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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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(from left) Bomani Moyenda with Justice for John Crawford in Yellow Springs and Black Lives Matter Miami Valley, Carlos Buford, with Urban Citizens for Social Justice, and Bishop Richard Cox from Justice for Racial Equality and Brotherhood
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The Justice Department has announced it’s ending an investigation into the fatal shooting of John Crawford III, a black man who was killed by a white Beavercreek Police Officer  inside a Beavercreek Wal-Mart in 2014. A Crawford family attorney says the news comes as a major disappointment.

Federal authorities said they would not pursue civil rights charges in the case, citing insufficient evidence.

They said investigators analyzed store-surveillance video, interviewed witnesses and used an independent crime scene reconstruction expert in their review.

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At a crowded reception Thursday, new Wright State University President Cheryl B. Schrader addressed campus for the first time since taking office July 1. In her speech, Schrader repeatedly acknowledged the university’s financial problems.

"While all of us would probably prefer to be on more sound financial footing at this time, I know that we can't afford to dwell on the mistakes of the past...rather we must learn from them."

State Rep. and House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn is expected to take questions from the public Monday at a town hall meeting in Dayton. The event was organized by the activist group Dayton Indivisible For All to call attention to the ongoing state budget process.

Governor Kasich must sign the two-year budget bill by the end of this month. State legislators recently cut $800 million out of the upcoming budget due to lower than expected tax revenues.

A federal mediator has suspended contract negotiations with representatives of Dayton Public Schools and the teachers union, after the two parties reached a stalemate. The suspension of talks could impact the start of the 2017-2018 school year, union officials say.

Negotiations are set to resume in August. If an agreement isn’t reached before the district’s August 15 start date, the union may move ahead with plans to strike.

Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
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The Yellow Springs village council has named interim police chief Brian Carlson chief of the Yellow Springs Police Department. Village officials announced the decision at a council meeting earlier this week.

 

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Antioch University Midwest is planning to sell its building in Yellow Springs. The school is looking to relocate to a smaller space in a more centrally located area, such as Dayton, officials say.

In a letter Wednesday, Interim Chancellor Bill Groves told students and staff the school has hired a real estate firm to scout out potential buyers for the 94,000-square-foot building on Dayton Street. The property may officially go up for sale as early as August.   

Groves says changes in student educational preferences prompted the decision.

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Flanked by U-Haul moving trucks, more than 100 teachers rallied outside a Dayton Public Schools board meeting Wednesday night amid ongoing contract negotiations. The trucks were carrying classroom materials packed by the teachers in preparation for a possible strike.

 

 “As you can imagine, the decision to move our personal belongings out of classrooms where many teachers have been teaching for years and years does not come easily and was not taken lightly,” said David Romick, president of the Dayton Education Association.

 

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Wright State programs could be cut, and more than 100 employees could be let go under the university's upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. School officials are expected to release details of the plan at a finance committee meeting May 19.

As many as 120 employees could be let go, Wright State officials say.

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More than 150 people attended an open house at the a Bellbrook Mosque over the weekend.

The event, hosted by the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, was organized as part of an effort to increase dialogue and understanding among people of different faith traditions in the Miami Valley.

About 50 people attended a Dayton Public Schools town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss transportation issues. The district is dealing with a bus driver shortage that has caused buses to be frequently late or missing altogether.  

 

 

At the meeting, Superintendent Rhonda Corr laid out several solutions to the problem, including having seventh and eighth grade students take RTA buses to school instead of district buses. That suggestion prompted safety concerns from some parents and teachers.

 

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