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Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley (left) and Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce President Phil Parker spoke at a Thursday event re-launching the effort to merge city and county government.
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An effort to consolidate Montgomery County and Dayton city governments is facing resistance just as it gets off the ground. The idea is to imitate Louisville, Kentucky, which consolidated with its surrounding county in 2003. Proponents argue a merger would make Dayton larger and more powerful, and reduce competition for economic development between cities and towns.

The head of Springfield's NAACP is responding to the resignation of Spokane chapter president Rachel Dolezal.  The Spokane NAACP leader quit due to a widely-publicized controversy over her racial identity.

Dolezal resigned Monday after her parents, both of whom are white, claimed their daughter had lied about being black. They  supplied pictures detailing how their daughter had physically changed over the years to appear darker.

Springfield NAACP President Denise Williams, stated that race isn't a criteria for leadership in the NAACP.

Group Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Over Voting Rules

May 12, 2015
Jon Husted is Ohio's 53rd Secretary of State
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In advance of the 2016 presidential race, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted faces another lawsuit over the state's voting rules. 

The lawsuit was filed by a group called the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.

Among the provisions it challenges are rules limiting each county to one early voting location, as well as the elimination of Golden Week, when voters can register and cast ballots the same day. The suit alleges African-American, Hispanic and student voters are disproportionately affected.

Wayne Baker

A state task force formed by Gov. John Kasich in December to help make the relationship between police and the communities they serve better, held its second meeting last night at Central State University.  The governor assembled the 24-person committee by Executive Order after several police-involved shootings around the country and in Ohio.

More than a dozen people testified before the committee on a range of issues, including racial profiling, police involved shootings and better training for law enforcement personnel.

Payne Seminary

The NAACP and Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce have partnered to tackle the issue of HIV and AIDS in the black community. The civil rights organization says its research shows that one in sixteen black men and one in thirty-two black women will contract HIV.

Local lawmakers and activists are responding to the Supreme Court’s decision a year ago overturning article four of the 1964 Voting Rights Act. That article mandated that nine states that have a history of voting discrimination must notify the federal government before they make any changes to their voting rules—that didn’t include Ohio. The protection has been used to keep particularly southern states from passing restrictive voting laws.

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The head of the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP held a press conference at City Hall Plaza Wednesday afternoon to discuss the recent shooting death of a Springfield High School Student.  The discussion ranged from gun control to better parenting.

The shooting death of 17-year-old student-athlete Jeffrey Wellington this week has shaken the community.

Springfield NAACP Chapter President, Denise Williams, told the crowd at City Hall that the gun violence has to stop and she recalled a saying used years ago aimed at parents who need to get more involved.

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This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed race and sex discrimination in employment and public facilities.

And a lot of people are asking: what has changed?

“Dayton has changed tremendously as far as where we were,” says Jessie O. Gooding of Jefferson Township. “We haven’t achieved the total goal.”