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Picture it - Bellefontaine, Ohio 1931. You’ve taken a seat inside the new Holland Theatre.

High upon the theatre walls around you is a 17th century Dutch cityscape - rows of nearly life-sized houses, their window boxes filled with tulips that wave in the breeze. Several large, slowly turning windmills are also there and above you, a bright blue sky; billowy clouds float by.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend - our weekly radio magazine. On today’s program, two stories about local radio. We’ll also hear Dayton Youth Radio and climate commentary from Bob Brecha with the University of Dayton. See full program details below.

 

 

Springfield and Wilmington will be hosting public forums on Capital Punishment Reform May 1 and May 2, 2017.
Statehouse News Bureau

On Monday, a Springfield Church is hosting a public forum on capital punishment reform. The event has several co-sponsors including, Amnesty International, the Ohio Council of Churches and Ohioans to Stop Executions.

The forum comes at a time as debates over capital punishment are heating up.  Ohio is scheduled to execute its first inmate in more than 3 years this May.  This summer the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will also hear arguments in a case over the state’s lethal injection process and the drugs they plan on using.

 

Avery Woodruff
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Miami Valley School student Avery Woodruff about looking for stable ground in relationships and in life.  

Avery Woodruff is a student at the Miami Valley School. Special thanks to Lindsey Cummings, social studies teacher at the Miami Valley School. Learn more at the school's website:  http://www.mvschool.com/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Federal prosecutors are accusing a Jordanian citizen living in Ohio of attempting to travel to Syria and fight with the Islamic State group against the Syrian leadership.

The U.S. Justice Department says 26-year-old Laith Waleed Alebbini was arrested Wednesday at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky.

Alebbini is due in court Thursday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, where he had been living. Court documents do not indicate whether he has an attorney.

Hundreds of Dayton Public Schools teachers rallied outside a school board meeting last night. It was an effort to show support for their union representatives as contract negotiations with the district continue.

Teachers union representatives and school district attorneys have been trying to negotiate a new teacher’s contract since January. The group has had 20 full-day meetings, and representatives from both sides say they haven’t still made enough progress.

It was 20 years ago that the Ohio Supreme Court found the state’s system of funding public schools unconstitutional. The case was brought by a coalition of hundreds of school districts and named after student Nathan DeRolph. They argued that relying on property taxes for school funding unfairly favored districts with higher property values. The Court agreed. The DeRolph decision was one of many attempts to solve a funding problem, and it won’t be the last.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The Xenia City School district is asking voters to fund construction of new school buildings. This is the second time the issue is on the ballot.

The district needs extra funding to replace their middle and high school buildings, which are both about 50 years old. District officials say the schools require constant repairs and no longer meet state guidelines.

Ohio Statehouse
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House Republicans went back to the drawing board to roll out a new budget plan after seeing tax revenues coming up short month after month. The changes include taking out nearly all of Gov. John Kasich’s tax reform proposals and redirecting focus on the drug epidemic.

In his last two budgets Gov. John Kasich has proposed a plan that makes reductions to the income tax, saying he wants to shift the state away from relying on income taxes.

wright-patterson air force base gates
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A new designation will honor Ohio schools that demonstrate commitment to helping students and families connected to the military.

 State officials announced the Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools during an event Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, near Dayton.

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