Dayton

The race for Dayton mayor between City Commissioner Nan Whaley, and former Montgomery County Pleas Judge A J Wagner will be decided on November 5th. Both candidates are Democrats but they disagree on a number of issues. As part of WYSO's 2013 election coverage, we spoke with both candidates about where they stand.  

Here is where each candidate stands on the issues we talked about:

THE PERCEPTION OF DAYTON AS A "DYING CITY"

Developers say construction of a Dayton "racino" starts this week.

Groundbreaking on the state's newest horse track equipped with slot-like gambling machines is set to begin this morning.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the $125 million Hollywood at Dayton Raceway is being built on 119 acres that was the site of an auto parts manufacturing plant. It's set to open in mid-2014.

The racino will feature harness racing plus 1,500 video lottery terminals, along with restaurants and food concessions.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for May 5, 2013 including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Jim Gross of Dayton Public Health about a new ad campaign geared at preventing accidental overdoses.

- Dayton's Air Improves, But Still Among Most Polluted US Cities, by Emily McCord

DATV went on the air on March 1, 1978 under the leadership of Dayton resident Roxie Cole.  35 years later the station is still going strong, providing a voice for community members and teaching media skills to local residents.  WYSO's Juliet Fromholt sat down with DATV's Dan Suffoletto and Melissa Constantine to talk about the history of the station and how they're celebrating their 35th anniversary. 

An annual Dayton festival planned around the start of the NCAA men's basketball tournament has been canceled this year.

Organizers said it was necessary because the NCAA is no longer permitting local sponsorships of public events surrounding the tournament.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the First Four Festival in the city's historic Oregon District was planned for March 17. The University of Dayton Arena is the annual site of the tournament's opening game, a "play-in" contest between the two lowest-seeded teams.

State Budget Brings Welcome News For City Of Dayton

Feb 5, 2013

Local officials are breathing a sigh of relief today after Governor Kasich released his budget proposal for the next two years. As Emily McCord reports, cities aren’t facing the kind of cuts they did in the past, and may even see some modest growth.

Authorities in Dayton are more concerned about large-capacity magazines than assault weapons that are the subject of debate in Washington.

Last year there were 27 homicides in Dayton, with handguns the preferred weapon and just one case involving an assault rifle. Most of the handguns had large-capacity magazines.

The sheriff in Montgomery County says it has investigated more homicides involving frying pans in the past three years than assault weapons.

Martha Moody's futuristic novel "Sharp and Dangerous Virtues" is set mostly in the Dayton area. The year is 2047 and a foreign army has invaded from the north. That army now occupies Cleveland and threatens to move further south.

The area between Dayton and Cleveland is now a huge agricultural region that has been sealed off from the rest of the country. In this region known as the Grid the Gridians raise the crops that feed the nation. In their seclusion the Gridians have gotten a little bit weird.

Learn to Earn Aims to Improve College Readiness

Nov 21, 2012

A new education initiative has launched in Dayton. At an event yesterday, hundreds of community and business leaders gathered for Learn to Earn. The goal is to bring together education and community members to provide students with an education that will equip them to go on to college. It will give a specific focus to high poverty areas to improve kindergarten readiness, third grade reading proficiency, 9th to 10th grade transitions and college enrollment. The nonprofit organization aims to increase the percentage of students with college degrees from 34% currently to 50% by 2025.

Obama, Biden Visit Crowd Of 9,500 In Ohio

Oct 24, 2012
Emily McCord

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Ohio Tuesday. At Dayton’s triangle park, he urged supporters to vote early and worked to fire up the base two weeks before the election. Mr. Obama accused Republican challenger Mitt Romney of being all over the map on foreign policy, education, and hit him hard on his position on the auto industry.

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