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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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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

Dayton community members are rallying to support Oregon District businesses after a fire New Years’ weekend. The fire broke out in the kitchen of Salar Restaurant and Lounge, which was heavily damaged. Smoke also affected other nearby shops. I talked to one proprietor about his experience last weekend.

Freezing temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week, and the city of Dayton has opened several city recreational facilities as warming centers for residents who need a place to escape the cold.

Officials say the warming centers will remain open during regular business hours through Friday, Jan. 5.

 

Those centers are:  

 

* Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St.

Greater Dayton RTA
Greater Dayton RTA / Greater Dayton RTA

On Tuesday, Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority board members approved a number of route changes and a rate increase for riders.

 

Under the plan, single-boarding fares will increase from $1.75 to $2, and tokens worth $1.50 will be eliminated. Several current routes will also be eliminated under the plan.

 

Dayton RTA officials say the changes were needed following a change in Medicare managed-care payments last year.

 

There was no shortage of political news in 2017. And here in Ohio several big stories received a lot of attention –– from lawmakers and voters alike.

 

In this installment of PoliticsOhio, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney speaks with Jo Ingles at the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau. Ingles highlights some of the biggest political stories of the year. And she gives us a taste of what we may be seeing at the statehouse in 2018.

 

City of Dayton

Crime rates have fallen significantly in Dayton this year, according to the latest city data. The city’s drop in crime lines up with larger national trends showing overall crime rates at historic lows in many cities.

 

 

The data show Dayton’s crime rate fell by double digits in many areas:  

 

Violent crimes, including murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault, are down 15 percent for 2017. Property crimes, such as arson, residential burglary and theft are down 18 percent.

 

Miamisburg is getting a new 24-hour emergency medical center. Premier Health broke ground Monday on the new hospital. It’s the latest addition to Dayton’s Premier Health network, which already includes five hospitals and two major health centers.

 

The Austin Boulevard Emergency Center will include nearly a dozen emergency beds, including two trauma bays.

 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

The Dayton Convention Center’s future is in question after city leaders announced plans this past week to create a task force to assess the condition of the facility, its finances and future development potential. City leaders say the decision follows a feasibility study conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services. In our interview with Dayton’s Deputy City Manager - Joe Parlette - he says the Tampa (FL) based company, reported that the convention center needed major renovations that could cost millions.

 

wright-patterson air force base gates
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President Trump has signed into law a bill that will support jobs and research functions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed by the president contained several bipartisan amendments introduced by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

Brown issued a statement saying the law would, “make sure highly-skilled workers [at Wright-Patt] can continue to do their jobs and help meet national security needs.”

DCC

Dayton officials announced Tuesday plans to create a task force to assess the condition of the Dayton Convention Center facility, its finances and future development potential. City Manager Shelley Dickstein said in a statement the task force would be led by City Commissioner Christopher Shaw and Chamber of Commerce President Phil Parker.

 

City leaders say the decision follows a feasibility study of the Seventies-era convention center conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Thousands of West Dayton residents who lack easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables could soon have a full-service food market close to home. The west side has been without a convenient source of fresh produce since 2008, when a neighborhood Kroger grocery store shut down. Since then, city officials have tried attracting a new grocer without success. The story could have ended there. But now, nearly 10 years later, one community group plans to open a co-operative grocery store called Gem City Market. Advocates say it will finally bring healthier food back to the west side.  WYSO’s April Laissle reports.


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