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5 local things to know Thursday

Security concerns weighed on Wright State's decision; also, Hofstra University has offered to allow 15 Wright State students to attend the first presidential debate at the Hempstead, N.Y., campus, which replaced WSU as host of the debate, according to Wright State President David Hopkins.

Popeyes Chicken Popeyes is known for its fried chicken and Cajun-style side dishes.

2. Popeyes to open 4 Dayton-area restaurants

The quick-serve restaurant is gearing up to more than double its footprint in the Dayton area, starting with a new restaurant on Ohio 73 in Springboro, its local franchisee said. The chain operates two other sites in the Dayton-Springfield region.

Gov. John Kasich Ohio Gov. John Kasich has refused to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

3. Trump denies report that Kasich was offered 'most powerful' VP spot

The newly minted Republican presidential nominee tweeted his response after a New York Times Magazine story said that the Ohio governor would be put in charge of foreign and domestic policy.

UD Flyers Dayton’s Scoochie Smith, center, talks to Steve McElvene, left, during a game in November. DAVID JABLONSKI / STAFF

4. UD seniors think of late Steve McElvene every day

The Flyers' center died May 12 at age 20, but his memory fuels his former teammates as much as it saddens them. "I’m not going to sit there and look at it and hold my head down and be sad all the time. I’m going to still feed off the memories I have of Steve," said senior guard Charles Cooke. 

5. 3 things to do in Dayton today

This file photo from the Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week in January 2016 shows the Chili Lime Spicy Pulled Pork Tostada from Basil’s On Market in Troy. STAFF

Restaurant Week preview

Get a preview of great dinners to come during the "Sneak Peek to Restaurant Week" from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Park at Austin Landing, 10400 Innovation Drive, in Miami Twp.

Jazz concert

Enjoy America's music during a jazz-themed concert by the Piqua Civic Band starting at 7 p.m. at Hance Pavilion, 1300 Forest Ave., in Piqua.

Weekly farmers market

Find local produce and specialized products from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Market at Austin Landing.  The market is located on Rigby Road in Miami Twp.