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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.

Clean up efforts from the tornadoes that swept through the Miami Valley on Memorial Day continue in affected neighborhoods, including the Prairies at Wright Field neighborhood, where 150 homes were damaged. The Prairies is a privatized military housing development for personnel serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Marie Vanover is the director of public affairs at Wright-Patt and says, of those 150 homes, 22 have been declared uninhabitable.

The deadline is approaching for tornado-affected low-income families who rely on SNAP benefits to apply for additional emergency food assistance related to the recent tornado disaster. The deadline is Thursday, June 6.

Low-income families who lost food as a result of power outages lasting four hours or longer in the aftermath of the Memorial Day tornadoes that swept through the Miami Valley are eligible to file for the emergency replacement aid.

Cleanup continues again today after Monday’s massive tornado outbreak across Indiana and Ohio. The storms killed at least one person and injured dozens more across the Miami Valley. Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency for three counties: Montgomery, Greene and Mercer.

Celina, in Mercer County, was particularly hard hit. Jakob Wenning lives there. He says he saw the roof of his apartment lift during the tornado.

Note: this is a developing story. Please check back to this page for updates.

Saturday, 3:30pm: Members of the so-called Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana have vacated Courthouse Square. Protestors are dispersing from both Main and Third Streets. 

A philanthropic program underway in Yellow Springs aims to help utility consumers facing disconnection get their bills paid. Program organizers say the Utility Round-Up Program (URUP) is a community-wide effort where residents can “round-up” their paid bills to the next dollar. The extra monies taken in would then be applied to default accounts before any disconnection would take place.

Environmental advocates with the Aullwood Audubon Farm and Aullwood Garden MetroPark in Vandalia are raising concerns over the potential development of a nearby watershed. The protected area feeds the Wiles Creek, a critical tributary of the Stillwater River, and a water feature that runs through the farm.

At issue are nearly 110 acres of land, north of Aullwood, that have been rezoned for development by the City of Dayton and Dayton International Airport. The prairie is home to a large variety of birds, mammals, insects, butterflies, and bees each year.

This week, a number of organizations are hosting events to spotlight Ohio In-Demand Jobs Week. Officials are calling it “a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills on-demand.” With that in mind, state and local public health advocates gathered Wednesday at the Daybreak shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Dayton. The event was centered around the importance of steady employment in helping young people get back on their feet after drug addiction.

The city of Dayton’s Human Relations Council announced Tuesday it has hired Trotwood management consultant Adrienne Heard.

According to a press release from the city, Heard will join the Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center to ensure it remains fully operational.

A city spokesperson says Heard will serve as a consultant, "joining staff to handle services until further notice."

Last week, the center’s director RoShawn Winburn was indicted under federal charges of alleged fraud and public corruption. Winburn remains on administrative leave.

On Tuesday, four Dayton men, including former city commissioner Joey Williams and current city official Roshawn Winburn, were indicted on a range of charges including bribery, wire fraud, and public corruption. Former state representative Clayton Luckie, and entrepreneur Brian Higgins were also indicted. 

The allegations come ahead of  the May 7 primary election where five candidates are running for two open seats on the city commission.

Late Tuesday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley issued a statement commenting on the indictments and arrests of former city commissioner Joey Williams, two other public officials and a Dayton-area business owner. U.S. Department of Justice and FBI officials handed down the indictments alleging public corruption and fraud in Dayton, and city commissioners are following suit with their own comments.

Members of the West Dayton Clergy Community Coalition gathered with a handful of neighborhood residents outside the former Good Samaritan Hospital complex on Salem Avenue Tuesday morning. 

The assembly was a rallying cry, meant to urge former Good Sam patients to come forth with testimony that might be given to investigators from the United States Department of Health and Human Services civil rights division when they arrive in Dayton the week of May 6.

Cincinnati homeless numbers show nearly 40 percent of homeless people in Hamilton County are under the age of 25. Now, thanks to a grant from the United Health Foundation (UHF), one Miami Valley organization hopes to more quickly connect young people in crisis to the services they need to get better and get on their feet.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose demonstrated Montgomery County's new voting machines at the county Board of Elections Tuesday. LaRose says the machines are currently being inspected and tested, and are expected to be ready for voters to use during the 2020 presidential election.

The last remaining Doolittle Raider passed away early Monday morning in San Antonio. Dayton native retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Cole was 103 years old.

Cole took part in a top secret mission to bomb Japan in 1941, just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when 80 men took off from an aircraft carrier. They were led by Lt. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle and soon after their mission they became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, in the U.S., one in three women and one in six men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year YWCA Dayton is taking some big steps to improve and expand their services for victims of Sexual violence.

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