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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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After an hours-long public meeting, the Wright State University board of trustees Thursday voted to approve $30.8 million in cuts from the school’s budget next year.

The cuts include the elimination of 189 jobs, including 57 current employees and 119 vacant positions for a cost-savings of $14 million in salaries and benefits, officials say.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has announced plans to exit the state health insurance exchange by the end of this year. The decision could leave some people in 18 counties with private individual Affordable Care Act plans with limited private, non-employer health insurance options in the future.

Anthem’s departure is not expected to affect Ohioans with coverage through employer-sponsored health plans, Medicare or Medicaid -- that’s most Ohioans.

The mayor says the city's education initiative is showing signs of early success in helping to prepare young people for higher education and entering the workforce.
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Less than a week after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the state is suing five pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic, the city of Dayton is bringing its own suit. Mayor Nan Whaley Monday announced the lawsuit, which she says is needed to recover costs associated with police, fire, EMS and addiction treatment services.

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Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown Thursday met with police officials and addiction experts in Dayton. It's one of many health-care related appearances Brown, who has spoken out against Republican-backed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, has made across the state this week.  

Dayton City Commissioner Dean Lovelace served six terms and holds the record as the city's longest serving commissioner.
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Many in the Dayton area have been paying tribute to longtime city commissioner Dean Lovelace. Lovelace died Sunday, more than a year after vacating the seat he held for six terms. He was 70 years old.  

Lovelace was seen by many in Dayton politics as a champion for poor and disadvantaged communities throughout his two decades in office. He advocated for a host of economic issues, including fair housing, financial literacy, the earned income tax program and free tax-preparation services.

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Experts with the National Weather Service are still working to survey all of the damage from Wednesday's severe storms. Forecasters have so far confirmed there were six tornadoes in and around Clark and Miami Counties, with wind speeds varying between 75 and 100 miles per hour. 

The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes rated EF0, and two rated EF1, on the evening of May 24, 2017, including a twister that touched down in Clark County along Highway 235 near New Carlisle. No major injuries were reported.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with officials from Clark County and the city of Springfield, Tuesday unveiled a new Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in downtown Springfield.

The lab will be dedicated to testing drug evidence seized by law enforcement agencies in Clark County and statewide. Officials say it will be staffed by two highly trained and experienced drug-chemistry scientists, who will test complex combinations of drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic street opioids.

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Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is on its way to the Senate.

Douglas Fecher, vice chair, Wright State University Board of Trustees. Fecher is also president and CEO of Wright-Patt Credit Union
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The Wright State University board of trustees finance committee Friday announced details of a long-awaited budget proposal. The 2018 budget calls for eliminating 71 employees -- fewer than many feared -- and more than 100 additional vacant positions.

More than half the job cuts would come from administrative positions.

Approximately two dozen are hourly positions, and more than 40 are salaried staff. Four positions would be faculty members. Officials say another 14 current full-time employees will see their hours reduced.  

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Crowds are expected in downtown Dayton Friday evening for a rally against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Organizers say the protest is needed as the United States Senate prepares to take up legislation that would roll back key provisions of the federal health law.

The GOP-backed American Health Care Act, recently passed by the House, calls for cutting Medicaid funding and allowing states to seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. 

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