Ohio State Rep. Peter Beck has resigned from the Ohio House.

A Republican state representative from the Cincinnati area is resigning. 

State Rep. Peter Beck has resigned effective Nov. 30. He was not going to represent his Southwest Ohio area much longer anyway since he was defeated by another Republican last month. 

But Beck’s resignation is noteworthy since he has been accused of helping to scam investors by misleading them about a start-up software company he knew was insolvent. Beck faces a trial later this month on 69 felony counts including fraud, theft, perjury, money laundering and receiving stolen property.

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The old year of sprouting, growing and producing fruit has fallen away with the leaves and the end of harvest, and the first week of early winter marks the beginning of a new cycle in Earth’s spin around the sun.

Today is World AIDS Day (WAD), and it’s estimated that more than 20,000 people in Ohio are infected with HIV—about 2000 of those cases are here in the Miami Valley.

In recent years treatment has become more accessible, but successful treatment depends on early detection.  Bill Hardy with AIDS Resource Center Ohio says early detection can mean viral suppression.

The fund that pays benefits to unemployed workers in Ohio is more than a billion dollars in debt to the federal government, but there may be a fix in the works.

Most states borrowed from the feds to pay jobless benefits during the recession. Zach Schiller at the think tank Policy Matters Ohio has been studying this for years, and recently put out another warning about it.

“While we’ve reduced it somewhat, the natural financing of the unemployment system is not going to be enough to repay that debt, much less build a new reserve for the next recession.”

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

After days of searching, the body of a missing Ohio State University football player has been found. 

Columbus Police say Kosta Karageorge, the 22-year-old defensive lineman for the Ohio State Buckeyes, was found inside a dumpster near campus the afternoon of Nov. 30.

Sergeant Rich Weiner says Karageorge died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s, about three and a half million people migrated from Appalachia to the urban manufacturing centers of the Midwest. Over 40,000 came to the Dayton area from West Virginia, Tennessee, and especially Eastern Kentucky, seeking work at companies like National Cash Register, Frigidaire, and General Motors. They brought their culture and their music along with them. Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson brings us the rich mountain heritage in the WYSO audio collection, preserved through the efforts of three local brothers.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Creation."

courtesy of Antioch College

On October 25, 2014, Nick Boutis, Executive Director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at Antioch College delivered the following keynote address the University of Dayton's Sustainability Summit.

The gist of what I’m going to tell you over the next few minutes is that, when life gives you lemons, make a lemon meringue pie. Lemonade is fine, and all, but sometimes new challenges call for new solutions.

In the fall of 2011, after a three-year closure that many assumed was permanent, Antioch College reopened its doors to students.


Maxine Skuba reads her poem, "A Matter of Time."