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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaking to reporters near the site of the shooting rampage.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined a group of Congressional Democrats in Washington Monday to lobby for tighter gun regulations. The group that included Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is calling for passage of a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases.

The bipartisan proposal known as H.R.8 would expand background checks to cover private firearm sales.

Mayor Whaley urged the Senate to bring the House bill to a vote.

2019 Memorial Day Tornado
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Small Business Administration and the city of Dayton are urging people affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes to apply for federal disaster assistance. The filing deadline is Tuesday September 3, 2019.

James Joseph, the regional administrator with the FEMA, says more than 6,000 people have already signed up for FEMA or SBA assistance.

Mayors are actively lobbying state lawmakers to consider a package of changes to gun laws and mental health policy unveiled by Gov. Mike DeWine in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting earlier this month.

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

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.

The last thing that Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, wants to hear in the wake of the tragedy that rocked her city on the early morning of Aug. 4 is the usual partisan bickering and excuses by politicians who are in the pocket of special interests.

She doesn't want to hear it.

The Loft at Top of the Market
Jerry Kenney

In a year that’s included a major tornado disaster and a mass shooting, 2019 has been difficult for many people across the Dayton region.

On Tuesday, a group of around seventy residents gathered to brainstorm about what Dayton could look like a decade from now. The event at Top of the Market - Banquet and Events Center was designed to generate new ideas for the city’s future.

The business is located in a building known for its place in Dayton history. Built in 1911, the renovated building first served as a warehouse for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

Jerry Kenney

Dayton officials and some Miami Valley health organizations are encouraging anyone struggling with depression or trauma after last Sunday’s mass shooting to seek help. 

They urge anyone struggling with difficult feelings to take care of their own health needs, saying this would also aid in the larger community's healing process.

Just two days after the Oregon District shooting, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and City Commissioner Chris Shaw stepped in front of cameras to address mental health as a part of the city’s recovery from its most recent tragedy.

Protesters call for stricter gun laws near the site of President Donald Trump's recent visit to Dayton.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he’s moving forward with efforts to tighten gun regulations in the state. 

The Republican appeared in Dayton Thursday with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in the Oregon District.

Speaking near the site of a makeshift memorial to the nine people killed, and more than 30 others injured in Sunday’s shooting outside Ned Peppers Bar, Whaley told reporters she's focusing on helping her grieving city heal, and assisting Oregon District shop owners return to business as usual.  

April Laissle / WYSO

Tensions were high at the site of the Oregon District shooting Wednesday morning, where a crowd of about 150 people waited for President Donald Trump’s arrival in Dayton.

Screaming matches broke out just steps away from flowers memorializing the nine people who were killed by a lone gunman Sunday.

Police, occupied by the president’s visit to a nearby hospital, were initially not at the scene.

Before officers arrived to calm the melee, City Commissioner Chris Shaw tried to de-escalate the conflict on his own by standing between the two groups.

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET

President Trump visited survivors of the shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday before heading to El Paso, Texas, the site of the weekend's other deadly violence. Trump remained out of public view during the Dayton stop.

On the ground in El Paso, Trump said, "We had an amazing day."

"The love, the respect, for the office of the presidency, it was — I wish you could have been in there to see it," he told reporters.

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