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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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Demonstrators at the 2010 Cancun Climate Summit.
Velcrow Ripper / Flickr/Creative Commons

Some Dayton activists are preparing to participate in Friday’s Global Climate Strike. The international demonstration is meant to call attention to climate change and prompt political action to mitigate its effects.

If Gem City's fundraising effort is successful, construction will begin early next year. The store is set to open in the summer of 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for Gem City Market, a co-operative grocery store designed to address diminishing access to healthy food in West Dayton. 

Plans for the market have been underway since 2015. The store is set to offer fresh produce and other grocery staples. It’ll also feature a community health clinic and a teaching kitchen. 

Amaha Sellassie, president of the Gem City Market Board, says more than 2,200 people have already signed up to become members of the co-op. 

School buses line up at Centerville department of education transportation headquarters.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Ohio school report cards will be released Thursday, according to the Ohio Department of Education.  This year’s results were supposed to determine whether Dayton Public Schools would be taken over by an Academic Distress Commission. Three consecutive years of failing grades trigger a takeover, and the district has received failing grades for the past two years.

Thank you Dayton Police sign at Ghostlight Coffee
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Police officers who killed the gunman responsible for a mass shooting in the Oregon District last month were honored in a White House ceremony on Monday.

At the event, President Trump praised the six police officers, saying they displayed “nerves of steel” during the attack that left nine people dead and dozens more injured. The officers shot and killed the gunman before he could enter Ned Peppers bar, less than 30 seconds after the  attack began.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

Attorneys for the Dayton area’s only abortion clinic are continuing to fight to keep the facility open, despite the Ohio Supreme Court’s refusal to hear their latest appeal last month.

The case began when the Ohio Department of Health declined to renew Women’s Med Center’s license because the clinic didn’t have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital, as required by state law. Two lower courts and the Ohio Supreme Court have all since upheld that decision. Now, attorneys for the clinic are asking the state Supreme Court to take another look.

Cemex Reserve in Fairborn is being used to store organic tornado debris.
April Laissle / WYSO

Greene County officials are continuing to contend with massive quantities of organic debris left behind by an EF3 tornado that touched down in the area on Memorial Day.

Nearly 150,000 cubic yards of debris has been removed from Greene County properties since the storm hit -- that's enough to fill about five Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson says the debris is being stored at two sites: the county’s environmental services center and Cemex Reserve, a public park that contains wetland areas.

Montgomery County Children's Services workers on strike, July 19, 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

A union representing Montgomery County Children’s services workers is close to reaching a contract deal with the county.

County and Professional Guild of Ohio representatives have reached a “conceptual framework for a tentative agreement,” according to a joint statement released Wednesday.

Negotiations began in February and stalled this summer, after the two parties failed to agree on wage increases.

Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger says the gunman who killed nine people in the Oregon District had ingested cocaine, alcohol, and Xanax prior to the August 4 attack. Officials say full toxicology results on the shooter may take up to six weeks.

Dayton Strong memorial in front of Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District.
April Laissle / WYSO

Dayton leaders are having initial discussions about erecting a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives in the Oregon District mass shooting on August 4. 

At a press conference earlier this week, Mayor Nan Whaley said the city plans to invite Oregon District business leaders, victims advocates, and other community members to form a committee focused on establishing a public display honoring the victims. 

The Bridges family drove over an hour to place nine teddy bears on the memorial in the Oregon District, one for each of the victims who lost their lives.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Private funeral services have been scheduled for the 24-year-old gunman responsible for a mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District, and his 22-year-old sibling, who was one of the victims.

On Monday, the Betts family published obituaries for their only children on a Bellbrook funeral home’s website. The family described their son as "funny, articulate, and intelligent."  The obituary was removed Wednesday and replaced with a statement from the family: 

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