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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.

On Friday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced a lawsuit against Pineview Pines Estates mobile home park in Dayton. DeWine and Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the owner, Tim Dearwester, for numerous violations of Ohio’s safe drinking water laws.

Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed into law new statewide regulations ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. The new laws trump regulations put in place by local governments.  

The legislation sets up new requirements for drivers, including background checks, insurance, and photo IDs. Drivers will also have to provide riders with upfront cost estimates for their trip.

The bill’s co-sponsor, State Representative Bob Hackett, says it clears up confusion for drivers.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: The legacy of slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, you’ll hear WYSO listeners and supporters recite Dr. King’s famous I have a Dream speech. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace has some local reaction to President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on gun control, and we’ll talk to Dayton Daily news reporter, Josh Sweigart about a state investigation of Wright State University. See full program details below.

Local county coroners are still pulling together totals for 2015 drug overdose fatalities, but most are already reporting higher numbers than the year before.

 

The Miami Valley's Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is hosting its third annual job fair for active duty service members, veterans and their family members on Thursday.  More than 50 military-friendly employers are taking part in the event, according to Abby Reynolds with the MVRC.

The film Carol makes its debut at the Neon Movies in Dayton Thursday night. The film—much of which was shot in Cincinnati in the spring of 2014—features local residents who served as extras in the film and several Daytonians served on the film’s production crew.

Beginning Monday, January 11th, the Webster Street Bridge in downtown Dayton will be shut down.

The city of Dayton says it’s tearing down the 100-year-old structure and will replace it with a new one at a cost of more than $10 million dollars.

The city issued a statement saying demolition and construction of the new bridge is expected to be complete by November 2017 and it will feature “wider sidewalks, enhanced lighting and observation plazas.”

Two Montgomery County Commissioner seats are being challenged in 2016. Four Republicans hope to unseat current democratic commissioners, Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman. But, they’ll have to make it through the March primaries first.

The four republican candidates for Montgomery County Commissioner include former Dayton mayor Gary Leitzell and former Englewood City councilman Don Birdsall.  Both men are running against Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.

Throughout the year on WYSO Weekend, we feature local non-profits who are providing services to our community.  This week we spoke to two of the people who operate Matthew’s Closet on Brown Street in Dayton, which provides clothing and other items - at no cost – to those people in need. In this interview excerpt from WYSO Weekend, you’ll hear from Director of Ministry Michael Tarzinski, and the Reverend Julia Roat-Abla with the Dayton Central Church of the Nazarene.  Roat-Abla starts by telling us how the charity is serving the communities of South Park and beyond.


In this edition of WYSO Weekend: We’ll introduce you to the folks operating Matthew’s Closet in Dayton. It’s a free clothing ministry serving those in need.  We’ve also got Veterans Voices and WYSO’s Lewis Wallace takes up to the rolling Appalachian foothills south of Chillicothe, in Pike County—it’s one of the poorest areas in the state. Lewis will report on how things could get worse for this community. See the full details below.

County boards of elections are processing many applications from candidates hoping to take over the 8th District congressional seat. That’s the one that was vacated in September by Former House Speaker John Boehner.  

As of Thursday, 20 people had filed applications with the Butler County Board of Elections to run in the 8th district special election - scheduled for March 15th of 2016

There will be no Christmas miracle for Dayton History and Carillon Park’s Tree of Light.  The 200 foot tall light display covering the historical bell tower was damaged by high winds early Monday morning.

Dayton History President, Brady Kress, says the tree will be back next year.

A threat to Beavercreek High School this morning around 10am resulted in the evacuation of students and faculty. Following the threat, students were transported to an offsite location and were later bussed to their homes or picked up by parents.

Beavercreek Schools spokesman, Ryan Gilding says today’s threat is one of several in the last few months.

Jeffrey Testerman is a custom home builder and remodeler.  He designed and built a net-zero home that was featured in this year’s Homarama. A net-zero home is one that produces as much energy as it uses. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Testerman says the Lewisburg, Ohio house you’ll hear about next should actually produce more energy than it uses. 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: The sweet sounds from Moriah Haven – She played live Wednesday night on Kaleidoscope and talked about her new EP, The Growth Project with Juliet Fromholt – We’ll play you part of that conversation. We’ll also talk to the designer and builder of a home in Lewisburg that produces as much energy as it uses. We’ve got Climate Commentary From Bob Brecha and Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack. See full details below.

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