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In some ways, nothing seems to change within the center of Deep Winter. Still, what may appear to be the status quo is actually transformation – and its pieces measure the progress of Earth toward equinox.

Last year’s plants, are all giving way to the weather, leading the land back toward the sun. The hulls of last June’s sweet rockets and August’s wild cucumbers are empty, brittle and delicate like shed snakeskin. Asters and boneset seeds are gone. Milkweed pods are stained and empty.

GOP-controlled Ohio Legislature Opens 2-year Session

Jan 5, 2015

The new leader of the Ohio House says he's putting together a six-year plan to tackle education issues, workforce development and other policy matters.
 
Republican Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, of Clarksville in southwest Ohio, was sworn in Monday as Ohio House speaker. He replaces longtime Rep. William Batchelder, who retired last month due to term limits.
 

Dayton To Halt Citations From Fixed-site Traffic Cameras

Jan 5, 2015
Advocates say cameras increase safety.
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The city of Dayton says it will stop using traffic cameras in fixed positions to issue citations for red-light and speeding violations.
 
The southwest Ohio city says it made the decision because of a new Ohio law effective in March that requires a police officer be present when cameras are used.  The law passed last month regulates statewide use of the devices, which have faced backlash from critics who say they're more about raising revenues than increasing safety.
 

Same-Sex Couples From Ohio Travel To Indiana To Marry

Jan 5, 2015
The Human Rights Campaign marches at Columbus gay pride in 2007.
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An eastern Indiana county that abuts Ohio issued more than half of its marriage licenses for same-sex couples last year to gay and lesbian couples from Ohio.
 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Climate Commentary with Bob Brecha.  In Miami Valley StoryCorps you’ll hear from an 11 year-old girl with Leukemia as she talks with her mom about how the family is coping. And in the Antioch Word – Wyatt Sours reports that the Antioch College Wellness Center is considering instituting women’s only hours at the facility.

The race track at the north Dayton racino under construction in 2014. Racino owner Penn National can't agree with the state of Ohio on a relocation payment to the city of Dayton.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The mayor of Dayton says the state needs to act soon to get the city a $500,000 racino payment it’s owed by law. The money got hung up at the very end of the recent lame-duck session, when Governor John Kasich vetoed a line-item amendment to a bill that resolved a long-standing dispute over the money.

Janeal Ravndal reads Marian Schwilke-Thomas' poem "My Table."

The girlfriend of John Crawford III has reportedly been killed in a car crash in Dayton.

Several news outlets are reporting two victims of a high-speed crash on New Year’s day turned out to be Tasha Thomas, age 26, and Frederick Bailey, age 30.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced the hire of Warren Price as Dayton's new city manager. His first day is Jan. 12.
Ariel Van Cleave

Dayton has a new city manager. Warren Price will take over in January for current manager Tim Riordan, who's resigning after five years in the job.

Price has most recently been working in Canton, Ohio, with the Stark County Sheriff’s Department, where he served as general counsel and human resources director. But before that he was Canton’s director of public safety and public service as well as the city’s chief of staff for about four years.

Uber has been criticized for competing with taxi cabs without being subject to the same regulation.
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The city of Dayton has unanimously amended its taxi and transportation ordinance to regulate Uber and other new transportation network services for the first time. UberX is an app-based ride service that’s been controversial in some cities in part because it competes with taxis, but isn’t regulated the same way.

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