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April Laissle

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter.  There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.

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Yellow Springs' new 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility will produce a variety of medically sanctioned products, including edibles and sprays.
April Laissle / WYSO

Ohio’s new medical marijuana program was set to be fully operational in September, but it was delayed by hiccups with the implementation process.

One of the state's first-to-open, and largest, cultivation facilities is located in Yellow Springs. The Cresco Labs facility Monday celebrated its grand opening.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, WYSO’s April Laissle went along for a tour. 

Historical photos of St. Elizabeth's Hospital at the Special Collections and Archives Center at Wright State University.
April Laissle / WYSO

Much of what remains of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital can be found on the fourth floor of the library at Wright State University. Old staff photos, patient intake records, and weathered maps of the hospital’s campus are all kept at the Special Collections and Archives Center at the university. The artifacts were donated to the school after the hospital closed.

“The hospital had three separate pieces of land...it was gigantic,” says archivist Bill Stolz, who helps maintain the collection. “They had an orchard, animals, and a small working farm.”

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli address the crowd at Dayton Boys Prep Academy.
April Laissle / WYSO

Nearly 100 people gathered at Dayton Boys Prep Academy Tuesday to learn more about the latest efforts to turn around Dayton Public Schools. The district, which received an overall grade of “F” on this year’s state report card, is trying to avoid state takeover next year.

Mike DeWine (R) and Richard Cordray (D)
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio's candidates for governor repeatedly spotlighted the Miami Valley during the first of three gubernatorial debates, held Wednesday night at the University of Dayton river campus.

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray spent much of the contentious hour-long debate comparing their approaches to the opioid crisis and their respective attempts to address it during their time in government.

The candidates also sharply criticized each other’s views on student debt, abortion rights, and gun control. 

school desks
Historic Breman / Flickr Creative Commons

State school report card grades were mixed this year for districts in the Miami Valley. The annual report measures district performance based on test scores from the 2017-2018 school year.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek, Oakwood, Russia, Springboro, and Wayne schools all received an overall grade of “A” on the report. “A” ratings were rare across the state this year – only 28 of Ohio’s more than 600 districts received them.

Chaminade Julienne High School

A Dayton Daily News analysis of an explosive Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has uncovered new connections to Dayton’s Chaminade Julienne High School.

Dayton Daily News reporter Will Garbe broke that story this week. WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with Garbe to learn more about the investigation, and hear how officials at CJ are reacting.

State Rep. Fred Strahorn and local officials met Wednesday to talk about the next U.S. census.
April Laissle / WYSO

State Rep. Fred Strahorn met Wednesday with other Dayton officials to brainstorm ways to boost participation in the next United States census. Although Census Day is still more than a year away, the Trump administration’s recent proposal to add a new citizenship question to the survey has shined a spotlight on the effort. Some community leaders say their neighbors want to opt out of the count.

North Dayton activist Tommy Owens says that when he talks to some people in his community about the census, they have a lot of questions.

Wright State university WSU board of trustees debate nutter center fairborn
Jess Mador / WYSO

Wright State’s new semester begins Monday, Aug 27. University officials are continuing to grapple with major staffing and budget issues.

 

 Some of these problems are holdovers from the last school year, when Wright State trustees announced new budget cuts were needed to prevent state financial oversight.

 

For more on this situation, and ongoing faculty union contract negotiations, WYSO’s Jess Mador spoke with education reporter April Laissle.

 

Good Samaritan Hospital
via Premier Health

Community members will be asked for input about the redevelopment of the Good Samaritan Hospital site at a public forum Tuesday evening. Premier Health officials closed Good Sam in July citing lower demand for hospital services.

The meeting, led by Premier Health, Columbus-based city planning firm Planning Next, and CityWide, is the second of three community forums being organized to discuss the future of the West Dayton site.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was on lock down due to a reported active shooter situation. Base officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that the reports were false.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are investigating what led to Thursday’s false report of an active shooter situation on the base. The incident caused an hours-long lockdown and prompted an emergency response from multiple government and law enforcement agencies, including a SWAT team.

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