WYSO

Dayton

Premier Health provider, Miami Valley Hospital
WYSO/Joshua Chenault

UnitedHealthcare and Premier Health have reached a contract agreement. The deal restores in-network access to Premier doctors and facilities for nearly 200,000 UnitedHealthcare policyholders.

Last spring, contract talks between Dayton-based Premier and Minnesota-based insurance giant UnitedHealth Group broke down. The impasse left at least 60,000 Premier Health patients out of network with their doctors.

A temporary special discounted flat fee offered by Premier last year to help patients maintain their medical care expired December 31, 2017.

The Montgomery County overdose death rate remains historically high, with at least 559 deaths countywide this year as of November, as reported by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Indigo Life / Indigo Life

The number of accidental overdose deaths in Montgomery County has been trending downward in recent months.

Mental health and addiction advocates from the county’s collaborative Community Overdose Action Team say intensive efforts to address the opioid epidemic are beginning to have an impact.

On Thursday in Dayton, advocates presented excerpts from the county’s new Voices Project partnership, part of a national video project to share the stories of people touched by the epidemic.

Dayton business Event Lites successfully funded a recent expansion through Kiva.
Kiva / Downtown Dayton Partnership

Mom and pop business owners often struggle to find enough capital to get their ideas off the ground and succeed, research shows. Kiva Dayton’s recently launched crowdlending platform aims to help solve this problem.

Heath McAlpine and Mary Ramey of Dayton Indivisible For All pose by the letter addressed to Representative Mike Turner
Kristin Stratman / WYSO

The anti-Trump activist group Dayton Indivisible For All is calling on Republican 10th District Congressman Mike Turner to hold a town hall meeting in the wake of the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Members of the organization hand-delivered a letter to Turner's office in downtown Dayton asking that Turner openly condemn groups that promote white supremacy and racial violence.

 

 

Organizer Mary Ramey says it’s important for Turner to speak out.

 

traffic camera red light camera
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr/Creative Commons

The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing the city of Dayton's appeal of a law strictly limiting red-light and speed cameras in a case with statewide implications.

The court on Tuesday will hear arguments for and against the law that bans the use of red-light cameras without an officer present.

The court also has appeals on the same issue from Springfield and Toledo.

Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals rejected Dayton's appeal in 2015, saying the new law doesn't violate the city's home-rule authority.

State lawmakers are requiring a police officer be posted at each camera, which essentially bans the practice.
Creative Commons

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a city's challenge to new rules that require a police officer to be present when an automated camera is used to issue traffic tickets.

Springfield's argument against the law was rejected by a county judge last year and the city lost an appeal earlier this year. Nearby Dayton also has an appeal pending before the state's highest court.

April Laissle

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.

Authorities investigating the slaying of a southwest Ohio pastor expect to charge his brother in the fatal shooting that occurred at the pastor's church office as services were winding down.

Dayton police say the Rev. William B. Schooler was shot around 12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church.

The 70-year-old pastor's brother was arrested at the church and taken to the Montgomery County jail. Police say they expect 68-year-old Daniel Gregory Schooler will face a murder charge today.

Jail records don't list an attorney for Schooler.

Woodland Cemetery entrence on Woodland Avenue.
Woodland Cemetery

Woodland Cemetery in Dayton is celebrated its 175th anniversary Thursday. On February 18th 1841, when the city had a population of about 6000, the Woodland Cemetery Association of Dayton was created to establish the rural cemetery and replace two others located too close to the growing city.

About 108,000 people are buried in the historic cemetery and arboretum, including many famous Daytonians like the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles Kettering and Erma Bombeck, among others.

kthompson84 / Flickr Creative Commons

Can online lists impact us in ways we don’t understand? Are there real world fallouts to being one of the “ten worst” or “ten best”? Community Voices producer Dan Gummel takes a closer look at clickbait.

We’ve all seen those online lists: “The Top Ten Unhappiest Cities in The U.S.” or “The Ten Most Miserable Places to Live in 2015”. Here in the WYSO listening area several cities including Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield have been named to lists claiming they are unhappy, or dying. But are these lists really accurate?

 

Pages