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The Kmart store in Springfield has closed. As a result of the store's closure, 68 jobs will be lost.
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The state of Ohio released local job and unemployment numbers Tuesday, and the news is looking good for Dayton and the state. In December 2014, the statewide unemployment rate dipped to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2001. The greater Dayton area was down to 4.5 percent, almost two percentage points lower than it was at the end of 2013.

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today we meet Nadia Neekta Abossein and her mother Susan Abossein. They wanted to remember Susan's father, Mohammed Hussein - and share some memories of Iran.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer David Seitz.

Marietta Ball reads her poem, "Return Trip."

Report: 98 Arrested Last Year For Ohio Human Trafficking

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A report says police departments made 98 arrests last year during human trafficking investigations in Ohio, identifying 181 potential victims
 
The report says 85 investigations undertaken in the state also led to 113 suspected traffickers and 68 people suspected of trying to pay for sex.
 
Monday's report by the Attorney General's Human Trafficking Commission also documented the rescue of 17 potential victims and the referral of 67 victims to social services.
 

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley's City of Learners committee officially released its action plan.
City of Dayton Website

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s City of Learners committee has released its action plan.
 

The plan was developed over a year with help from more than 70 educators and leaders.  

The City of Learners committee wants to see more kids in preschool, internships with area businesses, and new afterschool and summer programs.

Mayor Nan Whaley says Dayton Public Schools also needs to focus on recruitment and retention of quality teachers.

Cuyahoga County Buying More Heroine-Overdose Medication

Jan 27, 2015

Cuyahoga County’s addiction and mental health board is redoubling its efforts to distribute a life-saving antidote that treats heroin overdoses. The board is putting $100,000 toward buying another round of the medication.

Since 2013, doctors with MetroHealth Medical Center have been training people to administer the drug naloxone to heroin users who have overdosed. Doctors distribute naloxone nasal spray to users, people in recovery, and to people whose friends or family are addicted.

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Late winter is the anteroom to early spring, growing the birdsong, rousing small mammals to courtship, drawing the first bulbs from under the snow.

Now comes the close of winter berryfall: the red honeysuckle berries have long ago fallen or been taken by birds. The orange fruit of the evergreen euonymous vines and the bittersweet vines has completed its planting. Overwintering robins eat and seed the crab apples.

Children's Hospital of Dayton

Health coverage for 130,000 Ohio children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP is set to expire later this year. 

Ohio's Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was at Dayton Children’s Hospital on Monday to announce his plans for extending the CHIP program set to expire in September. Brown says he’ll be the lead sponsor of legislation to address the issue.

A Yellow Springs police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged earlier today with three misdemeanor counts in Greene County Municipal Court.

The charges against Sgt. Naomi Penrod stem from a Nov. 5, 2014 incident involving village resident Athena Fannin, who alleges that Penrod forcibly grabbed a video camera from her while she was taping the sergeant during police activity.

Ohio Attorney General Sues Over Health Care Law Tax

Jan 26, 2015
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the federal government over what DeWine calls an unconstitutional health care tax levied on state and local governments.
 
The lawsuit filed Monday argues there's no precedent allowing the collection of $6.25 million last year from government entities and nothing in the federal health care law that allows such a tax.
 
At issue is a provision in the law permitting tax assessments against health insurance companies and certain employers who offer self-insured group health plans to help keep premiums affordable.
 

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