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Cathy Essinger reads her poem, "At Twig's End."

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A prosecutor says the former Columbus city schools superintendent will be charged with dereliction of duty in connection with the district's attendance data-scrubbing scandal.
 
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said he plans to file the charge later Monday and confirms that ex-superintendent Gene Harris will enter a no contest plea.
 
The Columbus Dispatch, which first reported the deal Monday, says Harris is expected to enter her no contest plea in court Wednesday.
 

Ohio Elections Chief, Auditor Sworn In For 2nd Terms

Jan 12, 2015
Jon Husted is Ohio's 53rd Secretary of State
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Ohio's elections chief says a recent overhaul of how the state draws its legislative districts shows the importance of never losing hope in politics.
 
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, who was inaugurated Monday for a second term, encouraged those attending his swearing-in ceremony to support the overhaul.
 
Husted had sought changes to the so-called redistricting process for at least a decade. Last month, the Legislature passed a bipartisan plan that will go before voters this fall.
 

An overgrown field was a golf course not long ago.
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Since the recession, more than 100 golf courses have closed each year in the U.S., but what happens to all that green? Turns out some golf courses are going even greener: they're getting "re-wilded."

In a dry, overgrown field of thistles and goldenrod, Michael Enright, the conservation manager with Five Rivers MetroParks, explains that not too long ago, this was a trim, manicured golf course called Larch Tree.

“I’ve been to Africa several times and it reminds me of the savannah there when I look out across it,” said Enright.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: We’ll learn about the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court – that’s coming up in our Veterans Voices series.  And we’ll talk with Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl – first a quick conversation about The city’s decision to alter its traffic photo enforcement program – then we’ll see what’s happened with Dayton Police since a 2008 Dept. of Justice lawsuit accused them of discriminatory hiring practices.  You'll find the full program details below.

Two teenagers who were with a 16-year-old boy who was shot by an adult outside the Dayton Mall last month have been charged with his death. The shooter has been cleared on the basis of self defense.

The Miami Township Police Department says 16-year-old Jawaad Jabbar attempted to steal a pair of shoes from a man with a concealed carry permit on Dec. 20. The permit holder took out his gun and shot Jabbar once. He died later in the hospital. The Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office says the shooter will not be charged and his name hasn’t been released.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl acknowledges issues with diversity within the city's police department.
City of Dayton Police Department Website

Despite efforts to address racial disparities within its ranks, the Dayton Police Department hasn't increased the percentage of black officers. 

A 2008 lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice found the Dayton police and fire departments engaged in hiring practices that discriminated against African Americans. The criticisms focused on written and physical tests that were eliminating African-American candidates.

Dayton Police Chief, Richard Biehl, says there were problems with the testing.

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has finished a one-year study of the Great Miami River Corridor, which looked at opportunities for economic development along a 99-mile stretch. The area studied runs from around Sidney, up in Shelby County, down to the city of Hamilton in Butler County.