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WYSO Weekend: July 03, 2016

On this week's edition of WYSO Weekend: Culture Couch – featuring 11th Hour. We’ll also talk politics, e-cigs, and the environment, and we’ve got details on the annual Dayton riverfront fireworks display. See full details below.

The city of Dayton’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks takes place tonight along the riverfront. To get all the details on this years event we spoke with Lamonte Hall, Jr., in the city’s Recreation and Youth Services office.

  • This year, students at Cedarville University researched several brands of e-cigarette “juice” to determine what chemicals they contained. The study was inspired by an earlier study at Marquette University which found that e-cigarette flavorings, contain harmful ingredients that have been linked to lung disease. To find out a little bit about the research and findings, I spoke with one of the students involved in the research, Senior Kevin Haffey and research coordinator—Dr. Nathan Hnatiuk, an associate professor of chemistry at Cedarville.
  • Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) in Dayton is still trying to track down the source of lead contamination that was found last week. The medical center has been working with the Ohio EPA and the City of Dayton to determine the source. Now they’ve brought in water crisis experts to help. Sharon Howard works in public relations office at Miami Valley. We spoke to her about all this by phone on Wednesday.
  • You know how they say politics makes strange bedfellows? Well, sometimes the environment does, too.  Leaders from nation's labor unions and environmental groups recently got together for a meeting of the BlueGreen Alliance. The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant reports that after 10 years of this partnership, labor and environmentalists are more friends than enemies.
  • Many people here know the high school pop a capella group 11th Hour—their appearance on NBC’s The Sing Off and their success at competitions. At their peak, choral director Brody McDonald chose a different road for this group that paved the way for the national Camp A Capella at Wright State this week. Culture Couch producer David Seitz looks into how Brody McDonald helped make Ohio an epicenter for pop a capella.
  • We are just weeks away from the Republican and Democratic national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia respectively. WYSO’s April Laissle sat down with Dr. Lee Hannah, a professor of political science at Wright State University, to discuss how this year’s conventions could be radically different.
  • Last week we told you about the state mandate from Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) that all County Boards of Developmental Disabilities cease Adult Day Services by 2019.  In Montgomery County alone, that directive impacts more than 630 adults with disabilities. The directive puts a burden on some community agencies that are providing adult daycare who will now have to increase the number of people they serve. This week we continue that conversation with another local organization who will be asked to increase the services they provide to adults with disabilities.  Here’s the challenge according to Tom Weaver with Choices in Community Living in Dayton. 
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