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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.

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Despite cool temperatures, crowds gathered in Dayton’s Courthouse Square Saturday for a rally in support of science. The Earth Day March for Science is one of 15 across Ohio timed to coincide with more than 600 marches nationwide, including on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and around the world.

Organizers say the events are designed to celebrate science and evidence-based research and, “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.”

Rallies include speakers and educational activities.

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Clark County health officials say the number of drug-overdose cases continues to skyrocket. If trends continue, the county could soon surpass the number of drug deaths seen in the county all of last year.

Over the course of just two days, doctors at Springfield Regional Medical Center treated more than four dozen overdose victims, more than double the typical average, health officials say.

But it’s a fraction of Clark County’s total overdoses so far this year. Dozens more have died or were revived by first responders.

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Congressman Warren Davidson Facebook page

Republican 8th district Congressman Warren Davidson is expected to attend a town hall meeting Tuesday in Enon. It will be Davidson’s second such town hall event in as many weeks as Congress continues its spring recess.

The town hall, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Enon VFW, is being organized by Miami Valley anti-Trump coalition Indivisible.

Some members of that group walked out of Davidson’s last town hall meeting in Troy, saying the format did not allow constituents to have their voices heard.

Since December, WYSO has been collecting your audio letters for a project we’re calling Dear Mr. President, which asks what you want to say about your community – and what you want President Donald Trump to know about the Miami Valley. 

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Source: Center for Health Statistics. Ohio Department of Health. 2006-2013 Montgomery County, Ohio Death Certificate Data / http://ephtp.phdmc.org/page/display_map

Death-certificate data analyzed by Montgomery County epidemiologists show African Americans experience significantly higher rates of infant mortality than whites, regardless of income and education levels.

The public is invited to learn more about the risk factors for infant mortality Wednesday at a free community health forum, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on the Central State University Dayton Campus. 

More than 200 people crowded into a town hall meeting with Republican 8th district Congressman Warren Davidson Tuesday night in Troy.
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A raucous mix of more than 200 Trump supporters and opponents crowded into a town hall meeting with Republican 8th district Congressman Warren Davidson Tuesday night in Troy. The event was hosted by Tea Party organization Miami County Liberty.

Davidson is a member of the conservative and libertarian House Freedom Caucus and was elected to fill the seat of Former House Speaker John Boehner last year.

The event was one of many similar town halls planned around the country Tuesday as Congress begins a two-week recess this week.

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WYSO/Jess Mador

A recent report found the state of Ohio ranks near the bottom nationwide when it comes to the number of unsafe bridge

In Montgomery County, dozens of bridges are classified as structurally deficient and, transportation advocates say, federal and state funding used to repair and replace aging bridges just isn’t keeping up with growing demand.

The funding gap is complicating daily transportation for people who rely on deteriorating bridges across the Miami Valley.

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The University of Dayton Tuesday inaugurated Eric F. Spina as its 19th president. The Buffalo, N.Y., native is only the second lay leader in the school's 167-year history. Spina is a mechanical and aerospace engineer who previously served as vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University.

In a special ceremony at UD Arena, President Eric F. Spina called on the school to help "shape a more just future" by preparing all students to advance the common good.

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WYSO/Jess Mador

Southwest Ohioans now have a new way to access routine and urgent-care medical services. Premier Health officials Monday announced a new “virtual clinic” that connects doctors and patients via video conference. 

The Premier Virtual Care program is the first of its kind in the Miami Valley, officials say. The telemedicine program makes doctors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It’s intended for patients with non-life threatening conditions such as colds, flu, allergies and back pain, and it works like this:

Dear Mr. President Library Day

On President's Day, WYSO producers went to 10 Miami Valley libraries to record people’s letters to the president.

Stay tuned! 

We'll be sharing some of the letters we recorded during our Dear Mr. President Library Day event this spring, on-air and online.  

How to participate:

Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community, and what you want President Donald Trump to know about the Miami Valley. Submit your own letter by emailing it to wyso@wyso.org.

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