Lewis Wallace

Reporter

Lewis Wallace comes to WYSO from the Pritzker Journalism Fellowship at WBEZ in Chicago, where he reported on the environment, technology, science and economics. Prior to going down the public radio rabbit hole, he was a community organizer and producer for a multimedia project about youth and policing in Chicago. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Lewis spent many years as a freelance writer, anti-oppression trainer, barista and sex educator in Chicago and in Oakland, CA. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University, and he has recently expanded his journalism training through the 2013 Metcalf Fellowship for Environmental Journalism and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources.

Lewis contributes regularly to NPR and Marketplace, and works in partnership with WBEZ Chicago on WYSO Curious/Curious City and as a freelance contributor. His work on the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act for WYSO won two 2013 national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) awards for continuing coverage (first place) and best news feature (second place).

Lewis is transgender and goes by the pronouns "he" and "him."

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(Updated December 22nd at 10:45am) The Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, was closed for nearly three hours Saturday afternoon. Multiple police agencies from around the area responded to the store following a massive “die-in” protest.

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The family of John Crawford III has sued Walmart and the Beavercreek police for damages. Police fatally shot the 22-year-old black man inside the Beavercreek Walmart August 5 after responding to a call saying he was holding a gun. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun sold in the store.

The suit, filed in federal court Tuesday, alleges the individual officers, Sean Williams and David Darkow, as well as police chief Dennis Evers, the city of Beavercreek, and the Walmart store are partially responsible for Crawford’s death.

hollywood gaming racino at dayton raceway casino
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  The city of Dayton could get an injection of extra cash this year from the new racino, but the owners of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway aren’t happy about having to pay.

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At least fifty people will leave from Dayton Friday evening to make their way to Washington D.C. for a protest against police brutality, joining thousands who have been demonstrating around the country in recent months.

Dayton resident Iris Blanchard, a school counselor, says she’s fed up with seeing people she knows targeted by police.

“It’s time that we put our voices in and let the justice department know, let the Obama administration know, that they need to do something, they need to act now,” she said. “Otherwise the revolution is coming. It’s coming.”

Woolpert gets its small drones from Florida-based manufacturer Altavian.
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Commercial drones could be in Ohio’s skies sooner than expected, because the Federal Aviation Administration has granted a Dayton company an exception to the current ban on drones that aren't for government or recreational use.

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The president of the University of Dayton has announced plans to step down. Daniel Curran has been in the position for 12 years, and during that time the university has opened up an institute in China and converted the old headquarters of NCR into the University of Dayton Research Institute, among other investments. Curran stands out as the first president ever at this Catholic institution who is not a Marianist brother or priest.

Montgomery County purchased 13,000 tons of road salt last winter, up from a usual average of 10,000 pounds.
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It’s been a warm December, and that’s great news for Ohio counties paying high prices for road salt; the cost for many has doubled or tripled after a shortage last winter.

City of Springfield

  A tax reform bill passed in the Ohio statehouse Wednesday has lots of city and town leaders riled up. The bill, HB 5, set out to reform local income taxes by adding some uniform regulations, including changing the system for companies that work in multiple municipalities. Right now, municipal income taxes are a patchwork, with different policies in over 600 municipalities around the state.

James Hicks is the Bearded Barber.
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WYSO Curious, our series where you ask the questions and our reporters answer them, is at it again, this time with a question that might seem clear-cut:

Who is the Bearded Barber?

The logo for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
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Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked down to just 5.3 percent in October, which is as low as it’s been for years, and the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area (Dayton MSA, including Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties) saw an even lower rate of 4.7 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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