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 Zombie Dogz launched as a food truck in 2012, and they opened up a restaurant in 2016.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Jayne Monat of Yellow Springs asked WYSO Curious how food trucks impact the local economy and how their impact compares to that of traditional restaurants. And the rise of food trucks, both locally and nationally, has been impossible to ignore.

Entrepreneur Magazine reports that revenue from food trucks has nearly tripled, from $960 million to $2.7 billion, over the last five years.

Food trucks are everywhere in the Miami Valley, and now some of the most successful mobile eateries are spawning spin-offs and transitioning into traditional restaurants.

April Laissle / WYSO

Many Dayton residents vented their frustrations about the upcoming closure of Good Samaritan Hospital at a NAACP-hosted public forum over the weekend. The event was attended by more than 100 people, featured a question-and-answer period with Premier Health officials.

At the beginning of the meeting, NAACP President Derrick Forward was clear: the group’s position is that Premier Health should reconsider its decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital.

Nick Evans / WOSU

The city of Westerville is reeling after two police officers were shot and killed responding to a 9-1-1 call over the weekend. On Monday, Gov. John Kasich ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff until the officers are interred.

Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering died after they were ambushed responding to a call early Saturday afternoon.

Struggling to hold back tears, Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer describes the incident.

Across the country, many school districts are grappling with declining enrollment. Many of these districts are opting to shutter schools in an effort to save money and consolidate resources. This is despite conflicting research on the benefits of school closures. Now, Dayton may be next.  In December, DPS leaders revealed many district schools are operating at under 50-percent capacity. Officials launched a task force to help decide the fate of Dayton’s emptiest school buildings –– many of them on the West Side.

The Your Voice Ohio initiative brings together Ohioans from all walks of life, to brainstorm homegrown solutions to the opioid crisis.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dozens of family members, advocates, recovering addicts and others affected by opioids shared their stories and experiences Sunday afternoon at a special community meeting held at the downtown branch of the Dayton Public Library.

The event was part of a unique project WYSO is participating in called Your Voice Ohio. The goal of the collaborative initiative is to bring Ohioans from all walks of life together, to brainstorm homegrown solutions to the opioid crisis.

April Laissle

Across the country, many school districts are grappling with declining enrollment. Many of these districts are opting to shutter schools in an effort to save money. This is despite conflicting research on the benefits of school closures. Now, Dayton may be next.  In December, DPS leaders revealed many district schools are operating at under 50-percent capacity. Officials launched a task force to help decide the fate of Dayton’s emptiest school buildings –– many of them on the city's west side. DPS authorities refer to the effort as a facilities "right-sizing."

John Hahn
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story about listening carefully when fathers and sons talk; sharing family history, ideas and politics. Today, we will share one conversation where son and father trade ideas. They are white, and next week, we'll hear from an African American father and son.

Dayton Filmmaker Leah Byrd Brings 'Hot & Bothered' To The Web, Big Screen

Feb 8, 2018
Leah Byrd wrote, directed, and stars in Hot & Bothered
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

Dayton filmmaker Leah Byrd is trying to break down racial and gender boundaries in a new web series called Hot & Bothered. The characters in her series are among the most underrepresented in television: black women and members of the LGBTQ community.

A 2016 report by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that less than 40% of all regularly recurring characters on TV shows are black, and that only 25% of LGBTQ characters are people of color. Leah Byrd’s series Hot & Bothered has both.    

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Dayton officials are asking the Air Force to stop what they say is groundwater contaminated by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from flowing into Huffman Dam. Officials say samples from the city’s early warning monitoring wells network alerted the city to chemical contaminants in the water.

 

Officials are emphasizing they have not found any of the contaminants in water provided to residents. They say Dayton's drinking water remains safe for consumption.

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Ohio is the only Midwestern state that’s had a sales tax holiday for the last three years. And now the Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would guarantee it would be an annual event.

The sales tax holiday for school items up to $20 and clothing up to $75 has been scheduled in early August since 2015. Sen. Kevin Bacon (R-Columbus) sponsored the permanent holiday, so lawmakers don’t have to keep passing bills to create it.

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