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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 an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. 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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Attorneys for the family of John Crawford III have written a letter to the Justice Department asking them wrap up their investigation. 

They claim that while the DOJ’s investigation of Crawford’s death in a Beavercreek Walmart remains underway, the family is unable to move forward with a civil lawsuit against the city of Beavercreek and the police officers who shot Crawford in 2014.

They have asked the DOJ to complete their investigation by the end of August.

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The owners of the Dayton Hara Arena have announced they will close their doors for good after an Aug. 27th event.

For more than 60 years, Hara has hosted music, sports and special interest shows.

Owners say a 20-year court battle has drained them financially and kept them from making needed renovations to the facility. The inter-family legal battle was the result of the unresolved estate of Hara founder Harold Wampler who died in 1996.

Fuyao Glass America
Jerry Kenney

Fuyao Glass America has announced it is expanding again in Moraine. They will now lease more than 240,000 square feet in the building just south of them off Stroop Road. 

The building, owned by Industrial Realty Group (IRG) and the Fuyao plant just north of it were once one bigger building housing the GM Moraine Truck Assembly Plant.

Fuyao President John Gauthier says with continued hiring and equipment installations throughout the plant, they need more room.

HIllary Clinton speaking at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy dinner
Statehouse News Bureau

The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is well underway and like Republicans last week in Cleveland, Democrats are doing their best to close a rift in the party.  This week, WYSO continues talking to convention delegates and attendees to get their take on what’s happening.

Susan Eacker, of Hamilton, is a Bernie Sanders delegate from Ohio’s 8th Congressional district. In this interview from Wednesday she says delegates may not come together by the end of the convention. First though - she says it's been a busy week.

Ohio's delegates are seated to the right of the stage.
Nick Castele / ideastream

The 2016 Republican National Convention has come to a close, and delegates are getting back to their districts.

Butler County Treasurer and Kasich Delegate, Nancy Nix, says this year’s convention felt much different from previous ones.

“There’s just so much, so much anger that I never felt last time," she said. "But four years ago, the establishment was in charge, everyone was unified. This time we’ve got a nationalist candidate, the establishment has been throw to the side.”

Nix says her experience has changed the way she views her place in the party.

Wright State President David R. Hopkins speaks to reporters
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Wright State University has dropped out of the first Presidential Debate in September citing both a fundraising shortfall and growing security concerns.

“Having a large open campus, accessible to the public, led to concerns about whether we could ensure the safety and security of those on and around our campus during the debate," said Wright State President David R. Hopkins in a press conference on Tuesday.

Wright State has also struggled to meet fundraising goals. The university budgeted $8 million for the debate and had only raised $2.5 million so far.

Jerry Kenney

Just a few weeks ago, Doolittle Raider, David Thatcher passed away at his home in Montana. 

 

Thatcher was just 20 years old when he flew on the infamous bombing mission that is credited with changing the course of WWII for the Allies.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: We’ll remember Doolittle Raider David Thatcher – the 94 year old veteran passed away just a few weeks ago and you’ll hear a 2013 interview we conducted with him at the National Museum of the United State Air Force. We’ll also hear music from local musician Kyleen Downes. Antioch College officials tell us what’s next now that they are a fully accredited institution. And a report from The Allegheny Front on leaking methane in wells throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. See full details below.

Antioch College
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Antioch College is once again, a fully accredited educational institution. Today the Higher Learning Commission granted the status to the college, which has been working aggressively to regain accreditation since it re-opened in 2011. 

Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Lori Collins-Hall, says it was Antioch alumni who positioned the college for a comeback.

On this week's edition of WYSO Weekend: Culture Couch – featuring 11th Hour. We’ll also talk politics, e-cigs, and the environment, and we’ve got details on the annual Dayton riverfront fireworks display. See full details below.

  • The city of Dayton’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks takes place tonight along the riverfront. To get all the details on this years event we spoke with Lamonte Hall, Jr., in the city’s Recreation and Youth Services office.

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