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In his 1989 classic, The End of Nature, ecologist Bill McKibben talks about people’s expectations that spring will come the way it always has come. There may, of course, be cold springs and warm springs, wet springs and dry springs, but what if  our deeper expectations are unmet? What if spring is so cold or so warm that it becomes a different season altogether? And what happens, McKibben asks, if our certainty about the predictable sequence of nature falters?   

Dr. Tanisha Richmond at her office in Dayton.
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For the last few months WYSO has been collecting your audio letters for our Dear Mr. President project.

Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community, and what you want President Donald Trump to know about the Miami Valley.  We’ve sorted through dozens of letters so far, and found the number-one topic on the minds of many of our letter writers is an issue that’s dominated headlines this year: health care and what to do about the Affordable Care Act. 

Wright State University
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Some Miami Valley colleges and universities are reporting a significant drop in international-student applications this year. The decline is part of a trend reflected in a recent Institute of International Education survey, which found nearly 40 percent of schools across the United States are experiencing similar declines.  

Update 12:05 p.m.:

Cincinnati Police say one person is dead and 15 wounded from a shooting inside a nightclub early Sunday morning.
 
Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the shooting at Cameo Night Club at 4601 Kellogg was the result of a conflict that started earlier in the day. 
 

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, WYSO’s weekly radio magazine. In today’s program, you'll hear Dayton Youth Radio, and Bill Felker has this week's Poor Will’s Almamack.  We’ll also hear stories about redemption and relocation.

The Republican bill that was to begin the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was pulled from a congressional vote on Friday. The bill did not have the support it needed to pass. In this week’s PoliticsOhio, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke to Karen Kasler of the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau on where some Ohio legislators fell on the issue.

Dozens of protesters sang happy birthday, ate cake and rallied in Moraine against a Republican-sponsored bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The rally fell on the federal health law's anniversary.
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As lawmakers in Washington prepare to vote on a Republican-backed bill to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act, more than 60 Affordable Care Act supporters protested Thursday in Moraine outside the Mandalay Banquet Center. It was the second Dayton-area health care protest in a week.

Organizers with the group Dayton Indivisible for All planned the rally to coincide with a county Republican Party fundraiser being held at the venue. Republican 10th District Congressman Mike Turner had originally been expected to appear at the event but was not able to attend.

Evangeline Lyon
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from a Evangeline Lyon who says that she's different from other students at her private high school.

Montgomery County Jail Justice Committee Members Named

Mar 23, 2017

Members have been appointed to a newly created, independent Montgomery County Jail Justice Committee. 

The Montgomery county jail is currently involved in eight federal cases alleging inmate abuse and civil rights violations. The Montgomery County Commission had asked the Justice Department to investigate the allegations. 

County Commissioner Dan Foley says the committee will make recommendations on improving conditions at the jail in light of the ongoing civil rights investigation. 

Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services is taking steps to sell 4 of its facilities.

The Board is looking to find new owners for its Calumet, Jergens, Kuntz and Liberty centers. Each facility provides a variety of services to people with developmental disabilities.

The move was prompted by new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under the new rules, by 2024, county boards will no longer be allowed to both provide services to people on federal waivers and manage their cases.

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