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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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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.

Bessemer converter (iron into steel), Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, Pa.
Alfred T. Palmer - Wikimedia Commons

Ohio U.S. senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, are urging the federal Department of Commerce to step up an investigation into foreign steel imports.

 

Earlier this year, the agency opened an investigation into whether countries such as China and Russia were flooding the U.S. steel market with low-cost imports.

 

The investigation has reportedly stalled. And the Ohio lawmakers say low-cost imported steel is undercutting U.S. producers' profits.

 

Neon Movies

This year, The Neon in downtown Dayton asks the question "What do Bette Midler, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Laura Linney, Ian McKellen and Laverne Cox all have in common?" To find out the answer, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Neon manager, Jonathan McNeal.

McNeal joined us in the WYSO studios recently to provide a rundown of the films that will be showing in this year's Dayton LGBT Film Festival. In the interview, you'll also find out what question McNeal says he hasn't received from the press or from anyone he's talked to about the festival.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

In the highly-structured lives of working parents, carving out unstructured playtime for young children can be difficult. Community Voices producer Tess Cortés explored how other parents and caregivers over the age of 35 navigate this path.

Since 1996 more than 160 influential people with ties to the Miami Valley have been inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame. On Thursday seven more people were honored with a spot on the walk. The Honorees enshrined into the walk of fame this year include actress and Oakwood native Allison Janney. We sat down with the the popular 'West Wing' drama and ‘Mom’ sitcom star before the ceremony at Sinclair College Conference Center. In this interview she told us what the honor means for not only her, but her parents.


Jerry Kenney

Since 1996, more than 160 influential people with ties to the Miami Valley have been inducted into the Dayton Region's Walk of Fame. Thursday at Sinclair Community College, seven more people were honored with a spot on the walk.

This year's honorees included actress and Oakwood native Allison Janney. The popular West Wing and ‘Mom’ sitcom star says her inclusion on the walk felt a little overwhelming.

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
Chaos

Ohio’s opioid crisis continues to escalate. In an effort to curb the epidemic, the state is launching a new program designed to help spot criminal activity and prescription drug abuse.

 

Since 2006, Ohio has been collecting information on all prescriptions for controlled substances, including those prescribed by doctors and those dispensed by pharmacies. The data is tracked in the so-called Automated Rx Reporting System, also known as OARRS.

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul is a social service agency for adults and families in the Miami Valley who are "on the brink of becoming homeless or who are already homeless." Every year they serve more than 100,000 people, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Each year, through their Mission Gala, the organization raises the lion-share of funding they need to operate annually. This year's event "Unmasking Poverty" will reveal preconceived notions of poverty - the faces of the families in need in our community.

This year's event takes place Saturday Oct. 7, 2017.

In 2016, Community Voices Producer, Jason Reynolds profiled Vietnam veteran Barry Romo in a two-part story called 'How a Model Soldier Becomes a Vietnam Protester: The Barry Romo Story.
courtesy of Barry Romo, VVAW

Antioch University Professor Emeritus Jim Malarkey, says, "The Vietnam War was a defining time in the lives of several generations of Americans and South East Asians. Three million perished and countless were wounded and displaced. The consequences were incalculable. Active resistance to the war eventually led to U.S. withdrawal. But attitudes to the Vietnam war had divided families, towns, campuses and congregations; and the war still sits heavily and unresolved in the minds of many."

 

 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend, one of our newest Community Voices producers examines the question, ‘Who Killed Davey Moore?’ We’ll also hear commentary from Bob Brecha. See full details below.

 

Approximate boundaries of the Behr Dayton Thermal System VOC Plume, North Sanitary (Valleycrest) Landfill and Valley Pike VOCs Superfund sites.
EPA

A coalition of religious groups are joining forces, this weekend, to call attention to proposed cuts to the EPA.  They say the cuts would hamper the cleanup of local lands that have been polluted. 

 

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