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Megan Johnson
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This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have the first of two stories about teenagers dealing with the opioid crisis. Today we'll hear from Megan Johnson, a senior at Centerville High School.

My story is about my 25 year old cousin, whose life was taken by the use of heroin.  She overdosed on Fentanyl. I did this story because this is something I think about on a daily basis every night before I go to sleep, losing someone who was so close to me to drugs and seeing what it did to my family.

The Ohio Department of Commerce recently awarded Cresco Labs one of a dozen highly competitive medical marijuana cultivation licenses.
Cresco Labs

The city of Huber Heights has passed a moratorium on medical marijuana. It’s the latest on a growing list of Miami Valley cities that have already passed their own bans following Ohio’s legalization of medical pot in 2016.

Huber Heights joins Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Oakwood, and Springboro in banning the cultivation and retail sale of medical marijuana within city limits. Huber Heights’ decision follows U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent proposal to change how the federal government handles legalized marijuana.  

Federal Regulators Deliver Blow To Utilities Wanting Power Plant Subsidies

Jan 10, 2018
The Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power plant, on Lake Erie.
James Marvin Phelps / Flickr Creative Commons

Ohio utilities are considering their next steps after federal regulators knocked down a measure that would’ve allowed subsidies for struggling power plants. State lawmakers are now exploring their options. 

The proposal would’ve allowed utilities to charge their customers an extra fee to help prop up power plants that struggle to compete in the market. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the measure.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray will join forces with former congresswoman and Obama-era official Betty Sutton on Wednesday in the race for Ohio governor, a Democrat close to the campaign told The Associated Press.

The move comes as Democrats position to win back control of the key battleground state in November. The new team is expected to draw big-name Democratic support that could include former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Adam Hill

Cincinnati police say data from high-tech devices installed to track the sound of gunfire in the city show that people call 911 in only about one out of every six of those incidents.

The city began using a ShotSpotter system in August that covers the Avondale neighborhood and parts of others.

April Laissle

Music fans are celebrating the official opening of the Funk Music Hall of Fame in downtown Dayton. The highly anticipated museum celebrates funk music and its legacy in the city.  

 

Plans for the Funk Music Hall of Fame have been in the making for about two years. The city officially gave curator David Webb the green light to open on Third Street late last year.  

Updated 12:10 p.m.

A white supremacist is suing the University of Cincinnati for what he says are excessive security costs for a planned appearance by Richard Spencer.

Jerry Kenney

The smell of smoke is still present in Hicks Barber Shop and Shave Parlor in the Oregon District, after a fire New Years’ weekend broke out in the kitchen of Salar Restaurant and Lounge.

 

While Salar was more heavily damaged, the barbershop is one of a half dozen other businesses that were forced to close because of smoke damage. The Emporium Building, which houses the businesses, also currently has no electricity, water or heat.

 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

Dayton community members are rallying to support Oregon District businesses after a fire New Years’ weekend. The fire broke out in the kitchen of Salar Restaurant and Lounge, which was heavily damaged. Smoke also affected other nearby shops. I talked to one proprietor about his experience last weekend.

Daylan McKinney
Basim Blunt / WYSO

We've been doing Dayton Youth Radio for about 3 years now on WYSO and through this program, project manager Basim Blunt has met almost 100 high school students. It seems like more than ever, teens want to talk about the effect their parents' divorce had on their lives. Here's a story about divorce with a small twist from Ponitz Career Technology Center Student senior Daylan McKinney.

I’m 17 years old and a former athlete. I used to play basketball for Ponitz, and I played from freshman to junior year. Then I stopped playing.

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