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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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Our American Graduate series, What’s Next, is a look at how high school seniors figure out what to do with their lives. Yesterday we heard about how students are finding their way to college and careers through their guidance counselors.

But there’s one option that at least some counselors may be missing: technical training for careers that don’t require college. And lots of technical occupations have open positions that can be hard to fill. One example is firefighting.

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Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in the Dayton area Friday—inside the Fuyao Glass Plant in Moraine. He spent the majority of the town hall meeting talking about job creation.

“When I’m president we’re going to have a shock and awe philosophy to get this country jump started again with more jobs and more unity in the United States of America,” Kasich said.

The crowd was subdued, watching patiently as Kasich spoke among huge crates filled with windshields.

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The Madison Local School district is closed today as the Butler County Sheriff's Department investigates a shooting by a teenage boy that injured four students, including two who were hit by gunfire.

 

Police say 14-year-old James Austin Hancock opened fire in the cafeteria of Madison Junior/Senior High around lunchtime yesterday, hitting two students. They were flown to a hospital yesterday and were reportedly in stable condition.

The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
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The Ohio Department of Education has released its annual school report card data. The report measures school district performance based on test scores from the 2014-2015 school year.

Oakwood City Schools was one of only six districts in the state to receive an “A” rating for its overall test scores. Beavercreek, Yellow Springs, and Centerville City Schools all earned "B" ratings in that category.

The employment status of two high-ranking Dayton Public Schools administrators is now up in the air.

Dayton’s School Board elected not to renew the contracts of Superintendent Lori Ward and Treasurer Craig Jones at a meeting last night. The board can still opt to bring the two back under new contracts.

School Board member John McManus said the decision is a step in the negotiation process.

Details of a plan to merge the governments of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County were revealed yesterday by members of the non-profit group Dayton Together.

They’re aiming to create what’s called a metro-style government, partially modeled after the 2003 merger of the city of Louisville and its surrounding county.

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Xenia City Council is preparing to put a new 3 to 4 mill operating levy on November’s ballot. They're trying to avoid a $1 million deficit.

Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman says they need the money to compensate for state budget cuts and falling income tax revenue.

“We have been trying to consolidate services, trying to cut costs, trying to do whatever we can to minimize expenses," said Merriman. "But the reality is it’s not an expense problem. It’s not a spending problem.”

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The City of Trotwood is hiring full-time firefighters for the first time in years. The city is one of many in the Dayton-area now facing a shortage.

 

The spike in job openings can be partially attributed to the rising number of retiring Miami Valley firefighters.The city of Cincinnati alone had 17 firefighters retire in the last year.

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio
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An Ohio bill that seeks to divert government money away from Planned Parenthood is headed to Republican Gov. John Kasich for his expected signature.

The GOP-led state House cleared the legislation Wednesday.

Stephanie Kight, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, says the federal money for preventative health care programs for low-income populations was awarded to Planned Parenthood after a competitive grant request process.

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There's more snow in today's forecast, and that's causing several school delays in the Miami Valley. 

Right now, Beavercreek City Schools, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools, Eaton Community Schools, Fairborn City Schools, Huber Heights Schools, Lebanon City Schools, and Preble Shawnee Local Schools are all on a two-hour delay.

You can check for updates here.

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