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WYSO Weekend

Sunday, 10-10:30am

Every Sunday morning on WYSO Weekend host Jerry Kenney brings you the news of issues, interviews, arts and cultural events from across the Miami Valley.  WYSO Weekend is WYSO's Radio Magazine.
 

Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country. The problem affects African Americans -- at all income and education levels --most often. WYSOs Jess Mador introduces us to a Dayton public-health campaign to address that. Then Mador's report continues with a look at how state health officials are promoting visiting nurses to help reduce Ohio’s infant mortality rate, which is much higher than the national rate, despite progress in preventing sleep-related infant deaths.

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have the first of two stories about teenagers dealing with the Opioid Crisis. Today we'll hear from Megan Johnson, a senior at Centerville High School. *Support for Dayton Youth Radio comes from the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

 

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Dayton community members are rallying to support Oregon District businesses after a fire New Years’ weekend. The fire broke out in the kitchen of Salar Restaurant and Lounge, which was heavily damaged. Smoke also affected other nearby shops. I talked to one proprietor about his experience last weekend.

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The Dayton Convention Center’s future is in question after city leaders announced plans this past week to create a task force to assess the condition of the facility, its finances and future development potential. City leaders say the decision follows a feasibility study conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services. In our interview with Dayton’s Deputy City Manager - Joe Parlette - he says the Tampa (FL) based company, reported that the convention center needed major renovations that could cost millions.

 

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Thousands of West Dayton residents who lack easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables could soon have a full-service food market close to home. The west side has been without a convenient source of fresh produce since 2008, when a neighborhood Kroger grocery store shut down. Since then, city officials have tried attracting a new grocer without success. The story could have ended there. But now, nearly 10 years later, one community group plans to open a co-operative grocery store called Gem City Market. Advocates say it will finally bring healthier food back to the west side.  WYSO’s April Laissle reports.


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Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's jazz club in downtown Dayton died on Thanksgiving day. Community Voices producer and long-time host of WYSO's Jazz Night, Dave Barber reflects on Gillotti's musical legacy of the 80 year old.

 

Former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris also passed away after months of battling cancer. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles takes a look back at Harris and his contributions to the Ohio Legislature.

 

 

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Numbers show more and more Americans are turning to technology for help staying healthy and losing weight. Mobile step and calorie counters, fitness apps and wearable tech such as Fitbits are more popular than ever. With the season of holiday overindulgence underway, we tested one of the newest fitness trends hitting the Miami Valley. It’s a health club machine that harnesses the power of 3D technology.  

 

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Clark County has seen a record number of overdose deaths this year. But widespread use of ​Narcan is also allowing many people who overdose to survive and use again -- raising their risk of dying next time. To help curb overdose deaths, advocates, first responders and addiction specialists are collaborating on a new approach. It’s aimed at quickly connecting high-risk addicts to treatment. Clark County Community Voices producer Renee​ ​Wilde​ has more.

 


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. Clark County Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reports the new officers will go a long way toward responding to the city’s drug overdose crisis.

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Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine this week announced $971,000 in grants to eight Ohio veterans-service organizations. The recipient groups include five Ohio chapters of Honor Flight. Since 2005, the organization has transported hundreds of veterans to see memorials in Washington D.C.. Honor Flight Dayton President and Director Jim Salaman says the money will go a long way toward expanding services to veterans.

 

On Friday, WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and Jeff Opt from the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton had a conversation about the upcoming event at the Dayton Art Institute - The last Waltz is back for another run - wonderful performances from some very talented local artists. Here’s some of what they had to say.


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On Friday, a new monument was installed at the corner of 2nd St. and St. Clair in downtown Dayton. It pays homage to public service and is the brain child of former Dayton City Manager, Tim Riordan. The sculpture includes thirteen quotes highlighting the value of public service.  It features seats on two sides of the monument with an opening in the middle so people from opposite sides can talk with each other. It is titled “The Common Good.”  We spoke with Riordan and the monument’s creator, world-renowned artist, Jon Barlow Hudson, who has outdoor sculptures in more than 20 countries and 10 U.S. States.

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