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Construction was among the industries that saw the most job growth in Ohio last year, according to state employment data published Wednesday by the U.S. Labor Department.

When it comes to Ohio industries, manufacturing tends to get a lot of the attention. And while those jobs did grow by about 1.5 percent last year, the real the star of the latest Labor Department numbers is the construction industry.

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Dayton Power and Light and parent company AES Corporation have announced more than 150 employees will be cut in Indiana and Ohio. The cuts, which are part of a restructuring plan announced Tuesday, are expected to take place over the next few weeks.

As part of the restructuring, officials say at least 100 workers from Indianapolis Power and Light will be cut. Another 60 employees in Ohio will lose their jobs, though it’s unclear exactly how many employees will be from the Dayton-area.


Though the shops along Sullivant Avenue in Columbus, Ohio had all closed their doors one cold November night, a young woman walked alone down the alley behind the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She was petite and wore lipstick, a tweed coat and blue jeans torn at the knee.

Dayton Public Schools reached a separation agreement with superintendent Rhonda Corr this week. The district is paying Corr to step down.

More than 200 Springfield residents packed into a high school cafeteria for a public hearing Thursday night. Many came to comment on an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency permit application.  The permit would allow mining company Enon Sand and Gravel to dump treated wastewater into a tributary of the nearby Mud Run.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
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The Ohio attorney general's office says investigations of human trafficking cases rose last year to its highest level since the state began keeping track of those numbers.

 The Blade reports authorities investigated 202 human trafficking cases in 2017, a 50 percent increase from the previous year. The report released last week by the state attorney general's Human Trafficking Commission shows the majority of cases involved the sex trade.

Trump To Tout Tax Law At Cincinnati-Area Company Monday

Feb 5, 2018
Donald Trump
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President Trump will tout the Republican tax cuts at a Blue Ash manufacturing company Monday afternoon.

The president will be going to Sheffer Corp., a company which makes industrial cylinders.

Last month, after Trump signed the tax reform bill into law, Sheffer management gave its employees $1,000 bonuses, according to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who visited the plant in early January.

Portman's spokeswoman said the senator will accompany Trump to Sheffer on Monday.

Will Higher Taxes Solve Springfield’s Problems?

Feb 5, 2018
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In May, Springfield voters approved a temporary income-tax increase. It raises the city’s tax rate from 2% to 2.4% for a period of 5 and 1/2 years.

But that wasn’t the first time the city asked residents for more money. A tax hike was also on the ballot in November of 2016. At the time, Springfield City Manager Jim Bodenmiller told voters that he would have to cut city services if the increase wasn’t approved.

He wasn’t bluffing. The tax increase failed in 2016, and the city started slashing services. 

OEPA Hearing On Mining Company Permit Draws Crowd, Comments

Feb 2, 2018
Many Clark County residents at the hearing were worried about the impact Enon Sand and Gravel's proposal could have on the environment.
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More than 200 Springfield residents packed into a cafeteria at Greenon High School for a public hearing Thursday night.

Many came to comment on an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency permit application that would allow mining company Enon Sand and Gravel to dump treated wastewater into a tributary of the nearby Mud Run.

Dina Pierce is spokesperson for the Ohio EPA. Pierce says the agency is listening to community concerns as it considers the permit application.

Sarah Weymouth
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Centerville High School student Sarah Weymouth about parents communicating with their teenagers.

You know your kids better than anyone else right? Inside and out, right? I’m sure that’s how my dad felt, up until last week when i gave him a reality check. My parents got divorced when I was 7 years old. Before then, we all lived together happily in our little ranch style home in suburban Centerville, Ohio.

Stats + Stories: Balancing Rigor And Entertainment When Telling Stories About Data

Feb 1, 2018
Stats + Stories

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

We all know data can be complex. Communicating it to an audience in a way that is understandable while still full of research nuance, and rigor is sometimes a challenge. This becomes even more so when that data is connected to a controversial topic. Say, the debate over vaccinations, for example. One way to bridge that gap is to use data in storytelling, helping audiences get to the meat of an issue without bogging them down too much in the technical details, communicating complicated data stories to a general audience is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism and Film, are joined by Data Researcher Nick Thieme. Thieme is a Research Fellow at the University of California Hastings Institute for Innovation Law, where he explores Artificial Intelligence Regulation, Cyber Security and Pharmaceutical Patent Trolling. He was also the American Statistical Association's 2017 Mass Media Fellow, writing about Science, Tech, and Stats for Slate Magazine.