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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Community members will get an opportunity to voice their concerns about Dayton Public Schools at a town hall meeting set for Thursday.

DPS officials say the discussion will center on parent engagement, a topic board member and DPS parent Jocelyn Rhynard has focused on during previous meetings. Rhynard is set to facilitate the discussion.

In a statement, DPS said it wants to help families learn how to get involved in their child’s education. The district also wants to establish parent teacher organization in all schools.

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A West Dayton community group is expanding its federal civil rights complaint against Premier Health related to the company's recent closure of Good Samaritan Hospital. The organization alleges the health-care giant has engaged in a pattern of discrimination.

The Clergy Community Coalition originally filed a complaint against Premier Health with the United States Department of Health and Human Services back in May. The group argued Premier’s decision to close Good Sam would have a disproportionate impact on Dayton African-Americans.

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An ice storm downed trees, caused widespread traffic delays and left thousands of residents without power across the Miami Valley Thursday morning.

As of 11:15 a.m., 18,704 Dayton Power and Light customers were without power.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said many power outages were caused by heavy ice bringing down tree limbs onto power equipment.

Downed trees and icy road conditions also led to a number of traffic incidents Thursday morning.

The Ohio Department of Transportation began sending plow trucks onto area roadways at 3 a.m. Thursday.

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Dozens of people are expected to rally in Dayton Saturday to protest what they see as Trump administration attacks on transgender rights.

The protest is connected to a national campaign known as We Won’t Be Erased, affiliated with the National Center for Transgender Equality and its partner organizations.

Noeleen Mcilvenna is a Professor of History at Wright State. She says the administration has placed an unfair burden on its teaching professionals - putting their job security and tenure positions at risk.
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Wright State’s faculty union has rejected a proposed contract by an independent arbitrator. The union’s rejection clears the way for a strike if an agreement with the school’s administration is not reached.

More than 95 percent of union members voted to reject the report.

It was produced by an arbitrator known as a fact-finder, tasked with coming to a compromise on unresolved contract issues.

Elections officials predict strong voter turnout this year.
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Montgomery County voters came out in droves this year to cast early ballots before Election Day. During this year’s early voting period, 17,754 people cast ballots in person, more than triple the 2014 total of 4,600, officials report.

Nationwide, early voting numbers surpassed 2014 levels in 28 states.

Overall voter turnout this year is also expected to break records.

Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly says she thinks the increase is part of larger trend toward voting early.

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Two  political newcomers are challenging long-time incumbents for seats in the Ohio House this fall.

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Two candidates with ties to Dayton Public Schools are on the ballot this fall.

Democrat and Dayton School Board Vice President John McManus is vying for a seat in the Ohio House. He’s challenging Republican incumbent Jim Butler.

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Voters in Greene County will decide on three education-related ballot issues this fall.

The Greene County Career Center is asking voters to approve a levy to fund the construction of a new facility in Xenia.

The 20-year, 1.03 mil bond levy would raise $62 million. That comes out to an extra $36 per year for a homeowner with property worth $100,000.

Career Center officials say the facility would support the expansion of vocational training programs related to the aerospace industry.

The race for Ohio’s 10th District Congressional seat has captured a lot of attention this election season. Democratic political newcomer Theresa Gasper is challenging Representative Mike Turner, a Republican who’s been in Congress for more than a decade.

Libertarian candidate David Harlow is also on the ballot.