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Demonstrators at a 2010 protest in Washington D.C. demanding immigration reform. Several efforts since have failed in Congress.
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Miami Valley immigrant advocates are calling on the Trump administration to continue a program that allows young people brought to the United States illegally as children to remain in the country.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, permits about 800,000 people to temporarily work, attend school or serve in the military under certain conditions.

President Donald Trump is expected to issue a decision soon on whether to continue with the Obama-era program.

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With Labor Day weekend travel already underway for many Ohioans, law enforcement officials are urging drivers to be safe, and stay alive. The State Patrol is encouraging drivers to plan ahead before hitting the road to leave time for unexpected traffic congestion.  

Nearly 85 percent of all travelers this holiday weekend will be driving to their destinations, according to AAA.

 

Ohio State Patrol officials say typical late night pop-up construction will be suspended for the holiday weekend.

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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Beginning this week, Ohio, doctors, dentists and nurses will be required to follow new rules for prescribing opioid medications.

The rules include limits to opioid prescriptions for conditions such as broken bones, sprains and minor surgery to seven days for adults and five days for minors.

The changes are similar to those already enacted in a handful of other states, including Rhode Island, Virginia and New Jersey.

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Experts are warning we could see major spikes in the price of gasoline after Tropical Storm Harvey disrupted Texas Gulf Coast production. But gas prices tend to fluctuate even during times of relative calm -- WYSO Listener Chris Longo was wondering why that is? 

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, state officials are cautioning Ohioans who want to help flood victims to watch out for charity scams.

In a statement Tuesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine urged Ohioans to do their homework before sending money to any organizations promising to help Harvey flood victims.

The Attorney General advises residents to research organizations requesting donations. He says "it's not safe to assume charities recommended on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been vetted."

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White racial extremism is on the rise in the Miami Valley, according to Dr. Arthur Jipson, a University of Dayton professor who has studied the movement for over 20 years. And, he says, activity is not expected to decrease over the next few years.

 

 

 

White racial extremism is characterized by the promotion of white supremacist ideology.

 

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Two new studies reveal some unintended consequences for the the effort to eliminate questions about criminal records from initial job applications The ban-the-box problems are not caused by the former-felons it was supposed to help, but by the employers who are supposed be more likely to hire them.

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Ohio has more execution dates set than any other state. And a new report from Harvard Law School shows most of those condemned inmates have serious mental and intellectual impairments. The report suggests that could pose a constitutional problem.

Of the 26 Ohio men set to be executed in the next three years, a review by Harvard Law’s Fair Punishment Project shows almost two thirds suffered serious childhood trauma. Nearly a quarter are likely severely mentally ill and 42 percent have other impairments such as brain injuries.

The Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Chapter
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As flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey continues in and around Houston, Texas, many people in the Miami Valley are wondering how they can help.

Officials with the American Red Cross are urging people to consider volunteering, or donating to the relief effort.

To donate by text message, text the words “Red Cross” to 90999. Donations are also accepted at the Red Cross’ website.

Red Cross officials say at least 18 volunteers have deployed to Texas from the Miami Valley so far.

Welcome to your weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend. Coming up on today’s program, you’ll hear some music from one of our upcoming guests at the WYSO Community Concert taking place on September 10th at Riverscape Metro Park. Later in the program, Bill Felker has this week’s Poor Will’s Almanack. See full details and check out the program below.

 

 

This summer, WYSO has brought you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. Today, in our final installment of that series we’ll meet Heather Reese. 40-year-old Heather has Down syndrome, a heart defect called MR, and a visual impairment. In this story, Heather takes us on a tour of United Rehabilitation Services in Dayton, where she works. And, we meet Heather’s mom, Sue Reese, who also works at URS.

 

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