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Free health screenings, a community baby shower and health information forums are among the Dayton events happening in April as part of so-called National Minority Health Month. 

The month's events kicked off last week at the Neon Theatre, with a Dayton Council on Health Equity gathering aimed at promoting health improvement and awareness in Miami Valley communities of color.

 

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It’s a chilly March afternoon in Marysville, Ohio, and I’m riding around on a golf cart with Clara Golding Kent, the public information officer for the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

It’s right after "count," when officials make sure the women serving time at Ohio's oldest prison are where they're supposed to be. Just now, the women here are heading to lunch, jobs and classes, or socializing in the yard.

Emerson scientists are studying this replica home's energy performance by simulating an entire year's worth of weather conditions in just over a week.
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More and more Americans are using technology such as LED bulbs and programmable, so-called “smart” thermostats to save on utility bills. And, despite Trump administration cuts to many EPA programs, many government, scientist and trade groups are pushing for even more energy efficient buildings.

Downtown Dayton's Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar hosts an event called the Perk-E-Lator to help would-be entrepreneurs hone their business ideas.
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A century ago, Dayton helped drive the global economy with inventions that changed the world – think, the airplane, the cash register, pop-top cans, the self-starting engine. In our series Scratch, WYSO explores some of the people and ideas that could impact life and the economy in the Miami Valley and beyond. 

The series was inspired by a simple question: where is Dayton’s famous spirit of invention still alive and well in the Miami Valley? And, who benefits? 

Nurse Elaine Patrick packs child-development and other educational materials into the back of her car. She visits new mothers and infants at home through the Help Me Grow Brighter Futures visiting nurse program.
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State health officials are promoting visiting nurse programs as part of a statewide strategy to reduce Ohio’s infant mortality rate.

 

It’s persistently higher than the national rate, despite recent progress in reducing the number of sleep-related infant deaths.

Visiting nurses are a powerful tool to help more high-risk infants make it to their first birthdays, many Montgomery County public health advocates say.

Authorities say police have fatally shot a southwestern Ohio man who refused to drop what was later determined to be a pellet gun.

The Dayton Daily News reports 33-year-old Robert Edwards was shot early Wednesday in Miami Township in Montgomery County.

Capt. John Magill says township police were called to the Oakwood Village mobile home park around 12:15 a.m. after reports of a man was making suicidal threats while chatting on social media.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Research from the nonprofit Advocates for Basic Legal Equality indicates that few schools in Montgomery County are testing their drinking water for lead. Following school-district surveys conducted in March and July, the agency is urging parents to contact their schools to ask whether they test for lead.

ABLE Law surveyed 54 Montgomery County schools and school districts about lead testing in 2017. Attorney Ellis Jacobs says the group also gave schools information on the dangers of lead poisoning.

 

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.
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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.

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Montgomery County voters approved a levy to continue funding Sinclair Community College.

 

Issue 4 is a 3.2 mill, ten year levy to support Sinclair Community College operating and capital expenses. The measure does not raise taxes.

 

A small but vocal group of opponents this fall had criticized Issue 4. They said it was unfair to Montgomery County residents because nearby counties with satellite Sinclair campuses are not equally taxed.  College officials disputed this characterization of Issue 4.

The giant foodbank event aims to help some of the thousands of Montgomery County residents who don't know where their next meal will come from.
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Crowds are expected at the ​University of Dayton Arena Friday for a giant food pantry giveaway. The annual event aims to help needy residents by providing them with fresh produce free of charge.

Miami Valley Foodbank organizers say they are preparing for as many as 1,500 families to line up this year to take home free boxes of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits.

The Foodbank’s Lora Davenport says produce is often too expensive for financially struggling families to afford.

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