A group of Ohio journalists, mental health and addiction advocates is preparing to meet with some members of the state’s opioid task force Monday, April 23.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services-hosted gathering is designed to increase information-sharing about the state’s opioid epidemic.

The meeting is the second of its kind to result from Your Voice Ohio, an opioid-reporting collaborative between WYSO and more than three dozen other Ohio news outlets.

This week on Senior Voices we meet Dorothy Johnson, born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1938. She moved her family to Dayton in 1967, and spoke with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Ken Standifer, about her many years working at the Dayton VA. 

Young writers are often advised to "Write what you know." And we've found the young people of Dayton Youth Radio do just that. Project Coordinator, Basim Blunt, introduces us to this week’s story from Centerville High School. 

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Oakwood and Fairmont High Schools held a joint rally this morning at Fraze Pavillion. The rally was one of hundreds taking place across the country as part of a “National School Walkout” movement. The purpose of the rally was to call attention to school shootings and call for stricter gun laws.

Meigan Karolak is fifteen and a sophomore at Fairmont. She’s one of the co-organizers of the rally. 

Stats + Stories: Jaguar Corridors, Koala Conservation And Reef Health

Apr 20, 2018
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

When it comes to addressing environmental or public health related challenges, the conversation often centers on what we need to do to fix the problem, whether that be a warming planet or dying bees. Less focus is spent on understanding how we know what we know. How do we know the planet is warming? How do we know that certain insecticides are killing bees? The statistics that help us better understand such challenges are the focus of this episode of Stats+Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists Department of Statistics Chair John Bailer and Department of Media, Journalism and Film Chair, Richard Campbell are joined by Kerrie Mengersen. Mengersen is a distinguished Professor in Statistics at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia. She works on statistical methods and computational tools seeking to apply them to real world problems and Health, Environment and Industry. Mengersen is also the President of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. 

Wright State University
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Last week, Wright State officials announced they must cut another $10 million from the school’s budget before June 30 to avoid being placed on state fiscal watch.

It’s the latest development in Wright State’s years-long financial crisis, which was prompted in part by widespread overspending. WYSO’s Jess Mador spoke with education reporter April Laissle about how further budget cuts could impact ongoing faculty contract talks.

Dayton History

A Miamisburg site that played a big role in nuclear history will soon be open to the public. It’s the home of the former Mound Laboratories - known to some in the Miami Valley for its important role in developing the first atomic bomb. Beginning this month the Cold War-era Mound will also house a new Dayton History museum. Organizers hope it will showcase this critical but often controversial chapter of American history.

At the height of operations after World War II, Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg employed around 2,500 workers.

Many students at Oakwood High School walked out of school March 14, one month after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people.
Samuel Caruso

Hundreds of young people, teachers and parents are expected to gather Friday for another National School Walkout in protest of school shootings.

Students from at least two Dayton high schools are organizing the rally at the Lincoln Park Civic Commons at Fraze Pavilion.

The Dayton rally is one of more more than 2,000 simultaneous protests planned across the country Friday. It’s the third mass student-led anti-gun-violence event since the Feb. 14 high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

Galloway Hall tower — at National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio turns 30 years old this year. The museum was among the first of its kind in the country to celebrate African-American history.

This week, NAAMCC is marking its anniversary with the opening of a new exhibit. “Color Outside the Lines,” will highlight the museum and cultural center’s history over the last 30 years.  

Advocates for Planned Parenthood rally at Ohio Statehouse in 2016
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A federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a decision that says a Planned Parenthood defunding law backed by Ohio lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich is unconstitutional.

The law has been on hold since abortion rights advocates filed a lawsuit two years ago. It would allow the Ohio Department of Health to strip $1.5 million in tax funding from Planned Parenthood. Lawmakers say the measure simply steers federal funds intended for women’s health care away from providers that also offer abortions.

Senior Voices: Dorothy Johnson

Apr 18, 2018

This week on Senior Voices we meet Dorothy Johnson, born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1938. She moved her family to Dayton in 1967, and spoke with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Ken Standifer, about her many years working at the Dayton VA.