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Jess Mador

Managing Editor, Economics Reporter

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.

Clifton "Sonny" Montgomery recently reinstated his suspended driver's license with the help of a specialized Dayton legal clinic.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A Cleveland investigation last year found driver's license suspensions disproportionately affect Ohio’s poorest communities.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles data collected by WYSO show the number of driver's license suspensions is on the rise in Montgomery County. Many are for non-driving related offenses.

West Jefferson will become home to Amazon's latest Ohio distribution center, slated to open by the end of 2019.
West Jefferson

The small village of West Jefferson will soon be home to Seattle-based tech giant Amazon’s sixth Ohio distribution center. Preparations are already underway on the massive "fulfillment center" building, slated for Route 40 between Springfield and Columbus. 

Amazon’s new, more than 850,000-square-foot, $175 million facility has been in the works for just a few months, West Jefferson officials say, and the project is moving at an accelerated pace.

Evenflo is one of Miamisburg's largest employers.
City of Miamisburg Municipal Government Facebook page

Baby-product company Evenflo has announced dozens of jobs will be leaving Miamisburg. The changes were announced earlier in the week as part of Evenflo’s parent company Goodbaby North America’s  corporate restructuring.

Under the plan, the company’s headquarters will relocate to Boston and eliminate roughly 60 jobs in Miamisburg within the next year.

Officials say the move will begin in the summer of 2018 and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.

Incumbent Beavercreek State Representative Rick Perales won overwhelmingly in Tuesday’s primary for House District 73. Perales won with 81 percent of the vote. Jocelyn Smith took 19 percent.

Perales will face Sugarcreek Twp. Democrat Kim McCarthy in November’s general election, who ran unopposed.  The district covers western Greene County, including Beavercreek, Fairborn and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Rep. Perales is serving a third term.

PUCO recently heard public testimony in Columbus on a proposed AEP Ohio rate-change proposal.
PUCO Instagram page

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is hosting public hearings this week on Dayton Power & Light’s application to boost electricity rates. The company applied to increase rates almost three years ago.

DP&L’s proposal would increase a mandatory fee on all customer electricity bills. 

Most of the services currently offered at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Philadelphia Dr. campus will be transitioned to Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus.
goodsam.org

Premier Health is responding to a federal civil rights complaint filed with the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights in relation to the impending closure of Good Samaritan Hospital.  

Premier Health recently announced it will close the West Dayton hospital later this year.

Premier officials say they’re still reviewing the administrative complaint. In a statement to WYSO, Premier said: 

Rep. Perales during House Session Sept. 13, 2017.
Rep. Perales

Voters will decide a number of competitive races in the upcoming May 8 primary elections.

Among them is the Republican contest between incumbent Beavercreek State Rep. Rick Perales and challenger Jocelyn Smith.

The victor in that matchup will go on to face Democrat Kim McCarthy in November’s general election. 

Read more about Ohio elections at the Statehouse News Bureau.

2018 Ohio State Ballot Issue 1
Ohio Secretary Of State Jon Husted

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 8. This election, voters will consider Issue 1. The statewide ballot issue would change the way Ohio’s congressional districts are decided.

Under the current system, the Ohio General Assembly votes to draw new congressional district lines every 10 years. The process gives the majority political party more sway over new Congressional maps.

Ex-offender Mary Sanders-Yaqeen with John Theobald, aide to Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. Sanders-Yaqeen received reentry assistance from the county's Reentry Career Alliance Academy after serving a 10-year sentence at Dayton Correction
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A Montgomery County program aimed at helping people returning from prison reintegrate into society and find steady employment is showing promise. That was the message from Montgomery County corrections officials at an event held Friday at the University of Dayton.  

The Reentry Career Alliance Academy program launched in 2015, and data show it’s dramatically reduced the number of ex-offenders who end up back behind bars within three years.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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The May 8 Primary Election is fast approaching. Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office reports more than 63,000 Ohioans have already cast early ballots.

Absentee voting in person and by mail began April 10, and ballots can either be returned by mail, or in person at county board of elections offices until the polls close on election night.

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