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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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Wright State University is terminating employees as a part of a larger effort to trim their budget.

Some Wright State staff members received letters this week notifying them that their positions would be cut due to "financial exigency.”

That term is generally used to describe money woes severe enough to put the university at risk of closure. A spokesperson for school later said using that term was a mistake.

Wright State has struggled recently due to lower student enrollment and state budget cuts for higher education.

Plans to merge the governments of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County have fallen through due to a legal issue.

The plan’s architects say Ohio law prevents city-county combined governments from being created if any of the city’s land is outside of the county.  In March, the city of Dayton annexed 25 acres of land in Bathe Township in Greene County. That made it legally impossible for consolidation plans to move forward.

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In the years after World War II, Main Street in the City of Miamisburg was bustling. Quaint mom and pop shops and eateries drew visitors from all over the Miami Valley. But things changed. The rise of shopping malls in the 1970s and the loss of long-standing local business families in the 1990s left many buildings on the street vacant. But that’s all starting to turn around thanks in part to the reopening of the Plaza Theatre, a once shuttered 96 year-old movie theater at the center of town. 

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Hundreds of people gathered on Monday night to discuss the Dayton Together Merger plan at a town hall meeting at Wayman Chapel AME Church on Hoover Avenue.

 

Panelists spoke in opposition to the plan, which would merge the governments of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County. Under the proposal, the government would be led by a council and one manager. A new mayor and 10 representatives would be selected by county voters using redrawn districts. School districts and other local governments in Montgomery County would not change.

The West Carrollton School District is making budget cuts in response to a levy failure last March.

The district is set to eliminate high school and preschool transportation for the 2016-2017 school year. They’ll also cut an additional $215,000 from school services.  

Superintendent Dr. Rusty Clifford said they tried to ensure their cuts did not affect the quality of education.

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The Pineview Estates mobile home park was recently without water yet again, despite help from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

The water system at the park has been unreliable for years, and landlord Timothy Dearwester still hadn’t made an effort to fix it, despite being asked to by the Ohio EPA and a Montgomery County Court judge. The Attorney General’s office is seeking to put Dearwester in jail for failing to comply.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and a national labor union representative held a press conference Tuesday to announce their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

At the former Harrison Radiator Plant in Moraine, Mayor Whaley and National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler called on congress to “reject the deal.”

Shuler argues that the trade deal is a big loss for union and non-union workers in the U.S. She also says some of the countries involved in the agreement have high rates of human rights violations against women.

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9 students at the University of Dayton have confirmed cases of the mumps and another 23 have shown symptoms. All but one of those students was fully vaccinated against the infection.

 

All UD students are required to receive the MMR vaccine, which protects against Mumps, Measles and Rubella, before starting classes -- unless a medical condition prevents them from getting it.

Donna Youtz, the immunization coordinator with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, says the vaccine isn’t 100% percent effective.

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Montgomery County has the second highest heroin overdose rate in the state of Ohio. It’s a problem that has left commissioners from the City of Dayton and Montgomery County desperate for answers.

 

At a crowded joint meeting held to discuss the epidemic, representatives from area health organizations explained the hard facts of the issue, and why tackling it has become so complex.

Dayton Public Schools hosted a town hall meeting last night at the Dayton Boys Preparatory school, just weeks after announcing the departure of Superintendent Lori Ward.

Ward spent the meeting, which was held in partnership with the NAACP, outlining how the district ended up at risk of a state takeover, and how they plan to recover.

“We went through 3 years of almost 150 teachers leaving the district," Ward said to the crowd. "So strategy: all buildings will be staffed with effective teachers and provided high quality on-going professional development.”

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