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WYSO Weekend: March 4, 2018

This week, Montgomery County Judge Anthony Capizzi led a national panel discussion in Washington D.C. before Congressional leaders and legislative aides. The focus of the Congressional briefing was to raise awareness about the struggles many communities face as a result of the opioid epidemic. Capizzi serves as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. In this interview with WYSO, he told us how the council, made up of judges from across the country, would spend two days in the halls of congress informing officials about local approaches to the crisis that are showing success.



On Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, was in Dayton to attend a listening session on opioids at Brigid’s Path in Kettering -aninpatient care facility for mothers addicted to opioids and their newborns.Following the morning discussions,Azarreaffirmed the Trump Administration’s commitment to fighting the opioid crisis.


The city of Dayton has acknowledged that a chemical contaminant found near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was also used at a city-owned firefighter training center. The news comes to light as the city has, for months, been increasing pressure onWright-Pattto stop the flow of contaminated groundwater from the Base into the Huffman Damn.  

Several weeks ago, we spoke to city of Dayton about this but today we present or conversation with Marie Vanover aboutaccusations by the citythat the Base has been too slow to act on potential water contamination.-

This week on WYSO, we began a journey into Dayton’s history. We’ll hear from Daytonians who share their memories and their hopes and dreams for their community. It’s a series called Senior Voices. Last summer volunteer interviewers spoke with elders from the Dayton community to preserve and share their stories as part of a collaboration between the Dayton Metro Library, Rebuilding Together Dayton, and WYSO. This week Brenda Shepherd recalls her childhood in the segregated South, including an inspirational encounter in 1963. She shared her story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Dana Kragick.On Tuesday Kettering Health Network broke ground on a $25 million expansion of Grandview Hospital. Officials with the nonprofit health network say the expansion will add space and double the hospital’s emergency rooms and services. The added services could help residents affected by the closure of nearby Good Samaritan Hospital.  In this interview withWYSO, Kettering Health Network president Roy Chew says the decision to expand was in fact a direct result of Premier Health Network’s decision to close Good Sam later this year.

So many of us have records on shelves or in the basement. And chances are the record player is long gone. But, Zoe Williams, of Dayton Youth Radio is here to tell us that teenagers are glad we didn’t throw the vinyl away.


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