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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.

A number of state and local Ohio politicians plan to travel to Washington this week for President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the nation’s 45th president. The Inaugural Ceremony will be held Friday, January 20, at the U.S. Capitol, marking the end of President Barack Obama's eight years in the White House. 

Republican State Rep. Niraj Antani, of Ohio's 42nd district, is going, and says he’s looking forward to experiencing the inauguration in person.

A trolley bus parked at RTA headquarters in Dayton.
Pat O'Malley, RTA

As RTA drivers and mechanics prepare to return to work Friday, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is offering riders a “pay what you want” fare through the end of the month.

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The strike by Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority drivers and mechanics continued into a second day, Tuesday. School officials are working on contingency plans to help transport students to and from school safely. The RTA system came to a halt early Monday morning after talks between the union and RTA management stalled.

Donald Trump
Michael Vadon / Flickr/Creative Commons

More than six million people across the country signed up by the end of 2016 for health plans beginning in January through the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. That’s a record high. Enrollment was also up in Ohio, one of three dozen states nationwide that expanded Medicaid under the federal health law.  

Dayton officials are reacting to news that Southwest Airlines is leaving the Dayton International Airport in June of 2017.

In a press release, Dayton Director of Aviation Terrence Slaybaugh says Southwest's announcement is part of a growing trend concentrating airline service in larger hub markets.

Jerry Kenney

Yellow Springs Police Chief Dave Hale is resigning his post after New Year’s Eve events took an ugly turn in the village Saturday night. Hale's resignation was announced at a standing room-only meeting Tuesday at the John Bryan Community Center in Yellow Springs.

Village council officials are continuing to investigate what led to the altercation between police and revelers in downtown Yellow Springs, which ended with at least one person arrested and several people injured. 

EF Hutton executives stand in front of their new headquarters in downtown Springfield.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

EF Hutton officials say they’ve changed procedures and are cooperating with authorities after the Springfield-based company was targeted by an alleged internet fraud. 

The scam, by a Florida marketing company, allegedly drove fake internet traffic to EF Hutton’s website for several weeks.

CEO Chris Daniels says company IT security personnel discovered the fraud after noticing a suspicious internet activity pattern. He says no customer accounts were compromised and no security systems were jeopardized.

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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There’s an important deadline this week for anyone looking for health coverage through the federal insurance program known as the Affordable Care Act.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

State health officials have revoked the operating license of one of Ohio’s last remaining abortion providers. The state issued the order on the grounds the clinic failed to obtain a written hospital-transfer agreement. 

The Ohio Department of Health says the clinic needs another backup doctor available to admit patients in a medical emergency. Since 2013, the state’s required all abortion clinics to have such backup agreements. 

Springfield residents could see cuts to police, fire, parks and recreation services after voters narrowly rejected ballot measure Issue 2. The levy would have generated about $6.5 million a year for the city, and increase income tax rates from 2 to 2.4 percent for five years. But the results were close. The levy failed by just 55 votes. And all provisional and absentee votes have yet to be counted.

 

City officials have said that if the levy failed to pass, they’d be forced to close a fire station and reduce funding to the parks and recreation department.

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