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David Garrison reads his poem, "Terre Haute."

Edge of Reason is an art exhibition and it features works on paper, canvas and found materials which explore issues of American nostalgia in dissonance with contemporary postmodern culture. The opening reception is tonight, 6-10pm at Warped Wing in downtown

Come one….come all!!! The Antioch Shrine Circus is tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the University of Dayton arena.

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State lawmakers could vote this month on a bill that would ban cities from requiring contractors to hire a certain number of local workers for big construction projects.

Supporters of a ban on local hiring quotas say that they reduce the number of companies that bid on projects, give an advantage to out-of-state companies, and drive up the costs of projects. Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) has been fighting the bill.

Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Fake Guns

Feb 4, 2016
.380 caliber gun police found on Orlando Lowery
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Two brands of handguns can look virtually identical side-by-side but there’s a big difference: one fires bullets and the other fires BB’s. Lawmakers say this can cause confusion and tragic results.

So-called imitation firearms have been the subject of controversy for a long time. Anti-gun advocates have said they look too much like the real thing and can cause confusion and panic.

For years Democratic lawmakers have proposed banning these look-alikes. Representative Bill Patmon of Cleveland is just the latest legislator to do so.

Gov. John Kasich wants to boost the tax on a pack of cigarettes to help fund his proposed budget.
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Ohio's efforts to prevent and control smoking and other tobacco use got another failing grade in an anti-smoking group's latest national review.

The American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control report, out Wednesday, gave Ohio an F for prevention and control program funding and for its tobacco tax structure. But the group said Ohio's doing a better job helping people quit.

Ohio's smoking rate stands at 7th highest in the nation.

Community Calendar Spotlight on Fort Ancient

Feb 4, 2016

One of my favorite places in the Dayton area is the Fort Ancient State Memorial in Warren County. The park contains a 126 acre plateau perched above the Little Miami River, surrounded by an soil embankment that was built by the Hopewell. And there are many more mounds and prehistoric architecture surrounding the site.

Central State University

Former Republican State Sen.Chris Widener has signed on as a consultant with Central State University. The new job comes less than a week after Widener resigned from the senate with nearly a year left in his current term.

A Central State spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday afternoon, that Widener will earn $6,000 a month from the University. 

She says Widener will be advising the university president, Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond on a variety of business matters affecting the school. Central State did not release other details on the agreement.

Home brewing has been enjoying a surge in popularity recently. There are many ways to approach the production of home brew. Jereme Zimmerman takes the down home route in his new guide to home brewing, "Make Mead Like a Viking - Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented Honey-Based Wines and Beers."

The state's forensic scientists have tested more than 9,800 rape kits submitted by law enforcement agencies around Ohio to check for possible DNA matches.

Nearly 12,000 kits had been submitted for testing as of Feb. 1 in an effort that began in 2011 to check previously untested kits for evidence. About 2,600 of those kits were submitted after a new law went into effect last March.

That law requires law enforcement agencies to submit any previously untested sexual assault kits associated with a past crime to a crime lab within a year.

Anthony Whitmore and Mayra Sierra

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in West Dayton in the spring of 2014. Today, we hear Mayra Sierra interview Anthony Whitmore. He's the president of MLK Dayton, a local social justice organization.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Tom Amrhein.