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Members of the West Dayton Clergy Community Coalition, from left: Robert Jones, David K. Greer, Rev. Rockney Carter, Bishop Richard Cox and Richard Clay Dixon.
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A coalition of West Dayton religious leaders and activists says it's considering a lawsuit to block Premier Health from closing Good Samaritan Hospital. The decades-old hospital is slated to close its doors for good July 23. The emergency department will close at noon July 19.

Premier officials maintain the hospital’s operation is no longer financially sustainable. The health system is moving forward with plans to shutter and demolish the medical center.

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A recent WYSO investigation revealed thousands of kindergarten through third grade students are suspended each year. State data also show school officials remove children of color from the classroom much more often than white children.

Senior Voices: John Johnson

Jul 12, 2018

This week on Senior Voices, John Johnson remembers a rich period in Dayton music history, and working in concert promotion back in the 1960s and 70s. One venue he worked at was the Palace Theater, which stood across North Main Street from the Victory Theater. John shared his story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Liz Anderson.

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Attorney: Charges Dropped Against Stormy Daniels

Jul 12, 2018

Updated: 1:27 pm, July 12

The attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels says prosecutors have dropped all charges against her following her overnight arrest at an Ohio adult club.

Amid a congressional committee meeting in Columbus, union workers and retirees will rally at the Ohio Statehouse in an effort to push Congress to protect their pensions. Many worry a string of bankruptcies has put their retirements at risk.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
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For the first time, the Republican candidate for governor is stating clearly that he would keep Medicaid expansion for all 700,000 Ohioans covered under it. Mike DeWine says he’s been supportive all along, but his opponent says that’s not true.

While accepting the endorsement of the Ohio State Medical Association, DeWine said he’d keep Medicaid expansion but that he’d reform it, including adding work requirements and wellness incentive programs.

“Look, there’s no change. What we have said is, all along, is that it had to be reformed,” DeWine said.

The Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton turns 150 this year.
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The Victoria Theatre Association has a new president and CEO. The Victoria Theatre board of trustees announced Ty Sutton will replace retiring president and CEO Ken Neufeld.

Ty Sutton comes to the Victoria after three years as executive director of the Butler Arts Center at Butler University.

Victoria officials cite Sutton’s “20 years of arts venue management experience”  and his extensive fundraising, marketing and programming knowledge as factors in his selection.

Harrison Hall at Miami University.
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Some Miami Valley college officials say they’re working to support international students affected by the Trump administration travel ban, advising them to evaluate their study plans before the fall semester begins.

The Supreme Court recently upheld by a 5-4 vote the ban for residents from seven countries, most with Muslim majorities.  

A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued 30,000 suspensions to K-through-third-grade students in the 2016 school year. In Dayton, hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year. It’s a problem education policy experts have been trying to tackle for years. Many studies show children who miss too much school struggle to keep up when they return. As WYSO’s April Laissle reports, this is especially true for elementary age students.

 

Jerry Kenney

There’s an old farming adage when it comes to corn crops: “knee-high by the Fourth of July.” The traditional saying refers to how tall a good corn crop should be by that date. But for many Miami Valley farmers this year, the corn crop passed that benchmark some time ago.  

Ty Kalaus, regional deputy director for the United States Department of Agriculture, Great Lakes Region says some of the credit goes to this spring and summer’s alternately rainy -- and then hot, dry weather. 

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