular time period and as you might imagine it's quite the undertaking to keep track of all that information. The organization that does that among other things is the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The Summer Restaurant Week is wrapping up Sunday and it is offering meals from nearly 50 restaurants across the Dayton area.

A true cult classic and an all-time favorite films, CLUE, has everything - murder, comedy, intrigue - all leading up to an ending (Or two? Or three?). This is at the  Victoria Theatre, tonight & Saturday at 7pm & Sunday, 3pm.