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Jerry Kenney

Host, All Things Considered and Producer, WYSO Weekend

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition.

In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies.

Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as a first place, national award from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRINDI) for his work. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.

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An Ohio parole board has granted parole to a Dayton woman convicted in a 1994 murder case. Tyra Patterson could be released on or around Christmas Eve, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Calls seeking comment from Patterson’s attorney were not immediately returned. 

 

An initial parole hearing was originally scheduled for next year. Supporters successfully petitioned the state for an earlier hearing, which happened in July, on her eligibility for release.

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More than a dozen state republican lawmakers are urging Fuyao Glass America workers not to unionize. Last week, workers at the Moraine plant applied for authorization with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). They cited safety issues and a lack of communication with company leadership.

As Election Day nears, advocates continue to lobby for and against a ballot measure that would limit how much Ohio could pay for prescription drugs. After months of political ads on both sides, some voters are confused about how the passage of Issue 2 could affect their health-care budgets.

For more details about the proposal, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau’s Andy Chow. Chow says if passed, Issue 2 would tie the cost of prescription drugs purchased by state agencies to the price paid by the Veterans Administration.

In October, Antioch College will host a Restorative Justice (RJ) symposium called "Healing Harms In Today's Troubled World. Organizers say the symposium will look at two broader topics: how RJ can be/is used in  higher eduction, and how RJ can be/is used to heal harms in a community.

This is a national conference designed to teach the principles and practices of Restorative Justice and its approach to problem solving.

In an interview with WYSO this week, Jalyn Roe, one of the organizers of the symposium, talks about the reasons behind the summit and offers details on how to get involved.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

In the early 1940’s Dayton’s population swelled as employment opportunities in area factories, research facilities and military installations rose dramatically. But there wasn’t enough housing for these new workers and their families. In response to the shortage, three unique public housing developments were built. One of these developments was the topic of a WYSO Curious question from a listener, so Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde took a stroll through Greenmont Village and found it still going strong 80 years later.

The federal government has granted the Montgomery County Family Treatment Court additional funding to expand services for families affected by the opioid crisis. The $2.1 million, five-year funding grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will allow the court to expand those services to as many as 75 parents and 34 children a year, officials say.

 

Fuyao Glass America
Jerry Kenney

Fuyao Glass America in Moraine is responding to news that employees have filed a petition to unionize under the United Auto Worker’s banner.

 

The move to unionize Fuyao is backed by the UAW and perhaps 30 percent or more of company workers. They have filed an application for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB. If the NLRB approves the petition, it will schedule a vote for Fuyao workers to decide whether or not to unionize.

 

Drug Enforcement Administration

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Wright State University are teaming up to host a rally dedicated raising awareness about drug use and prevention.

The "360 Power of You” Rally taking place on October 16, 2017 at the Nutter Center is an education and outreach event on drug prevention. Organizers especially want high school students, their families, and college age students to attend the event.

DEA Special Agent, Rich Isaacson, says for the last decade his agency has worked to develop a more "holistic approach" to dealing with the opioid crises.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

Unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County for 2017 now stand at 499. The numbers came in a monthly update from Public Health Dayton, and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services. At the press conference, three young people - Cory Kabara, Andrew Leadford and Sarah Fowler Northrup - stood up to tell their stories of addiction and recovery.


Following the press conference, it was a quick trip into the next room where I sat down with Rich Isaacson - Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and public information officer for Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky, and Andrea Hoff - Director of Prevention and Early Intervention with ADAMHS. We talked about a collaboration they are working on together.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

Unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County for 2017 now stand at 499. The numbers were released during a monthly update from Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) on Thursday.

In September there were 33 accidental drug overdoses logged by the county. Those deaths have been trending downward since a spike in May when there were 80 deaths recorded.

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