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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.

Ohio Coroners Warn Of July Spike In Overdose Deaths

Jul 11, 2019
Naloxone is an antidote that can help reverse drug overdoses.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio coroners are raising new warnings following a spike in drug overdose deaths.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office is warning residents of a possible spike in drug overdose deaths. Health officials say the opioid overdose death rate has fluctuated over the last few months. They’re warning the deaths may be linked to the dangerous opioid fentanyl.

Eric Blaine, director of the Montgomery County Coroner’s office, says the high number of suspected overdose deaths already in July is alarming.

“Anytime we see this we have to caution everybody that there is no safe way to use illegal drugs,” he says.

A new exhibit on display at the Dayton Art Institute pays homage to the Apollo 11 moon landing a half-century ago. The Moon Museum exhibit opened at the end of June and features some unique items.

DAI Chief Curator Jerry Smith says he’s thrilled to have the show on display in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

“I’ve wanted to show this [exhibit] for a long time, and so having this opportunity and doing it where it will coincide with July 20th, the anniversary date is just perfect,” he says.

The Montgomery County Fair gets underway Monday. It’s the second year for the fair at its new location on Infirmary Road in Dayton.

One of four men indicted on federal corruption charges has pled guilty. Former State Rep. Clayton Luckie entered his guilty plea to a single count of mail fraud, though his indictment under an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into alleged public corruption in the city of Dayton also included a felony count of wire fraud.

Secretary for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Robert Wilkie was in Dayton on Friday to tour the Dayton VA Medical Center, which is the future site of the National VA History Center. WYSO’s Jerry Kenney spoke with Wilkie during his visit to the VA about the issues facing today’s veterans and active duty service members.

Jerry Kenney (JK): Secretary Wilkie, thanks for speaking with us today. Let's start with your visit to Dayton and I believe you were in Cincinnati yesterday. Tell us what's taking place on your trip?

Additional Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers are expected to open Wednesday in Beavercreek and Celina to assist people in Greene and Mercer Counties affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes. 

Another is expected to open soon in Eastern Ohio this week as well.
 

The centers will be staffed by federal experts from FEMA and the United States Small Business Administration to offer storm survivors assistance with temporary living expenses, uninsured home repairs, and other urgent needs.

Rebuilding after last month’s tornado disaster will take at least two years, say Montgomery County emergency officials, who held a summit in hard-hit Trotwood Wednesday with dozens of other government, religious and community groups to begin mapping out the county’s longterm recovery plans. The meeting was organized ahead of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's anticipated return to the Miami Valley by this weekend.

Every Saturday, for six months out of the year, in Harrison Township. - an area hard hit by the Memorial Day Tornado outbreak - a small farmer’s market operates at the corner of N. Main St and Philadelphia Dr.

There can be as many as nineteen vendors - growers, bakers and other artisans - selling their products each week. The market is managed by Zella Cook. Together, with her husband, they own a small farm in nearby Perry Townnship, called Cook’s Garden.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, Carillon Park’s Rail Festival returns, and thousands of train enthusiasts will be there to enjoy it.

Rail Fest is a wildly popular event featuring miniature train rides, model train displays and a whole lot more. To get the details on this year’s event, WYSO's Jerry Kenney sat down with Dayton History Media Coordinator, Leo DeLuca. WYSO listeners will know Leo from the Community Voices reports he has produced for the station. Our conversation was a lot of fun this year mainly because of where it took place...

Inside the auditorium at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Shiloh Springs Rd in Dayton, workers from a number of local agencies sit at tables stacked with informational brochures and forms to be filled out. Joining the workers at most of the tables are local residents seeking their help.

The church is temporarily home to a so-called Family Assitance Center - a partnership of local service agencies and Montgomery County.

United States Sen. Sherrod Brown is requesting federal funds to help Dayton recover some of the city's costs associated with security for the May 25 Klan rally. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, Brown wrote the city spent more than $650,000 to ensure the safety and security of people and property during, "the potentially volatile event.”

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says that while the city did not ask Brown to make the request, she's thankful for the help.

The American Red Cross - Dayton Chapter has decreased the number of housing shelters from three to one, as the number of displaced residents from storms almost two weeks ago has dropped.

On Saturday, the Red Cross moved remaining populations of displaced residents at Corinthian Baptist Church and Morton Middle School to Bethesda Temple on Salem Avenue in Dayton.

The organization says the consolidation “allows the Red Cross to concentrate its resources for the remaining shelter residents.”

“I want my people to come back home, because the city of Trotwood is a family."

That's what one speaker told a large group of individuals and organizations that have, for almost two weeks now, focused on recovery efforts in the aftermath of a tornado outbreak that cause massive damage this past Memorial Day.

The gathering took place Friday at Sinclair Community College where the groups involved assessed the work they've done so far, and discussed how to take their recovery efforts to the next level.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Up first, a run-down of some of our coverage this week surrounding the aftermath of the Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

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