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Statewide News
6:35 am
Fri January 17, 2014

First Execution Using New Drug Cocktail Viewed As Problematic

A convicted killer from western Ohio became the first person ever to be executed with a two-drug mix that the state of Ohio adopted as its execution method late last year.

The execution of 53 year old Dennis McGuire began with him telling his family he loved them and thanking the family of his victim, Joy Stewart, for a letter they sent him. Columbus Dispatch reporter Alan Johnson says McGuire closed his eyes, and then seemed to have trouble breathing.

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Retail
6:34 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Trotwood Residents Petition To Keep Target Open

The Trotwood Target is set to close on May 3, 2014.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A citizens’ group has gathered 1,700 signatures on a petition asking the Target store in Trotwood not to close. Target recently announced that its Trotwood and Middletown stores in the Dayton area are set to shut down May 3.

Trotwood city council member Bruce Kettelle compared the news from Target to a break-up.

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Arts & Culture
6:37 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Oscar Nominated Films Have Local Ties

Two time Oscar nominated filmmaker, Julia Reichert
Credit Publicity Photo

Nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning, and there are local ties in at least two films up for awards.

Storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson, who worked  with the Cohen Brothers their films Fargo and The Big Lebowski, also worked on the film Inside Llewyn Davis, which is nominated this year for cinematography.

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Music
3:01 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

The Motel Beds Release These Are The Days Gone By

The Motel Beds live on Kaleidoscope
Credit Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

After signing to Dayton-based Misra Records in 2013, The Motel Beds are now ready to release their first album for the label, These are the Days Gone by.  It's a sampling of singles, EP tracks and rarities from the band's first ten years re-mastered and with additional bass parts from Tod Weidner.  Members of the Motel Beds visited the WYSO studios for a live set ahead of the album release party and talked about revisiting their old material, working with We Care Arts on 500 limited edition covers and what the new year holds for the band.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Chinese Auto Industry Looks To The Midwest—But Why? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Asks Giorgio Rizzoni

The view from the old employee entrance to the Moraine GM plant, where Fuyao plans to put a new entrance to the plant.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Last week we learned the former GM Moraine Assembly plant is getting a new tenant: a major Chinese automotive glass manufacturer, Fuyao is planning to redevelop 1.4 million square feet of the huge factory, and bring in 800 jobs.

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