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Longtown's restoration is underway.
Jerry Kenney

In southwest Ohio, about a mile from the Indiana state line, a long-forgotten town with a special place in African American history is struggling to be reborn.

Longtown was established nearly 200 years ago in what is now Greenville. The settlement grew into a thriving mixed-race community and a major stop on the Underground Railroad.

Now, descendants of those pioneering settlers are working to bring Longtown back to life for others to experience.

Longtown’s History

Dayton City Commissioner Dean Lovelace served six terms and holds the record as the city's longest serving commissioner.
City of Dayton Facebook Page

Many in the Dayton area have been paying tribute to longtime city commissioner Dean Lovelace. Lovelace died Sunday, more than a year after vacating the seat he held for six terms. He was 70 years old.  

Lovelace was seen by many in Dayton politics as a champion for poor and disadvantaged communities throughout his two decades in office. He advocated for a host of economic issues, including fair housing, financial literacy, the earned income tax program and free tax-preparation services.

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine. On today’s show we’ll hear Dayton Youth Radio, and Bill Felker has this weeks Poor Wills Almanack. You’ll also hear about restoration efforts taking place in Darke County. It’s the story of Longtown, a mixed-race community that was established in the early 1800’s. See full program details below.

Stats + Stories: Sifting Through Noisy Data To Find Stories

May 28, 2017

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

It seems now more than ever, we're awash in data, news stories abound as reporters trying to make sense of polling data or government statistics or the findings of a research article...all while the very nature of facts is up for debate. Stats + Stories' Rosemary Pennington, joined by John Bailer, chair of Miami's Statistics Department and Richard Campbell, chair of Media Journalism and Film speak with Mona Chalabi, the Data Editor of Guardian U.S. Her job is to sift through the noise to find the stories in all the data.

traffic camera red light camera
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr/Creative Commons

Once again, state lawmakers are trying to green light new rules for how communities can use speed and red light cameras, especially smaller communities that get a big percentage of their revenue from tickets.

Columbus Democratic Rep. Hearcel Craig is going after communities without mayors’ courts that are running traffic camera programs. He says some violations come with fines in the hundreds to thousands of dollars which he says is “abusive and excessive."

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley talked to supporters and colleagues after her second state of the city speech Wednesday.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Democrat Nan Whaley is using a re-election campaign for Dayton mayor that's not subject to state contribution limits to raise money for her 2018 bid for Ohio governor.

A notice on Whaley's campaign website informing potential donors that the mayoral fund is able to accept unlimited contributions was taken down Thursday after the campaign was asked about it by The Associated Press.

Elisabeth Bush
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Elisabeth Bush, a 17 year old student at the Miami Valley School, about the five words that changed her life.

Elisabeth Bush is a student at the Miami Valley School. Special thanks to Lindsey Cummings, social studies teacher at the Miami Valley School. Learn more at the school's website:  http://www.mvschool.com/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

tornado wall cloud national weather service Photo taken near US 35 and I-75, just west of Dayton, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday
WYSO/ Jerry Kenney

Experts with the National Weather Service are still working to survey all of the damage from Wednesday's severe storms. Forecasters have so far confirmed there were six tornadoes in and around Clark and Miami Counties, with wind speeds varying between 75 and 100 miles per hour. 

The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes rated EF0, and two rated EF1, on the evening of May 24, 2017, including a twister that touched down in Clark County along Highway 235 near New Carlisle. No major injuries were reported.

tornado wall cloud national weather service Photo taken near US 35 and I-75, just west of Dayton, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday
WYSO/ Jerry Kenney

Authorities say tornadoes that touched down in three southwest Ohio counties have caused damage while 15 people trapped by flooding had to be rescued from a park.

Suspected tornado damage was reported Wednesday night in Clark, Greene and Miami counties. A gas station was destroyed in Clark County and some residents of a nearby damaged apartment complex were evacuated.

No serious injuries have been reported.

April Laissle

Flanked by U-Haul moving trucks, more than 100 teachers rallied outside a Dayton Public Schools board meeting Wednesday night amid ongoing contract negotiations. The trucks were carrying classroom materials packed by the teachers in preparation for a possible strike.

 

 “As you can imagine, the decision to move our personal belongings out of classrooms where many teachers have been teaching for years and years does not come easily and was not taken lightly,” said David Romick, president of the Dayton Education Association.

 

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