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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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Organizers with a group that planned to protest a Confederate monument in the city of Franklin, in Warren County, say they'll move Saturday's rally to Centerville in light of the monument's subsequent removal by Franklin city officials.

Organizers say they received threats from white supremacist groups after they announced plans to protest the monument -- even after the monument was taken down.

A decades-old monument honoring Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee has been removed from a street corner in Franklin, Ohio, a city in Warren County.

 Franklin city officials took down the stone monument, erected by Daughters of the Confederacy, overnight Thursday after protest plans were announced in the wake of recent violent events in Charlottesville. "The shaft memorial and highway straight attest his worth - he cometh to his own," the plaque reads. 

It had stood at the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road for 90 years.

More than 200 people sang and held candles at a vigil in downtown Springfield Wednesday night in support of the victims of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, less than a week ago.
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More than 200 people sang and held candles at a vigil in downtown Springfield Wednesday night in support of the victims of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, less than a week ago.

Authorities have charged 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. with murder for allegedly driving a vehicle into a group of anti-white nationalist demonstrators at the rally. One person was killed and at least 19 other people were injured in the attack.

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An Antioch College student who joined counter-protesters in Charlottesville this weekend says he was disappointed by police response to the violence.

Spencer Lee Glazer joined other anti-racism activists in protesting the rally led by white nationalists, who chanted Nazi slogans and carried Confederate flags.

Glazer has attended several protests in the past and says he was surprised by the level of chaos he witnessed at the rally.

Dayton Public Schools
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The Dayton teachers union voted Thursday night to approve a new contract with Dayton Public Schools. The vote put an end to a tumultuous months-long negotiations process and prevented a planned teacher strike ahead of the new school year.

Hundreds of DEA members met Thursday night to ratify the contract deal at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton.

DPS teacher Rachel Horowitz says she was relieved when she learned an agreeement had been reached between the union and the district.

She’s excited to return to school on Tuesday.

The nearly 1,100 members of the Dayton Education Association teachers union are expected to vote Thursday afternoon on a tentative contract deal. If the union approves the contract, it would put an end to months of tense negotiations with the Dayton Public Schools administration and avert a planned strike.

Negotiations ended overnight Thursday after more than 18 hours of talks, resulting in a collective bargaining agreement. Details have not yet been released.

The vote is scheduled for Thursday at the Dayton Marriott Hotel at 4:30 p.m. 

Darrell Dean
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In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, we hear from Darrell Dean, who works at a disability services organization in Dayton. Darrell is 45, and was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. As WYSO’s April Laissle explains, at first, Darrell struggled to find a job after he graduated from high school.

Highlights from the interview include:

"There's nothing I can do about my disability. I've got it, you know. So I have to live with it. It doesn't bother me or anything. I just cope with it and go on.”

Robert Sabwami, 41, tells us about his experience growing up in Kenya with a visual impairment.
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In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, we hear from 41-year-old Robert Sabwami, who recalls his experience growing up in Kenya with a visual impairment. 

In this story produced by WYSO's April Laissle, he says his journey hasn’t always been easy. When Robert first started losing his vision, he was plunged into isolation.

Highlights from this interview include: 

April Laissle

With the threat of a teacher strike looming, parents of Dayton Public Schools students gathered Tuesday night to come up with a 'Plan B.' DPS district officials say school will start as scheduled on August 15. But, many parents are still worried about how a strike could affect their kids.

In a small meeting room at Grace United Methodist Church in Dayton, about three dozen parents have come to hear the latest about the possible teacher strike, and to brainstorm ideas.

Dayton Public Schools
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Dayton Public Schools officials say they have backup plans in place to ensure a smooth start to the school year, despite a 10-day strike notice from the Dayton Education Association teachers' union, issued Tuesday to Dayton Public Schools through the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.

If a new contract deal is not reached in time, teachers could walk off the job as early as Aug. 11, just four days before the start of school.

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