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Since taking office, President Donald Trump has signed more than two dozen executive orders. Some have provoked mass protests across the United States — including Trump’s order on immigration. With so much talk about executive orders in the news we thought it was a good opportunity to ask -- what are executive orders anyway, and how do they work? WYSOs Jerry Kenney spoke with University of Dayton Assistant Professor of Political Science Christopher Devine, who says presidential executive orders are often misunderstood.

DeWine Outlines Best Practices For Drug Abuse Prevention Education

Feb 13, 2017
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Statehouse News Bureau

The state attorney general is calling for schools to disclose what kind of drug education they’re providing to students, from their first days in class through graduation from high school. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said educating kids is a key to fighting Ohio’s opioid crisis, which he says is the worst drug epidemic he’s ever seen.

CAIR

The Council on American Islamic Relations says it wants investigators looking into vandalism found at a Columbus area mosque on Friday to consider it a hate crime.

The Columbus chapter of CAIR says surveillance video caught a man vandalizing the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Center on Columbus’ northwest side. CAIR-Columbus legal director Roman Iqbal said the man in a car painted with pro-Trump messages scrawled anti-Islamic graffiti on the mosque’s door. 

Native Sovereignty and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Feb 11, 2017

As the struggle between members of the Standing Rock Reservation and their allies against the Dakota Access Pipeline continues, History Talk takes a look at the long-term patterns of Native American relations with the U.S. government.

Wittenberg University Selects New President

Feb 10, 2017
Dr. Michael Frandsen will become Wittenberg University's 15th President.
Daniel Gummel

Officials at Wittenberg University in Springfield have named a new president to lead the school. The announcement concludes a six month search.

 

When he takes office, Dr. Michael Frandsen will become the 15th president of Wittenberg University. The school’s search followed the resignation of former president Dr. Laurie Joyner, who stepped down in late 2015.

The university has faced several years of budget cuts and Wittenberg officials say they chose Frandsen for his extensive financial management experience.  

Abortion rights supporters
Jo Ingles

Dueling abortion protests both for and against Planned Parenthood are on tap for Dayton Saturday.

The group Dayton Right to Life is organizing a rally for the “National Day to Defund Planned Parenthood” -- a day of action at clinics across the country aiming to pressure lawmakers to defund the women’s health organization.

Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

President Donald Trump is wrapping up his third week in the White House. Since the inauguration Jan. 20, the president has issued a slew of executive orders on a range of issues, including immigration, national security, trade and health care, sparking mass protests around the country, and pushback from mostly Democratic lawmakers. 

In Ohio, there have been mixed reviews on some of Trump’s executive orders, though many Miami Valley GOP leaders remain optimistic about the next four years. 

Black Enough: Two Teenagers Reflect on Race, Identity and Expectations

Feb 9, 2017
Marc Williams and Taylor Felder
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week's Dayton Youth Radio is the first of three stories from local teenagers about race. Today we meet Marc Williams and Taylor Felder, students at the Miami Valley School who reflect on their experiences with identity and expectations when it comes to race.

Hundreds rallied in Dayton to protest President Donald Trump's executive order, which includes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.
Jess Mador/WYSO

Officials with Dayton’s refugee resettlement agency are keeping close tabs on court actions related to President Donald Trump’s recent executive immigration order. The controversial order banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and banned all refugees from entering the country for 120 days. A federal court ruling Friday temporarily halted the ban, which is now the subject of a legal battle experts say may ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jess Mador/WYSO

It’s no secret that Ohio’s opioid overdose-death toll continues to rise. Despite a significant drop in prescription opioids over the last few years, overdose deaths in 2015 jumped another 20 percent, and Southwest Ohio has been especially hard-hit by the crisis.

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