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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 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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The state of Ohio recently allotted $9.1 million to fund mental health services for kids kindergarten age and younger. It’s all part of a larger effort to prevent these kids from getting expelled or suspended from school.

Bari Krause works with children at risk of expulsion as a mental health care counselor for Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio.  

Last week, she worked with a 2-year-old who was having a hard-time listening to his teacher.

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More snow is in the forecast today, and as a result several schools in the area are closed or on delays this morning.

Currently, Dayton Public Schools, Centerville Schools, Fairborn City Schools, Miamisburg City Schools, and Xenia City Schools are all closed today. Valley View Schools and Vandalia Butler City Schools are on two-hour delays. 

You can check for updates here.

Dayton City Manager, Shelley Dickstein
City of Dayton

The City of Dayton has appointed a new city manager. Shelley Dickstein has been acting as interim city manager since Warren Price stepped down last September.

 

  Dickstein will take over the position permanently on Wednesday. She’s worked for the city of Dayton since 1996 and has most recently served as assistant city manager.

 

The roof of the Arcade. The building has recently sustained water damage.
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City of Dayton officials have approved preliminary plans by development companies Cross Street Partners and Miller-Valentine to turn part of Dayton Arcade into affordable housing units geared towards Dayton’s creative community.

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