In this edition of WYSO Weekend:
- The vote to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling limit was approved with most House Republicans opposing it, including most of the lawmakers that represent southwest Ohio. Emily McCord speaks with the Columbus Dispatch's Jessica Wehrman for this week’s PoliticsOhio.
- Governor John Kasich will bring a Medicaid expansion proposal to the Ohio Controlling Board today [MONDAY]… He’s gone around the Republican-run legislature in an attempt to approve billions in funds from the federal Affordable Care Act. As WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports, health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income people hangs in the balance.
- Early voting numbers in Clark County for the November 5th general election have been low so far. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports that election officials don't expect the numbers to increase very much in this off-year election.
- On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the creation of a network of first responders that will assist victims of human trafficking. The state will now work with the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. The announcement was made at Michael’s House in Fairborn – a place where abused children can get counseling, mental health and medical services. Michael’s House is one of 24 Children’s Advocacy Centers the state is now working with.
Though he resigned from his post on Friday, earlier in the week, Michael Colbert – now former Director for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, said the trafficking network would serve a different purpose than foster care programs already in place. Elizabeth Ranade-Janis, the Ohio Anti-Trafficking Coordinator believes partnering with the Children’s Advocacy Network will be an important step in the fight against human trafficking. As of September there were only about 15 arrests for human trafficking in Ohio this year, but officials believe the problem is much more widespread. And John Born, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety says Governor John Kasich human trafficking task force set up 2 years ago was a step in the right direction. Officials hope this increased collaborative effort will reduce the threat and the impact of human trafficking.
- The Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors is turning seventy-five this year. And to celebrate their diamond jubilee, DSPS will offer seventy-five hours of artist demonstrations beginning this week [October 21 thru November 24.] Community Voices producer Will Davis has the story.
- Continuing our series of faculty readings from this summer's Antioch Writers' Workshop, this week we hear from Jeffrey Ford. He's the author of numerous novels and short stories and his work has appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies from Mad Magazine to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. Here Ford reads from his novel The Shadow Years.
- SOCHE Talks is a collaboration with the southwest Ohio council for higher education. It's an effort to bring Miami Valley research and thinking into the public arena – a way to enlighten the world with local knowledge. This week, Doug Reihl, - director of Physical Plant and Facilities at Edison Community College talks about how conservation efforts there have helped cut energy usage, cost and CO2 output. We present an excerpt from that presentation.