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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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Ohio women make about 78 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts, according to a new study by National Partnership for Women and Families.

That difference amounts to an overall salary disparity of about $10,600 annually. That’s in line with the national gender pay gap, which is about $10,700.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. EPA is stepping in to help clean up groundwater pollution in the Valley Pike neighborhood of Riverside.

The organization announced yesterday the site has been added to its National Priorities list, which categorizes the most hazardous polluted sites in the country.

The Ohio EPA asked for federal support when the chemicals perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) were found in Valley Pike’s groundwater in 2013. The contaminants were traced back to nearby Mullins Rubber Products.

Miami Township Parks and Recreation

Layer Park in Miami Township has been closed due to ground contamination after the Ohio EPA found high levels of lead in the park’s soil.

The park was the site of a skeet shooting range from the 1930s into the 1950s. Officials believe lead shot became embedded in the ground and contaminated the soil.

The park was already closed for winter and will remain closed until all tests are complete. Residents living nearby were notified of the contamination by the EPA last Friday.

Ohio Department of Youth Services

The Ohio Department of Youth Services is free of federal court oversight for the first time in nearly a decade. The monitoring came after a lawsuit was filed in federal court alleging mistreatment of juveniles. As part of the settlement, the state agreed to improve conditions for kids in their care.

 

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Our American Graduate series, What’s Next, is a look at how high school seniors figure out what to do with their lives. Yesterday we heard about how students are finding their way to college and careers through their guidance counselors.

But there’s one option that at least some counselors may be missing: technical training for careers that don’t require college. And lots of technical occupations have open positions that can be hard to fill. One example is firefighting.

April Laissle

Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in the Dayton area Friday—inside the Fuyao Glass Plant in Moraine. He spent the majority of the town hall meeting talking about job creation.

“When I’m president we’re going to have a shock and awe philosophy to get this country jump started again with more jobs and more unity in the United States of America,” Kasich said.

The crowd was subdued, watching patiently as Kasich spoke among huge crates filled with windshields.

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The Madison Local School district is closed today as the Butler County Sheriff's Department investigates a shooting by a teenage boy that injured four students, including two who were hit by gunfire.

 

Police say 14-year-old James Austin Hancock opened fire in the cafeteria of Madison Junior/Senior High around lunchtime yesterday, hitting two students. They were flown to a hospital yesterday and were reportedly in stable condition.

The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education has released its annual school report card data. The report measures school district performance based on test scores from the 2014-2015 school year.

Oakwood City Schools was one of only six districts in the state to receive an “A” rating for its overall test scores. Beavercreek, Yellow Springs, and Centerville City Schools all earned "B" ratings in that category.

The employment status of two high-ranking Dayton Public Schools administrators is now up in the air.

Dayton’s School Board elected not to renew the contracts of Superintendent Lori Ward and Treasurer Craig Jones at a meeting last night. The board can still opt to bring the two back under new contracts.

School Board member John McManus said the decision is a step in the negotiation process.

Details of a plan to merge the governments of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County were revealed yesterday by members of the non-profit group Dayton Together.

They’re aiming to create what’s called a metro-style government, partially modeled after the 2003 merger of the city of Louisville and its surrounding county.

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