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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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The City of Dayton is activating traffic cameras at two more sites Monday. A total of five intersections within city limits are now camera monitored.

Red-light cameras have officially been activated at the intersections of James H. McGee Blvd and Third Street and Linden Avenue and Smithville Rd. Violators will be issued warnings for the first 30 days after activation. After that, $85 citations will be issued by mail.

Speed cameras are already operating at three other city intersections:

Dayton's officials are coming up against some unknowns in the budget process for next year.
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The City of Dayton is again exploring ways to ban panhandling along major city highways. At a meeting Wednesday evening, the city commission is expected to review an ordinance that would criminalize the practice.

Dayton first introduced legislation to restrict panhandling in 2011. That law required panhandlers to register with the city, and restricted begging to daylight hours. It also allowed cops to arrest violators instead of just citing them.

After legal challenges, the law was partially repealed in 2016.

If Gem City's fundraising effort is successful, construction will begin early next year. The store is set to open in the summer of 2019.
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Organizers have secured a location for Gem City Market, a planned co-operative grocery store designed to help alleviate food insecurity in West Dayton.

Officials announced this morning Gem City Market will be built in one of Ohio’s largest food deserts, on the 300 and 400 blocks of Salem Avenue in Northwest Dayton. The site currently houses a vacant lot and shuttered art supply shop.

Organizers are hoping to raise a total of $4.2 million to fund the project. More than one-third of that amount has already been committed.

Amazon is planning to build a new fulfillment center in Central Ohio, bringing 1500 jobs to the area.

The online retailer announced plans to build the 855,000 square foot facility in West Jefferson, a village along I-70 between Springfield and Columbus. Employees will pack and ship merchandise including electronics, housewares, books and toys, according to Amazon.  

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Greene County Republican Treasurer Dick Gould will face Democratic Beavercreek native Susan Lopez in the race for a seat on the Greene County Commission in November’s general election.

Both Gould and Lopez won by wide margins in Tuesday's Ohio primary, with Gould beating three-term Republican Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson 62 percent to 38 percent. Lopez bested Yellow Springs physician Steve Bujenovic 79 percent to 21 percent.

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Yellow Springs voters have overwhelmingly rejected a levy that would have funded an $18.5 million new school construction and renovation project in the village.

The 4.5 mil levy and quarter percent income tax increase was rejected by 63 percent of voters. Greene County Board of Elections Director Lynn McCoy says the issue prompted higher than average voter turnout.

The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
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Yellow Springs Voters will decide Tuesday whether to fund new school renovations and construction in the village. The levy issue has created significant controversy in the community.

The Yellow Springs School Board is asking voters to approve a 4.7-mill property tax levy and quarter percent income tax increase. The tax hikes would fund an $18.5 million renovation and construction project at Yellow Springs High School and McKinney School. If passed, homeowners with property worth $200,000 would pay an extra $329 in property taxes alone.

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Three-term Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson is being challenged in his bid for re-election in the upcoming primary election.

Anderson will face current Greene County Treasurer Dick Gould for the Republican nomination. Gould, of Xenia, worked as a police officer, accountant, and realtor before becoming County Treasurer in 2011. Incumbent Anderson, a Xenia attorney, has served on the commission since 2007.

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The Ohio primary is a week away. The race in the 10th congressional district is crowded, with candidates from both sides of the aisle vying for the seat.

The district currently represented by Republican Mike Turner covers Montgomery, Greene and parts of Fayette County.

WYSO’s April Laissle caught up with Dr. Lee Hannah, an associate professor of Political Science at Wright State University, to hear how the contest is shaping up.

If Gem City's fundraising effort is successful, construction will begin early next year. The store is set to open in the summer of 2019.
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Organizers for Gem City Market, a planned co-operative community grocery store in West Dayton, received the Coretta Scott King Justice award at a ceremony at Antioch College Wednesday. The news comes just weeks after another West Dayton grocery store closed its doors.  

Lela Klein and Amaha Sellassie were recognized for their years long work planning the co-op store, a project they hope will alleviate food insecurity for people living on the city’s west side.

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