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Crawford's parents released 25 balloons at the protest to commemorate what would have been their son's 25th birthday.
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At least 100 people gathered Saturday afternoon outside the Beavercreek Walmart store where John Crawford III was shot and killed by a police officer three years ago.

The rally on Pentagon Boulevard, organized by the group Black Lives Matter Miami Valley, drew honks of support as well as shouted insults from passing cars.  

Two recent protests over the police killing of John Crawford III were the first ones to lead to arrests. walmart protest
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Crowds are expected Saturday for a rally outside the Walmart store in Beavercreek. The gathering will commemorate the third anniversary of the deadly police shooting of John Crawford III inside the store.

The shooting sparked outrage and protests across the state and beyond. Crawford’s death and that of others at the hands of police, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, also led to more training for Ohio police officers.

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The failure of the U.S. Senate’s proposed plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act leaves the program intact. But most Senators, on both sides of the aisle, say if the program is kept, changes must be made to make it function on a long term basis. 

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman voted for one version of the proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act. He said it included provisions that he thinks would shore up the program.

James Baney

For five years now, the Dayton chapter of A Special Wish Foundation has held the Glow Fore Wishes! golf tournament. The foundation says it's "the only night of the year when you can hit the links after the sun sets.

All of the funds raised in this charity event will help A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton fulfill their mission to provide wishes to local children who are battling life-threatening disorders.

Johnny Morehouse's monument is one of the most iconic at Woodland Cemetery
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Today on WYSO Curious we answer a question from listener Eileen Ribbler of Kettering about a statute of a little boy and dog at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. Eileen wanted to know what the story was behind the marker, one of the most iconic monuments in the Cemetery, which commemorates five year old Johnny Morehouse. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde went to this famous Dayton landmark to dig up the answer.

Robert Sabwami, 41, tells us about his experience growing up in Kenya with a visual impairment.
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In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, we hear from 41-year-old Robert Sabwami, who recalls his experience growing up in Kenya with a visual impairment. 

In this story produced by WYSO's April Laissle, he says his journey hasn’t always been easy. When Robert first started losing his vision, he was plunged into isolation.

Highlights from this interview include: 

April Laissle

With the threat of a teacher strike looming, parents of Dayton Public Schools students gathered Tuesday night to come up with a 'Plan B.' DPS district officials say school will start as scheduled on August 15. But, many parents are still worried about how a strike could affect their kids.

In a small meeting room at Grace United Methodist Church in Dayton, about three dozen parents have come to hear the latest about the possible teacher strike, and to brainstorm ideas.

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Ohioans in the market for school supplies will be able to shop tax-free this weekend, thanks to the state’s annual back to school sales-tax holiday.

It’s the third year the state has held the event. Tax-exempt items include clothing under $75 and school supplies under $20. There is no limit on the number of items purchased, officials say.

Craig Shearman of the National Retail Federation says tax holidays can make school supply shopping much easier for lower-income families.

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Public Health officials report that a sample of mosquitoes from Greene County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

 

  The West Nile Virus is a serious virus often spread through mosquito bites, and can cause fever, and inflammation of the brain, or spinal cord.

 

Jeff Webb with Greene County Public Health says that despite the rising number of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile, there have not been any known cases of humans contracting it this year.

 

Dayton Public Schools
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Dayton Public Schools officials say they have backup plans in place to ensure a smooth start to the school year, despite a 10-day strike notice from the Dayton Education Association teachers' union, issued Tuesday to Dayton Public Schools through the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.

If a new contract deal is not reached in time, teachers could walk off the job as early as Aug. 11, just four days before the start of school.

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