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11:50 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Book Nook: Catherine the Great - Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie Part 1

Catherine the Great was the legendary last empress of Russia. Nobody imagined that she could rise from up from such humble origins as a princess from an obscure German principality to become the ruler of the largest country in the world of that time. Catherine's reign during the late 18th Century provides readers with a fascinating story.

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Around the Miami Valley
8:04 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Dayton International Airport Seeks $4.4Million for Upgrades

One of Ohio's larger airports is seeking $4.4 million in extra federal funding to help create more room for airlines to park their planes overnight.

Dayton International Airport also wants to tear down a concourse it hasn't used for almost 20 years.

The Dayton Daily News reports the upgrades would be paid for with the additional federal money, plus the airport's $2.7 million in regular annual support from the Federal Aviation Administration. The city of Dayton would chip in $375,000 from the airport's capital reserve fund.

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Health
6:04 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Ohio Awarded $21Million for Children's Health Coverage

Ohio's work to make sure more children have health coverage has earned the state $21 million in federal bonus funding.

U.S. health officials say Ohio is receiving bonus money for a second straight year. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says in a statement that more of Ohio's children now have the advantages health coverage provides.

Only 22 other states qualified for bonuses.

To receive the funding, states must surpass a Medicaid enrollment target and improve access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.

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Film
5:12 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Documentary By Local Filmmakers Added To The National Film Registry

A documentary by two Ohio filmmakers has been selected as one of 25 films that will be added to the 2011 National Film Registry. As WYSO's Emily McCord reports, it joins movies like Bambi and Forrest Gump as a film worthy of preservation by the Library of Congress. 

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Music
12:45 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Live on Excursions: Duke of Owls

Duke of Owls
Photo by Zac Fisher

Together as Duke of Owls, Aaron Maheu, Ben Johnson, Matt Wolfe, John Diamond have just released their debut EP.  Here the band performs live in the WYSO studios and talks to Niki Dakota about forming the band and working toward their first recording.

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