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Geraldine Moore reminisces over old newspaper clippings she saved detailing Davey's fights.
Bill Franz, Dayton at Work and Play

In Springfield, Ohio, in a public green space just south of downtown, stands an 8-foot-tall bronze statue commemorating the life and death of a young boxer. His hands raised, ready to fight. He was once welcomed by throngs of cheering fans, and handed a key to the city. 

Two EF Hutton directors, and one former director, stand in front of the company's new headquarters in downtown Springfield in 2016.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

EF Hutton officials tell WYSO the company is on track with hiring and community investment goals, despite documented financial losses in the first half of this year.

The Springfield-based financial services firm reported a loss of more than $2 million over the previous two quarters.

CEO Chris Daniels says the losses were largely due to the $43 million company’s investments as it builds its web and mobile-phone technologies.

Flickr Creative Common User Claudio Toledo

Amazon has made it official: It plans to locate one of its fulfillment centers in the southwest Ohio city of Monroe, bringing more than 1,000 jobs.

Ohio recently approved a 1.39 percent, 10-year tax credit for the project, along with a tax credit for a planned fulfillment center near Cleveland that could employ 2,000 people.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant says the Monroe center will add to more than 6,000 Amazon employees already in Ohio.

Dayton business Event Lites successfully funded a recent expansion through Kiva.
Kiva / Downtown Dayton Partnership

Mom and pop business owners often struggle to find enough capital to get their ideas off the ground and succeed, research shows. Kiva Dayton’s recently launched crowdlending platform aims to help solve this problem.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend, report cards have come out for charter and public schools in the state. Ohio public radio’s Karen Kasler will tell us how how they performed this time around. We’ll also hear about the debate over gun-free zones in Ohio, and we’ll answer the question 'Why is the Miami Valley a tornado hotspot?' That’s coming up on WYSO Curious. See full details below.

 

Overdose deaths continue to rise in Southwest Ohio. The opioid epidemic is also taking a toll on the courts as more and more addicts end up behind bars for drug-related crimes. To help mitigate overcrowding, some Miami Valley counties are launching special drug courts. The courts offer nonviolent addicts a chance to avoid jail and get the services they need to stay clean and out of trouble for good. WYSO Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds has been following one of the newest drug courts in Clinton County. Reynolds reports the program is already having an impact. But it’s no easy fix for the county’s serious addiction problem.  

Stats + Stories: Stats of Cool Cats: Emotions, Mood Management and Cat Videos

Sep 15, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The internet is full of cats. There are blogs devoted to them. Twitter users sharing nothing but cat pictures and if you've been on Facebook recently, you've probably seen a cat video in your feed. Maybe it has annoyed you, maybe you thought the cat was cute, but those videos are more than just a distraction. They might actually be good for your emotional health. The connection between media and emotion is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories.  Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists, Statistics Department Chair, John Bailer and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair, Richard Campbell, and guest Jessica Gall Myrick, an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University who researches the connection between media and emotion. In 2015, she published a research article exploring the effect of cat videos on our well being and like those videos, her study went viral. 

A group of bipartisan lawmakers in Ohio and other states are calling for an investigation into a recent data security breach at credit bureau Equifax. The breach compromised the financial data of roughly 143 million Americans.

 

The giant foodbank event aims to help some of the thousands of Montgomery County residents who don't know where their next meal will come from.
The Foodbank, Inc. / The Foodbank, Inc.

Crowds are expected at the ​University of Dayton Arena Friday for a giant food pantry giveaway. The annual event aims to help needy residents by providing them with fresh produce free of charge.

Miami Valley Foodbank organizers say they are preparing for as many as 1,500 families to line up this year to take home free boxes of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits.

The Foodbank’s Lora Davenport says produce is often too expensive for financially struggling families to afford.

Dayton Public Schools
Liam Niemeyer / WYSO

State school report cards were released Thursday. The annual Ohio Department of Education evaluations measure the educational performance of districts across the state.

After last year's state report cards were released, many DPS officials breathed a sigh of relief. The district had earned an “A” grade in overall student progress, allowing it to avoid state takeover. The district had been at risk after receiving failing grades for the previous three years.

This year, results weren’t quite as rosy.

downtown dayton
Juliet Fromholt

The city of Dayton has been officially designated a Welcoming City, a status officials hope will spur economic development.

 

The certification recognizes Dayton’s efforts to integrate immigrants into the community. The city was audited by Welcoming America, a nonpartisan organization that evaluates programs and resources available to immigrants.

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