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Kabir Bhatia

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has announced he’ll be filing to run for Governor next year – on one condition. 

O’Neill, a registered nurse and former reporter, said he finally knows “what he wants to be when he grows up” in announcing his intention to file in February.  Speaking in front of about 60 people at the Chagrin Falls Township Hall yesterday, he laid out his vision for Ohio: reopening the state’s mental health facilities, legalizing and taxing marijuana, and building a high-speed rail line from Cleveland to Columbus to Cincinnati.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

As election day nears, advocates continue to lobby for and against a ballot measure that would limit how much Ohio could pay for prescription drugs. After months of political ads on both sides, some voters are confused about how the passage of Issue 2 could affect them. For more details about the proposal, WYSOs Jerry Kenney spoke with the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau’s Andy Chow. Chow says if passed, Issue 2 would tie the cost of prescription drugs purchased by state agencies to the price paid by the VA.

 

Last week, workers at Fuyao Glass America in Moraine filed for representation with the United Auto Workers union. To learn more about the process of forming a union, and what to expect with next month’s Fuyao union vote, WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with a labor-relations expert. Matt Crawford is an attorney with the firm “Doll, Jansen and Ford” – it’s a Dayton practice that represents the interests of workers and unions. The firm is not involved in the Fuyao union effort.

Cedarville University

Grace Norman is a sophomore at Cedarville University. She’s also the reigning Paralympic gold medalist in her class, winning at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games.

 

It’s also been a busy 2017 for the young athlete. In March, she defended her PT5 championship at the Sarasota (CAMTRI) Paratriathlon American Championships. And In July, she took 1st place in her class in the ITU Paratriathlon Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

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Last week, workers at Fuyao Glass America in Moraine filed for representation with the United Auto Workers union. To learn more about the process of forming a union, and what to expect with next month’s Fuyao union vote, WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with a labor-relations expert. Matt Crawford is an attorney with the firm “Doll, Jansen and Ford” – it’s a Dayton practice that represents the interests of workers and unions. The firm is not involved in the Fuyao union effort.

Six Cents returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope.  The band talked with host Juliet Fromholt about their expanded lineup, being the house band at Bada Bing Pizzaria in Springfield and more.

Jerry Kenney

For the first time, Greene County Parks and Trails is hosting a special pumpkin-lighting event called Pumpkin Glow. On Oct. 27 and 28, hundreds of carved pumpkins will be lit and put on display to visitors at the park's Russ Nature Reserve.

 

To find out more about Pumpkin Glow, we spent time at the Narrows Reserve off Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.   

Tyra Patterson in an undated family photo.
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Supporters of Tyra Patterson are celebrating a decision Tuesday by the Ohio parole board to release her by the end of this year. Patterson has served more than two decades in prison for her role in the 1994 murder of another teenager.

At a final hearing, the board said 42-year-old Patterson will be released on or after Christmas Eve.

Her attorney David Singleton, executive director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, says Patterson was overwhelmed by news of the decision.

Tyra Patterson in an undated family photo.
JUSTICE FOR TYRA PATTERSON FACEBOOK PAGE

An Ohio parole board has granted parole to a Dayton woman convicted in a 1994 murder case. Tyra Patterson could be released on or around Christmas Eve, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Calls seeking comment from Patterson’s attorney were not immediately returned. 

 

An initial parole hearing was originally scheduled for next year. Supporters successfully petitioned the state for an earlier hearing, which happened in July, on her eligibility for release.

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Jerry Kenney / WYSO

More than a dozen state republican lawmakers are urging Fuyao Glass America workers not to unionize. Last week, workers at the Moraine plant applied for authorization with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). They cited safety issues and a lack of communication with company leadership.

As Election Day nears, advocates continue to lobby for and against a ballot measure that would limit how much Ohio could pay for prescription drugs. After months of political ads on both sides, some voters are confused about how the passage of Issue 2 could affect their health-care budgets.

For more details about the proposal, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau’s Andy Chow. Chow says if passed, Issue 2 would tie the cost of prescription drugs purchased by state agencies to the price paid by the Veterans Administration.

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