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April Laissle

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter.  There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.

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A crowd of around 100 people rallied to protest the Trump administration's announcement it would phase out DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Jess Mador / WYSO

While Congress debates immigration reform, one Dayton immigration lawyer says many Miami Valley DACA recipients are confused about their options.

Attorney Karen Bradley says her phone has been ringing off the hook. Many of her clients are wondering about how Congressional discussions on immigration may affect their families.

“People are scared," she says. "People are just scared in general.”

Bradley says the last few months have been particularly bewildering for DACA recipients.

 

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Many Dayton residents vented their frustrations about the upcoming closure of Good Samaritan Hospital at a NAACP-hosted public forum over the weekend. The event was attended by more than 100 people, featured a question-and-answer period with Premier Health officials.

At the beginning of the meeting, NAACP President Derrick Forward was clear: the group’s position is that Premier Health should reconsider its decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital.

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Across the country, many school districts are grappling with declining enrollment. Many of these districts are opting to shutter schools in an effort to save money. This is despite conflicting research on the benefits of school closures. Now, Dayton may be next.  In December, DPS leaders revealed many district schools are operating at under 50-percent capacity. Officials launched a task force to help decide the fate of Dayton’s emptiest school buildings –– many of them on the city's west side. DPS authorities refer to the effort as a facilities "right-sizing."

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
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After more than two months, Dayton Public Schools has reached a separation agreement with superintendent Rhonda Corr.

 

DPS agreed to pay Corr’s salary and retirement contributions, and provide insurance benefits through the her current contract year - which ends in July.  The district will not pay out the remaining 2 years on her contract. The package is worth more than $100,000.

The deal was approved by the school board after a meeting Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump's guests for his State of the Union speech Tuesday include Miami Valley welders who have benefited from his tax overhaul.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Staub Manufacturing Solutions owners Steve Staub of Tipp City and Sandy Keplinger of Springfield will attend the speech. Their employee Corey Adams, of Huber Heights, will also be present.

The company has been able to hire more employees due to the GOP tax reform plan passed late last year, according to a White House statement.

The Octagon Building (known to many as 'The Roundhouse') at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Jerry Kenney

Early redevelopment plans for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds were unveiled yesterday by Premier Health and the University of Dayton.

Developers envision a walkable, and environmentally sustainable neighborhood that includes mixed income housing, green space, and retail shops. The historic roundhouse is also expected to be a feature of the neighborhood.

The project is aimed at boosting economic development in the downtown area.

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A task force of community leaders and city officials gathered for the first time Wednesday to discuss potential school closures at Dayton Public Schools.

 

Nine under-capacity West Dayton schools, Boys Prep, EJ Brown, Rosa Parks, Meadowdale Elementary, Meadowdale High, World of Wonder, Wogaman, Westwood, and the Innovative Learning Center at Jackson Center, are being reviewed by the committee.

At the meeting, district spokesperson Marsha Bonhart emphasized that not all of those schools will be targeted for closure.

 

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One year after thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Dayton to participate in a local offshoot of the Women’s March on Washington, Miami Valley activists will once again gather at Courthouse Square.

Joy Schwab, of the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, was expecting about 300 people to show up to last year’s Women’s March.  Instead, 3,000 people descended upon downtown Dayton to protest the Trump administration, and show support for issues like reproductive rights and racial justice.

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Community activists are reacting to Premier Health’s decision to close Good Samaritan hospital, one of the only major hospitals serving northwest Dayton.

The state announced a dozen marijuana-cultivation licenses for locations across Ohio.
Paige Filler on Flickr Creative Commons

In 2016, Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, the state has been trying to implement the program, but that process hasn’t been entirely smooth. Many local municipalities have been reluctant to get on board.

WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with Wright State University political science professor Dr. Lee Hannah about the state’s progress and how a recent announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may affect Ohio’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

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