Dr. Hemant Shah directs the Kettering Hospital COVID-19 Critical Response Team, along with the COVID-19 Critical Response Teams at Troy Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center.
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As the United States coronavirus outbreak escalates, Ohio hospitals are taking new precautions to protect frontline health workers from unnecessary exposure to the highly infectious virus.

Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are at especially high-risk of becoming sick with COVID-19. As the state prepares for a surge in cases, we hear from a longtime physician at the center of the crisis.

For The Dayton Area: What Is The Path Upward?

Sep 16, 2019
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The economic numbers tell a brutal story for the Dayton area going back nearly 50 years. Add an addiction crisis that has claimed 1,000 Montgomery County lives since 2010, tornadoes, racial tension and a mass shooting and one must wonder: Montgomery County, what’s the future?

Ohio news organizations are asking a similar question in community conversations across the state, some in areas that have fared worse, and some better than Montgomery County.

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The National Football League Foundation has announced it will install a new, professional quality artificial-turf field in Dayton's Kettering Field park.

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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Voters in several Miami Valley counties will have the chance to decide a number of school levies at the ballot box in the May 7 Primary.

Beavercreek officials are once again asking voters to approve a schools levy supporting operating expenses.

After a similar measure failed last fall, the district responded by announcing plans to lay off more than two dozen teachers and staff members.

District leaders say more cuts will be made if voters reject the new 6.15 mill levy on the May ballot.

Authorities said Sunday they were reviewing a Miami Valley community's second fatal police shooting in a year's time after an officer shot and killed a suspect who a 911 caller described attacking a woman as she screamed.

Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said the "violent confrontation" at an apartment in the suburb of Dayton, southwest of Columbus, was reported to police just after 11 p.m. Saturday. He said the officer entered alone and both the suspect and an officer discharged their firearms.

U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar with Brigid's Path Executive Director, Jill Kingston (right) and foster parent and advocate Cyndi Swafford.
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United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was in Dayton Friday to attend a listening session on opioids at Brigid’s Path in Kettering, an inpatient treatment facility that specializes in caring for drug-exposed newborns.


Following morning discussions, Azar reaffirmed to reporters the Trump administration’s commitment to fighting the opioid crisis.


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U.S. Representative Mike Turner (R-10th) met with area leaders Monday to talk about economic development and federal policy. Roads, wages and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were all on the agenda in the meeting with 15 mayors and city officials.

Democrats mentioned President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, a point he pushed during his State of the Union address last week.

Rep. Turner wasn’t clear on whether he’d consider supporting the president’s proposal, but said his focus is elsewhere.

  A cappella music filled the noon hour today on Excursions as two great groups shared songs with us. Eleventh Hour, a high school pop a cappella group from Kettering Fairmont performed first with three covers. Niki chatted it up with the group's current members and about the yearly rotation of voices in the group. After that, Streetcorner Symphony, shared some tunes. They are an all male, professional group based out of Nashville, Tennessee. They just released a new album, Southern Autumn Nostalgia, consisting of all original tunes. 

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This month is known to people around the world as "No-Shave November." It's a time to forgo the razor to raise money for charity and to make a point - facial hair is an option, even in the professional world. Here in Dayton a social club known as The Gem City Gentlemen of the Gilded Beard organized Ohio's first beard and mustache competition to cultivate a local appreciation of well-groomed facial hair.