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6:30 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Transitioning Ex-Offenders Back Into Society

Credit Michael Coghlan / Flickr Creative Commons

Twenty-seven percent of Ohio's ex-offenders go back to prison according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. That number is lower than the national average. Next year, a record breaking number of nearly 20 thousand ex-offenders will be released in Ohio. Community Voice producer Jonathan Platt has this story about one non-profit that is providing a way for ex-offenders to make the transition back into society.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Wittenberg Hosts Town Hall Forum On Race, Rights And Law Enforcement

Guest speakers at the event included Stephen Moody, Springfield Police Chief; Anthony Pettiford, Yellow Springs Police Chief; Warren Copeland, Springfield Mayor; Lori Askeland, Yellow Springs Village Council; Jim Hutchins, Wittenberg Police Chief; Denise Williams, Springfield NAACP; Gene Kelly, Clark County Sheriff; Andy Wilson, Clark County Prosecutor; and Crawford family attorneys Michael Wright and Richard Schulte.
Credit Wayne Baker

Law enforcement and public officials attended a town hall forum Monday night at Wittenberg University.  The forum was sponsored by Wittenberg Associate Professor, Julius Bailey's hip hop class, and about 200 students attending used twitter to comment about  the panel discussion, which centered around race, rights and officer involved shootings.

Front and center in Monday night’s forum—the recent deaths of two black men; 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., and 22-year-old John Crawford, III at a Beavercreek Walmart. Both men were shot by white police officers.

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Around the Miami Valley
7:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Ohio Teen Sentenced To 4 Years For 'Knockout Game'

Credit Foreverdigital

A 17-year-old Ohio boy convicted on charges of attacking and robbing two men as part of the so-called "knockout game" has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Prosecutors in southwest Ohio's Montgomery County say the former Stivers High School student was convicted as an adult of two counts of robbery last month. He and two other teens were charged in attacks on homeless men in Dayton last spring.

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Around the Miami Valley
10:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

WYSO Weekend: September 7, 2014

Darryl Dean says he's met a lot of great friends through URS. Pictured here with volunteer Battelle Rippe Kingston during a duck cleaning and tagging party leading up to the Rubber Duck Regatta.
Credit United Rehabilitation Services

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

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Around the Miami Valley
6:43 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

United Rehabilitation Services Gears Up For 11th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta

URS kicks off their 'Regatta' a week early with 'Ducks on the Square, a "quacky" lunch-time affair with contest between corporate sponsors of the event. Here, participants raced around the fountain in downtown Dayton.
Credit Jerry Kenney

Next Saturday, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton will hold the 11th annual Rubber Duck Regatta.  Thousands upon thousands of rubber ducks will race down the Great Miami River at Riverscape Metro Park—all for a good cause—to support Miami Valley children and adults with disabilities. On Friday, URS kicked off the event with Ducks on the Square.  It’s there that I caught up with URS Executive Director, Dennis Grant to tell us about this year’s regatta. 

United Rehabilitation Services say funds raised from the regatta provide: 

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