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Dayton Public Schools has had an eventful few months. In December, district officials announced plans to close or consolidate schools, citing low enrollment. DPS also permanently severed ties with Superintendent Rhonda Corr. And, the district’s financial dealings have recently become the subject of a state audit. To learn more about these developments, WYSO’s Juliet Fromholt spoke with education reporter April Laissle.


Community activists are reacting to Premier Health’s decision to close Good Samaritan hospital, one of the only major hospitals serving northwest Dayton.

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.

“Our goal is to make sure every pregnant woman gets connected to some kind of service, particularly any one that can provide a visiting nurse after the birth of the baby, so they have a baby that's healthy,” Wesley Community Center Director Yvette Kelly-F
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Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country. Data show the problem affects African Americans at all income and education levels much more often than whites.

The Gem City Market project has received a $220,000 Grant from insurance giant CareSource. "We are thrilled to receive this vote of confidence from Caresource," says Amaha Sellassie, Gem City Market Board President.
Gem City Market

Thousands of West Dayton residents who lack easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables could soon have a full-service food market close to home.


The west side has been without a convenient source of fresh produce since 2008, when a neighborhood Kroger grocery store shut down. Since then, city officials have tried attracting a new grocer without success.


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The State has approved $1 million in funding to preserve the historic Wright Airplane Factory site on Dayton's west side.

The grant will be used by the National Park Service to preserve the exterior of two buildings. They’ll also create a replica of the brother’s first manufactured plane.

State officials say the project will revitalize West Dayton.

Andrea Hatcher with NOP spoke to Dayton City Commissioner Chris Shaw after the meeting.
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Around 30 Dayton residents were at the City Commission meeting Wednesday to talk about neighborhood investment. Members of the group Neighborhoods Over Politics (NOP) filled up the City Commission chamber with a list of requests focused on getting the city to pay more urgent attention to empty and dilapidated houses, and enforce housing codes, particularly on the west side.


Andrea Hatcher with NOP lives in Madden Hills.


In Wolf Creek and Dayton View, hundreds of homes still stand empty. west dayton abandoned house tour
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Since the housing market collapse in the late 2000s, Dayton and Montgomery County have been demolishing hundreds of abandoned houses per year.

A half-finished demolition site in Dayton View West Dayton
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Monday is the last day for Dayton-area residents to give feedback on a five-year plan for community development that addresses issues like safety and blight.

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Home Owners Loan Corporation

“Redlining” is when banks in lots of U.S. cities refused to make loans or provide services in some neighborhoods—often low-income neighborhoods with high populations of immigrants and African Americans. The practice was officially ended in 1977, with a federal ban known as the Community Reinvestment Act that also encouraged banks to reinvest in poor areas.