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WYSO Weekend

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Thousands of West Dayton residents who lack easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables could soon have a full-service food market close to home. The west side has been without a convenient source of fresh produce since 2008, when a neighborhood Kroger grocery store shut down. Since then, city officials have tried attracting a new grocer without success. The story could have ended there. But now, nearly 10 years later, one community group plans to open a co-operative grocery store called Gem City Market. Advocates say it will finally bring healthier food back to the west side.  WYSO’s April Laissle reports.


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Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's jazz club in downtown Dayton died on Thanksgiving day. Community Voices producer and long-time host of WYSO's Jazz Night, Dave Barber reflects on Gillotti's musical legacy of the 80 year old.

 

Former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris also passed away after months of battling cancer. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles takes a look back at Harris and his contributions to the Ohio Legislature.

 

 

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Numbers show more and more Americans are turning to technology for help staying healthy and losing weight. Mobile step and calorie counters, fitness apps and wearable tech such as Fitbits are more popular than ever. With the season of holiday overindulgence underway, we tested one of the newest fitness trends hitting the Miami Valley. It’s a health club machine that harnesses the power of 3D technology.  

 

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Clark County has seen a record number of overdose deaths this year. But widespread use of ​Narcan is also allowing many people who overdose to survive and use again -- raising their risk of dying next time. To help curb overdose deaths, advocates, first responders and addiction specialists are collaborating on a new approach. It’s aimed at quickly connecting high-risk addicts to treatment. Clark County Community Voices producer Renee​ ​Wilde​ has more.

 


The Springfield Police department has been understaffed for months. But thanks to a temporary tax hike approved by voters earlier this year the department is again accepting applications. Clark County Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reports the new officers will go a long way toward responding to the city’s drug overdose crisis.

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Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine this week announced $971,000 in grants to eight Ohio veterans-service organizations. The recipient groups include five Ohio chapters of Honor Flight. Since 2005, the organization has transported hundreds of veterans to see memorials in Washington D.C.. Honor Flight Dayton President and Director Jim Salaman says the money will go a long way toward expanding services to veterans.

 

On Friday, WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and Jeff Opt from the Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton had a conversation about the upcoming event at the Dayton Art Institute - The last Waltz is back for another run - wonderful performances from some very talented local artists. Here’s some of what they had to say.


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On Friday, a new monument was installed at the corner of 2nd St. and St. Clair in downtown Dayton. It pays homage to public service and is the brain child of former Dayton City Manager, Tim Riordan. The sculpture includes thirteen quotes highlighting the value of public service.  It features seats on two sides of the monument with an opening in the middle so people from opposite sides can talk with each other. It is titled “The Common Good.”  We spoke with Riordan and the monument’s creator, world-renowned artist, Jon Barlow Hudson, who has outdoor sculptures in more than 20 countries and 10 U.S. States.

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As election day nears, advocates continue to lobby for and against a ballot measure that would limit how much Ohio could pay for prescription drugs. After months of political ads on both sides, some voters are confused about how the passage of Issue 2 could affect them. For more details about the proposal, WYSOs Jerry Kenney spoke with the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau’s Andy Chow. Chow says if passed, Issue 2 would tie the cost of prescription drugs purchased by state agencies to the price paid by the VA.

 

Last week, workers at Fuyao Glass America in Moraine filed for representation with the United Auto Workers union. To learn more about the process of forming a union, and what to expect with next month’s Fuyao union vote, WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with a labor-relations expert. Matt Crawford is an attorney with the firm “Doll, Jansen and Ford” – it’s a Dayton practice that represents the interests of workers and unions. The firm is not involved in the Fuyao union effort.

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In the early 1940’s Dayton’s population swelled as employment opportunities in area factories, research facilities and military installations rose dramatically. But there wasn’t enough housing for these new workers and their families. In response to the shortage, three unique public housing developments were built. One of these developments was the topic of a WYSO Curious question from a listener, so Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde took a stroll through Greenmont Village and found it still going strong 80 years later.

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Unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County for 2017 now stand at 499. The numbers came in a monthly update from Public Health Dayton, and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services. At the press conference, three young people - Cory Kabara, Andrew Leadford and Sarah Fowler Northrup - stood up to tell their stories of addiction and recovery.


Following the press conference, it was a quick trip into the next room where I sat down with Rich Isaacson - Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and public information officer for Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky, and Andrea Hoff - Director of Prevention and Early Intervention with ADAMHS. We talked about a collaboration they are working on together.

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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.


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