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Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Struck."

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The non-profit  Dayton History is taking over management of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Learning Center, which is located at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The 14,500 square foot Learning Center features interactive displays that teach kids about the history of flight and Dayton’s connection to that history.

Dayton History President and CEO Brady Kress says partnering with the non-profit NAHF gives Dayton History a bigger profile.

Ohio Bill Seeks Bright Colors For Lookalike Guns

Dec 8, 2014
A partial description of the Crosman MK-177 Tactical Air Rifle John Crawford picked up from a Walmart shelf says the gun "is useful for both target practice when perfecting your aim and for going after small game."
Walmart.com

Legislation in Ohio would require that lookalike guns be brightly colored or otherwise marked.

A bill introduced Monday by Rep. Alicia Reece would require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns stand out in color or have prominent fluorescent strips.

The proposal comes after two fatal police shootings in less than four months of young people holding lookalike guns in Ohio.

Ohio Casinos See Revenues Drop In November

Dec 8, 2014
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Adam Tinworth

Total revenue at Ohio's four full-service casinos dropped by just under $1 million from October to November.

The state's casinos pulled in $62.9 million in all of November. That's down about 10 percent compared with a year ago.

Casinos in Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus all saw their revenue drop off last month, while Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino was up nearly $2 million from the previous month.

Cleveland's casino saw a 20-percent drop in November compared with the same month a year ago, while Cincinnati had a 10-percent drop.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio education officials say $10 million is available for a new school mentorship program.

Community organizations, faith-based groups and businesses are asked to develop partnerships encouraging mentorship in Ohio's schools and giving more students access to role models. Organizations and schools creating the partnerships can receive a maximum of $500,000 in state grants that provide a matching three dollars for every dollar spent.

Montgomery County purchased 13,000 tons of road salt last winter, up from a usual average of 10,000 pounds.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

It’s been a warm December, and that’s great news for Ohio counties paying high prices for road salt; the cost for many has doubled or tripled after a shortage last winter.

About 50 Quaker protesters showed at two PNC bank branches in Springfield Saturday.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Several local Quaker activists participated in a “Flood PNC” protest in Springfield Saturday morning. The Earth Quaker Action Team organized demonstrations in 12 states and the District of Columbia to ask PNC Bank to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachian areas.

The U.S. EPA says the process involves mining companies blowing the tops off of mountains in order to extract an abundance of coal. After the coal is extracted, toxic waste is often dumped into the environment, harming water supplies and wildlife.

Mai Hernon came by traditional Irish music in her home town whereas her husband Mick McEvilly got to know the genre by listening to the radio.  The duo visited the WYSO studios for a live set on The Dear Green Place and chatted with host Cindy Funk about their musical journey.

Cleveland Police Pummeled By Feds' Report

Dec 5, 2014
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, Mayor Frank Jackson, Attorney General Eric Holder, Civil Rights Division head Vanita Gupta and U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Steven Dettelbach were all present at a press conference Thursday announcing the DOJ's f
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Eighteen months ago, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson vehemently rejected state claims that the city’s police department has “systemic” problems. But on Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department used the same term, and the mayor embraced a plan to overhaul the department after a nearly two-year review.

The U.S. Justice Department studied nearly 600 incidents dating back to 2010. Investigators rode with officers, waded through paperwork and interviewed everyone from city leaders to homeless people. What they found indicated the problem goes beyond just a few bad cops.

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