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A screenshot of the July 1, 2020 Dayton City Commission meeting that was held via videoconference.
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The Dayton City Commission has unanimously passed a law requiring people to wear masks. It's a dramatic attempt by the city to stem the spread of the coronavirus as the state's economy reopens.

The city ordinance goes into effect this Friday, July 3, at 8 a.m. The law requires people to cover their nose and mouth when inside public places, or even when outside when social distancing isn't possible. Failure to comply will be enforced by Dayton Police officers, who are empowered to issue $85 citations.

The Dayton City Commission met remotely on April 22, 2020.
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The Dayton City Commission is officially objecting to the renewal of liquor permits for five Dollar General stores in the city.

Many say dollar stores, like Family Dollar and Dollar General, often take poor care of their facilities, and contribute to an increase in trash and crime in the neighborhoods around them.

On Wednesday, the Dayton City Commission passed emergency resolutions objecting to the renewal of the Dollar General liquor permits.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality attorney Ellis Jacobs Ellis Jacobs testifying about the Dayton Daily News sale at the commission meeting.
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The Federal Communications Commission has granted the Dayton Daily News’ owner more time to find a new buyer. The extension could keep the newspaper operating seven days per week.

The future of the paper has been in question since last year when a private equity firm bought Cox Media Group’s Ohio newspaper, radio and TV stations.

Soon after the Cox Media Group purchase, Apollo Global Management said it would cut publication of the Dayton Daily News to three days per week.

The announcement sparked an immediate outcry from many Daytonians.

Dayton City Commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw
City of Dayton

In the race for Dayton City Commission, incumbent candidates Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw have maintained their seats on the commission. Both candidates receiving more than 6700 votes apiece. 

This marks Shaw's second term on the commission and Joseph's fifth. Jospeh and Shaw recently proposed an amendent to the Dayton city charter to allow city firefighters to volunteer in other communities.  Dayton voters overwhelmingly passed the amendment Tuesday.

Fire truck with ladder
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Election Day is next week and this year Dayton voters will consider a measure allowing city firefighters to volunteer in other communities.

The city charter currently bars city employees from working for other jurisdictions.

Issue 15 was proposed by Dayton City Commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw.

Shaw says the rule change is needed to allow the city to compete for federal firefighting grants.

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Incumbents and challengers are vying for two open seats for the Dayton City Commission in the November 5 election.

The incumbents are Dayton city commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw. The challengers are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base logistics specialist Shenise Turner-Sloss and community activist David Esrati.

Dayton Strong memorial in front of Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District.
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The city of Dayton has announced the members of a new committee tasked with helping to oversee the location and design for a permanent memorial to the victims of the Oregon District shooting rampage, which killed nine people and injured more than 30 others in a matter of seconds outside the Ned Peppers bar.

(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
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One of four men indicted on federal corruption charges has pled guilty. Former State Rep. Clayton Luckie entered his guilty plea to a single count of mail fraud, though his indictment under an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into alleged public corruption in the city of Dayton also included a felony count of wire fraud.

Police officers in riot gear stand on Third Street as a small Indiana Klan group rallied in Courthouse Square Saturday.
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A rally by an Indiana Ku Klux Klan group in Dayton’s Courthouse Square resulted in no major problems or violence Saturday. The event drew hundreds of police officers from across the Miami Valley and the state of Ohio, and crowds of counterdemonstrators, who flooded downtown Dayton to protest the KKK.

The protestors vastly outnumbered the nine Klan members who had traveled more than 100 miles from Indiana to rally inside a fenced-off plaza in Dayton’s Courthouse Square.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
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The Dayton City Commission is urging Dayton’s two major health-care systems to sign a transfer agreement with the Miami Valley’s last-remaining abortion provider.

The agreement is required by state law. And without it, the clinic is in danger of closing.

Among the city commission members, four out of five voted in favor of the resolution asking Kettering Health Network and Premier Health to sign the transfer agreement with Women’s Med Center in Kettering.

Legal efforts to challenge the state requirement have so far been unsuccessful.

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