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The Springfield Police Department is hiring to fill an officer shortage with funding from a recent temporary tax increase.
Springfield Police Division Facebook page

The Springfield Police Department has been understaffed for months. But thanks to a temporary tax hike approved by voters earlier this year, the department is again accepting applications. Police officials say the new officers will go a long way toward responding to the city’s ongoing overdose crisis.

Jason Goins / WYSO

The Wind Energy industry has been taking off in the Midwest. The number of wind farms in the region has doubled since 2011. In Ohio though, new development worth up to 1.6 billion dollars has stalled because of the debate over set-back rules, the guidelines that govern the distance between wind farms and property.

Honoring The Dead At Dia De Los Muertos Dayton

Oct 26, 2017
Gabriela Pickett runs the Missing Peace Art Space, which hosts Dayton's Day of the Dead Celebration.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Dayton’s Dia de los Muertos celebration is this Sunday, October 29. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican Holiday that has its roots in Aztec rituals that honored the dead.  Today, it’s celebrated in countries around the globe. Here in Dayton, there’s a parade, Mexican songs and dancing, and lots of altars designed to lead the spirits of lost loved ones back home.

It promises to be a good time for both the dead and the living.

The houses in Greenmont Village are known for their flat roofs
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Greenmont Village might be tucked away between Woodman and Patterson, on the border of Kettering and Dayton -- but the neighborhood stands out, because unlike the rest of the area, most of these houses have flat roofs. Some people  joke that they look like sugar cubes or shoe boxes, but in the 1940s when they were built, they were essential housing for Dayton’s defense workers and their families. 

Bollinger Tower, until recently a senior public housing high-rise, stretches upward at the corner of Buttles and High Street in Columbus' Short North district.
Madeleine Fix / WYSO

Bollinger Tower, until recently a senior public housing high-rise, stretches upward at the corner of Buttles and High Street in Columbus' Short North district. The Short North – previously known for urban decay, but now known for art galleries, small businesses, and creative capital - sits between downtown Columbus and the Ohio State University campus along State Route 23 – High Street. The district enjoys public bus lines and vibrant economic growth.

Screen shot of Tess’s Peanut app profile
Tess Cortés

Embarking on the journey of parenthood later in life has had its challenges among the rewards. One challenge has been socializing my young son. He doesn't have siblings and most of my friends have older or no kids. Enter the world of play dating. I sat down with mom of two Mary Anne Kirk and caregiver Amanda Englert to discuss this once unknown, but now pervasively familiar, subject.

Mary Anne explains, ”Somewhat like a date, you arrange a time, you arrange a place, you show up with the kids, and they play.”

Geraldine Moore reminisces over old newspaper clippings she saved detailing Davey's fights.
Bill Franz, Dayton at Work and Play

In Springfield, Ohio, in a public green space just south of downtown, stands an 8-foot-tall bronze statue commemorating the life and death of a young boxer. His hands raised, ready to fight. He was once welcomed by throngs of cheering fans, and handed a key to the city. 

In this town, he’s a hero. Community Voices Producer Leo DeLuca has a story about Davey “The Springfield Rifle” Moore.

Many of Fairborn's Victorian era architecture actually came from the lost town of Osborn
Jonathan Platt / WYSO

Today on WYSO Curious, Community Voices producer Jonathan Platt takes a trip to Fairborn, Ohio in northwest Greene County, for a quick history lesson about how the town got its name.

WYSO Curious Looks At Racial Gap In Local Policing

Aug 11, 2017
Dayton residents chat with police during a Coffee With a Cop event at Benjamin's the Burger Master.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

On this installment of WYSO Curious, we tackle a question asked by Talis Gage, "Why don’t more black people become police officers?"

Johnny Morehouse's monument is one of the most iconic at Woodland Cemetery
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Today on WYSO Curious we answer a question from listener Eileen Ribbler of Kettering about a statute of a little boy and dog at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. Eileen wanted to know what the story was behind the marker, one of the most iconic monuments in the Cemetery, which commemorates five year old Johnny Morehouse. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde went to this famous Dayton landmark to dig up the answer.

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