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Food Bank Sees Increase in Need

Feb 6, 2010

A record number of Miami Valley residents are seeking help from the food bank because of the recession and the rise in unemployment.

Miamisburg Schools Meet to Put Levy on May Ballot

Feb 4, 2010

Miamisburg City Schools is holding a meeting Thursday to discuss their budget for next year. Earlier this week, voters approved a renewal levy, but did not pass an additional emergency levy that the district says it badly needs. As it stands now, it faces a 4.5 million dollar shortfall. Marsha Watts is the Assistant Superintendent.

"Revenues are down in our district, the value of houses and property taxes are down. Our revenues from the state are down, and the state has its own financial crisis going on," says Watts.

DHL Donates Air Park To Wilmington

Jan 19, 2010

State officials, business leaders, and local government met in Wilmington Tuesday to announce an agreement about the future of Wilmington's Air Park. Shipping company DHL announced that it will donate it back to the community.

The transfer from DHL is still pending a final agreement, but both local leaders and a DHL representative expressed confidence that the deal will go through. The town has been battered by job loss since DHL announced it would be leaving in 2008. Now, this latest news is has drawn excitement about the future of Wilmingon, and the occasional sports analogy.

Local Church Offers Blue Christmas

Dec 18, 2009

The holidays are a time for celebration, family and exchanging gifts. That's how the conventional wisdom goes. But for a lot of people, it can actually be harder than most other times of year. As Emily McCord reports, one local church is offering services to acknowledge that it's not always a Merry Christmas for everyone.

The Blue Christmas worship service at Corinth Presbyterian Church in Dayton isn't that different than other holiday services. There are still hymns, a sermon, and prayers, but it isn't exactly joyous.

School boards in Ohio are under a lot of economic pressure right now. They have to tighten their budgets, and on top of that, the shape of Ohio's state budget leaves questions about how much funding schools will receive in the future. In Greene County, there's a grass roots effort to save money in schools. It's got the attention of Governor Strickland.

Colleges See Positive Aspects To A Bad Economy

Sep 10, 2009

It's the first week of school at Wright State University, and Cathy Davis has good reason to believe this year is going to be a busy one.

"We've seen an increase in transfer applications each year, but this year there's been a significant increase in applications we've received," says Davis, the Director of Admissions at Wright State.

From our public forum on Aug. 20, 2009 discussing foreclosure, mortgage problems and struggling neighborhoods.

This weekend, communities are coming together in Dayton to show there's still some life in economically depressed areas. For the past year, Dayton, Cleveland, Youngstown and Canton have been laboring under the title fastest dying cities in the country. It was last August that Forbes called them as the walking dead.

Foreclosure Scams

Jul 25, 2009

As home foreclosures rise, so do the number of people trying to take advantage of those in a bad situation. More and more, scams are popping up across Ohio. In May, the Attorney General's office launched a crackdown on the shady practices. WYSO's Emily McCord reports on the on-going effort.

The Mortgage Crisis and Appraisers

Jul 24, 2009

When a house is for sale, an evaluation is done to determine its value before a loan is made.  Appraisers are trained to make judgments about the value of properties with "boot-on-the-ground" inspections. In the past, a few appraisers were influenced by over zealous brokers and lenders. Now there are new guidelines in place. But are they protecting the consumer or making money for the lender?

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