First Four Tournament

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Basketball fans from around the country have their eyes fixed on Dayton, Ohio today and Wednesday as the city is playing host to the First Four opening round of the NCAA Men's basketball tournament.

The University of Dayton has held the opening round for the past 13 years and it generates millions of dollars for the Miami Valley economy.

Albany Mount St. Mary's, North Carolina State and Xavier held  practice at UD Arena on Monday and will play tonight. Cal Poly, Texas Southern, Tennessee and Iowa will practice today and then play tomorrow.

Opening games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament return to southwest Ohio this year, but a Dayton street party marking the tournament's start will not.

The Dayton Daily News reports the party held in 2012 as the First Four Festival included food and music and drew about 15,000 people. Organizers canceled it last year, saying the NCAA no longer allowed local sponsorships of public events surrounding the tournament, but said they expected to have a festival again in 2014.

Two different holidays specifically celebrate women - Mother's Day and International Women's Day. Dr. Judith Ezekiel, Women's Studies professor at Wright State University, will examine the historic roots and deeper meaning of these very different holidays at a free program at the Dayton Metro Library. Saturday, at 2:00-4:00 pm.

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.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 11, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney interviews Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge about Dayton's First Four Festival

-Juliet Fromholt interviews Ben Rivet and Tori Reynolds about Go With the Flow, a program they developed that combines yoga with live music. 

-Jerry Kenney speaks with David Van Allen, spokesman for the United States Postal Service about the proposed consolidation of regional services.

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are attending the kick-off game of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton tomorrow night.  It’s one stop on the prime minister's official visit to the United States. The two world-leaders will be interviewed together at halftime.

Sportscaster Clark Kellogg will talk to them for CBS and Turner Sports during the "First Four" matchup between Mississippi Valley State and Western Kentucky on Tuesday night.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m. EDT.