Jerry Kenney

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.

Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine this week announced $971,000 in grants to eight Ohio veterans-service organizations.

In the race for Kettering city mayor, a three-way challenge has ended with the incumbent, Don Patterson keeping his seat. His challengers were 25-year old Nuponu Gorneleh and 69-year-old Michael Barnett.

Barnett’s candidacy seemed to be based on personal issues with city government and disputes over services and taxation.

Gorneleh has called for more transparency in city government and revitalizing businesses and public schools.

Don Patterson has been the Mayor of the City of Kettering since 2005, and has served on City Council since 1998. 

There is a new, and perhaps unusual, monument in downtown Dayton. The massive stone sculpture pays tribute to the legacy of public servants living and dead.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

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.

Tuesday Nov. 7 is Election Day and in Montgomery County, four candidates are running for two open seats on the Dayton City Commission. Two are incumbents, and two challengers are running as a team.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

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.

Grace Norman is a sophomore at Cedarville University. She’s also the reigning Paralympic gold medalist in her class, winning at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games.

 

For the first time, Greene County Parks and Trails is hosting a special pumpkin-lighting event called

More than a dozen state republican lawmakers are urging Fuyao Glass America workers not to unionize. Last week, workers at the Moraine plant applied for authorization with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). They cited safety issues and a lack of communication with company leadership.

An Ohio parole board has granted parole to a Dayton woman convicted in a 1994 murder case. Tyra Patterson could be released on or around Christmas Eve, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Calls seeking comment from Patterson’s attorney were not immediately returned. 

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