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Former Mazer Employees Look for Answers

Feb 4, 2009

It's been just over one month since employees at the textbook publishing and printing company Mazer Corporation received an email from management telling them not to come back to work the next day. Since then, each passing week has brought on more questions and frustration for the former employees who have yet to receive their final paycheck. What once was an established family business in Dayton for 40 years is now the source anger for the employees, who are waiting for the benefits owed to them.

A crowd of some 100 people gathering around a projector screen at Coco's restaurant in Dayton last night watching a replay of the inaugural ceremonies and the swearing in of America's 44th President.

Hosting the event - PUSH (Professionals United for Sexual Health), a newly formed group of young professionals focused on promoting sexual health, the event was a benefit aimed at keeping Planned Parenthood's free-condom program operating through 2009.

Miami Valley Residents Observe the Inauguration

Jan 20, 2009

Inauguration festivities extend all over the country and the Miami Valley is no exception. Today people gathered at the C-Space in downtown Dayton as President Obama took his oath of office, and shared their thoughts on this new chapter in American History.

Interviews include: Shannon O'Neill, Amy Forsthoefel, Faye Johnson, and Andy Snow.

Students Reflect on Inauguration

Jan 20, 2009

As preparations were being made across the country for today's historic inauguration, kindergarten students at the Antioch School in Yellow Springs spent time discussing what it means to have a new President during class last week. WYSO's Emily McCord joined them in the conversation, and began by asking them what is most important to them about the inauguration.

Students featured: Timmy Bold, Eleanore Buehrig, Josephine HanJoseph Minde-Berman and Henry Wirrig.

Problems with Voting Machines Cause for Concern

Dec 19, 2008

During an audit of the performance of voting machines across the state, some problems with voting machines in Montgomery County has raised concern. Among the more serious problems, five ballots were found missing from the memory card of one of the Premier Election Solution machines, formerly known as Diebold.

The glitch happened in the Trotwood precinct, where the machine showed 43 people had voted, when in fact, 48 people had voted when compared to paper records of the cast ballots.

Ellis Jacobs represents the Miami valley Voter Protection Coalition.

Going Green May Reinvent Wilmington's Future

Dec 9, 2008

In the southwest Ohio town of Wilmington, residents there are feeling the country's struggling economy more than most. International shipping company DHL is reducing its domestic operations and laying off over 8000 jobs at the Wilmington Hub. But it's not all doom and gloom for the community, where another vision for the future is beginning to gain traction. Two recent college graduates have formed an initiative to redevelop Wilmington into the nation's first "green enterprise zone", creating a new industry and more jobs .

Wilmington Residents React to Job Losses

Nov 19, 2008

Few places are feeling the grim economy as directly as the southwest Ohio town of Wilmington. Last week, international shipping company DHL announced that it will be reducing its domestic operations and laying off over 8000 jobs at ABX Air and Astar, two companies serving DHL at the Wilmington hub. While not entirely unexpected, the news confirms the fears of the soon to be displaced workers, and the potentially devastating effect on the town itself. As the reality of the situation sets in, community members grapple with what's in store for the future of Wilmington.

Library of Congress

One hundred years ago this week, the citizens of Dayton, Ohio and surrounding communities watched in disbelief as collapsing levees allowed flood waters to overtake the city in a matter of moments.    

WYSO and the Living History Theatre present an original radio drama, "The End of Emerald Street."  Set during the Great Dayton Flood, the story combines fictional characters with historical figures like John H. Patterson, Arthur Morgan, and John Barringer.

Candidates Plan to Aid Manufacturing Differ

Oct 31, 2008

Dana Davidson helped build SUVs at a General Motors plant near Dayton, Ohio for 11 years. Today she's unemployed and the automaker is closing the factory for good in December.

"You know, the people in the plant we look at as family. You build a network with people, you're close to them, you know about their children, their family, you've been to their homes. It's been a rocky road," says Davidson.

Obama Gives Education Policy Speech in Dayton area

Sep 9, 2008

Barack Obama's education plan focused on raising expectations and resources for schools, bringing innovation to the classroom, and holding teachers, parents and the government accountable for their performance. One feature of the innovation plan includes doubling the funding for charter schools, in part to give parents more choices on where they will send their children.

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