Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

Unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County for 2017 now stand at 499. The numbers were released during a monthly update from Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) on Thursday.

In September there were 33 accidental drug overdoses logged by the county. Those deaths have been trending downward since a spike in May when there were 80 deaths recorded.

Senator Sherrod Brown Shares Views on Gun Control

Oct 6, 2017
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The White House chided talk of gun control this week, claiming it’s too soon to talk about policy in the wake of the Vegas massacre. 

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown disagrees. He's calling for a ban on "bump stocks", which can make semi-automatic rifles replicate fully automatics and may have been used by the Vegas gunman.

Brown says other issues should also be taken up, such as a federal waiting period and a gun buying ban for people on the terrorist watch.

Bollinger Tower, until recently a senior public housing high-rise, stretches upward at the corner of Buttles and High Street in Columbus' Short North district.
Madeleine Fix / WYSO

Bollinger Tower, until recently a senior public housing high-rise, stretches upward at the corner of Buttles and High Street in Columbus' Short North district. The Short North – previously known for urban decay, but now known for art galleries, small businesses, and creative capital - sits between downtown Columbus and the Ohio State University campus along State Route 23 – High Street. The district enjoys public bus lines and vibrant economic growth.

Bessemer converter (iron into steel), Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge, Pa.
Alfred T. Palmer - Wikimedia Commons

Ohio U.S. senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, are urging the federal Department of Commerce to step up an investigation into foreign steel imports.


Earlier this year, the agency opened an investigation into whether countries such as China and Russia were flooding the U.S. steel market with low-cost imports.


The investigation has reportedly stalled. And the Ohio lawmakers say low-cost imported steel is undercutting U.S. producers' profits.


Neon Movies

This year, The Neon in downtown Dayton asks the question "What do Bette Midler, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Laura Linney, Ian McKellen and Laverne Cox all have in common?" To find out the answer, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Neon manager, Jonathan McNeal.

McNeal joined us in the WYSO studios recently to provide a rundown of the films that will be showing in this year's Dayton LGBT Film Festival. In the interview, you'll also find out what question McNeal says he hasn't received from the press or from anyone he's talked to about the festival.

wright-patterson air force base gates
Flickr Creative Commons user soundfromwayout

For the first time, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will have privatized water service. The new service provider stands to gain hundreds of millions of dollars from the deal.


Base officials awarded the lucrative 50-year contract to American Water Operations and Maintenance Incorporated of New Jersey. Selected from four finalists, the company will be responsible for managing the base’s water distribution and wastewater.  The contract is worth a total of 490 million dollars.


Stats + Stories: Visualization And Reporting Goals

Oct 3, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Alberto Cairo writes in his book The Truthful Art, that "an outstanding visual presentation will have five qualities: it is truthful, functional, beautiful, insightful and enlightening." Cairo, the Knight Chair in visual journalism in the School of Communication and the director of the visualization program at the Center for computational science at University of Miami in Florida, joins John Bailer, chair of the department of statistics at Miami University, and Richard Campbell, chair of the department of media journalism and film, for a Stats + Stories short on data visualization. 

Wright State university WSU board of trustees debate nutter center fairborn
Jess Mador / WYSO

Hundreds of college students from countries included in the Trump administration’s updated travel ban are facing uncertainty over their residency in the Miami Valley. The latest version of the travel ban is set to take effect October 18.

Under the executive order, existing international students from the eight mostly Muslim-majority countries with current, valid travel documents will be allowed to remain in the United States.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


In the highly-structured lives of working parents, carving out unstructured playtime for young children can be difficult. Community Voices producer Tess Cortés explored how other parents and caregivers over the age of 35 navigate this path.

Since 1996 more than 160 influential people with ties to the Miami Valley have been inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame. On Thursday seven more people were honored with a spot on the walk. The Honorees enshrined into the walk of fame this year include actress and Oakwood native Allison Janney. We sat down with the the popular 'West Wing' drama and ‘Mom’ sitcom star before the ceremony at Sinclair College Conference Center. In this interview she told us what the honor means for not only her, but her parents.

Owners of The McAdams Building in Downtown Springfield are applying for 2.5 million dollars in state historic tax credits to renovate the building and turn it into apartments and storefronts.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

A long-vacant downtown Springfield landmark building may soon become home to a new mixed-use development that includes apartments, retail and restaurants.

The Turner Foundation is seeking $2.5 million in historic tax credits for the project, which would redevelop the McAdams building into 58 market-rate apartment units, with restaurants and retail on the first floor.

The project is estimated to cost around $17 million.