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Clifton "Sonny" Montgomery recently reinstated his suspended driver's license with the help of a specialized Dayton legal clinic.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A Cleveland investigation last year found driver's license suspensions disproportionately affect Ohio’s poorest communities.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles data collected by WYSO show the number of driver's license suspensions is on the rise in Montgomery County. Many are for non-driving related offenses.

Mental Wealth: A Teenager Talks About Depression

May 17, 2018
Andrew Marrero
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Many students hide depression and at times, they don’t know the signs. Dayton Youth Radio producer Andrew Marrero decided he wanted to explore his struggle with depression and has our essay for today.

My name is Andrew Marrero, and I am a student at Stivers School for the Arts.  Music has been what's driven me my entire life. That's something I want to do. I want to write my own music, I want to produce my own music. I want to make my mark on the world through music.

Dayton History

Since 2005, when Carillon Historical Park merged with the Montgomery County Historical Society to form Dayton History, the organization has been in high-gear uncovering and promoting Dayton’s past.

Ray Burns and puppy Razor
Renee Wilde / WYSO

As Ohio’s small family farms have disappeared over the past 50 years, the brushy fence rows, weedy ditches, pastures, and hay fields that are crucial habitat to pheasant have also disappeared.

In the 1940’s Ohio had an estimated 5 million wild pheasant, but now only small pockets of these colorful birds roam the countryside. Today on County Lines, Renee Wilde goes to a private hunting preserve in West Alexandria to learn more.

The 'Movie Memphis Belle' appearing this week at Grimes Field airbase in Urbana, Ohio.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

An assortment of WWII-era planes took to the skies above Dayton Wednesday, as the National Museum of the United States Air Force unveiled its latest exhibit. The show includes the restored B-17 bomber called The Memphis Belle. The infamous plane was the first to complete 25 missions over Europe during the Second World War. The plane and its missions were the subject of a documentary, and a feature film.

The renovated B-17 used in the 1990 film the movie, also called Memphis Belle, was part of the early morning flyover above the museum.

Senior Voices: Gary Mitchner

May 16, 2018
Gary Mitchner
Senior Voices

This week on Senior Voices, Oakwood resident Gary Mitchner recalls a few of the mentors who inspired his career in education. He began teaching at Sinclair Community College in 1972, and served as its first poet laureate before retiring in 2006. He spoke with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer and Community Voices producer, Tess Cortes.

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Dayton's officials are coming up against some unknowns in the budget process for next year.
Derek Jensen / Flickr Creative Commons

The City of Dayton is again exploring ways to ban panhandling along major city highways. At a meeting Wednesday evening, the city commission is expected to review an ordinance that would criminalize the practice.

Dayton first introduced legislation to restrict panhandling in 2011. That law required panhandlers to register with the city, and restricted begging to daylight hours. It also allowed cops to arrest violators instead of just citing them.

After legal challenges, the law was partially repealed in 2016.

If Gem City's fundraising effort is successful, construction will begin early next year. The store is set to open in the summer of 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

Organizers have secured a location for Gem City Market, a planned co-operative grocery store designed to help alleviate food insecurity in West Dayton.

Officials announced this morning Gem City Market will be built in one of Ohio’s largest food deserts, on the 300 and 400 blocks of Salem Avenue in Northwest Dayton. The site currently houses a vacant lot and shuttered art supply shop.

Organizers are hoping to raise a total of $4.2 million to fund the project. More than one-third of that amount has already been committed.

West Jefferson will become home to Amazon's latest Ohio distribution center, slated to open by the end of 2019.
West Jefferson

The small village of West Jefferson will soon be home to Seattle-based tech giant Amazon’s sixth Ohio distribution center. Preparations are already underway on the massive "fulfillment center" building, slated for Route 40 between Springfield and Columbus. 

Amazon’s new, more than 850,000-square-foot, $175 million facility has been in the works for just a few months, West Jefferson officials say, and the project is moving at an accelerated pace.

Amazon is planning to build a new fulfillment center in Central Ohio, bringing 1500 jobs to the area.

The online retailer announced plans to build the 855,000 square foot facility in West Jefferson, a village along I-70 between Springfield and Columbus. Employees will pack and ship merchandise including electronics, housewares, books and toys, according to Amazon.  

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