April Laissle

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’s new medical marijuana program was set to be fully operational in September, but it was delayed by hiccups with the implementation process.

Ohio’s new medical marijuana program was set to be fully operational in September, but it was delayed by hiccups with the implementation process.

Much of what remains of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital can be found on the fourth floor of the library at Wright State University. Old staff photos, patient intake records, and weathered maps of the hospital’s campus are all kept at the Special Collections and Archives Center at the university. The artifacts were donated to the school after the hospital closed.

“The hospital had three separate pieces of land...it was gigantic,” says archivist Bill Stolz, who helps maintain the collection. “They had an orchard, animals, and a small working farm.”

Nearly 100 people gathered at Dayton Boys Prep Academy Tuesday to learn more about the latest efforts to turn around Dayton Public Schools. The district, which received an overall grade of “F” on this year’s state report card, is trying to avoid state takeover next year.

Ohio's candidates for governor repeatedly spotlighted the Miami Valley during the first of three gubernatorial debates, held Wednesday night at the University of Dayton river campus.

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray spent much of the contentious hour-long debate comparing their approaches to the opioid crisis and their respective attempts to address it during their time in government.

The candidates also sharply criticized each other’s views on student debt, abortion rights, and gun control. 

State school report card grades were mixed this year for districts in the Miami Valley. The annual report measures district performance based on test scores from the 2017-2018 school year.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek, Oakwood, Russia, Springboro, and Wayne schools all received an overall grade of “A” on the report. “A” ratings were rare across the state this year – only 28 of Ohio’s more than 600 districts received them.

A Dayton Daily News analysis of an explosive Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has uncovered new connections to Dayton’s Chaminade Julienne High School.

Dayton Daily News reporter Will Garbe broke that story this week. WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with Garbe to learn more about the investigation, and hear how officials at CJ are reacting.


State Rep. Fred Strahorn met Wednesday with other Dayton officials to brainstorm ways to boost participation in the next United States census. Although Census Day is still more than a year away, the Trump administration’s recent proposal to add a new citizenship question to the survey has shined a spotlight on the effort. Some community leaders say their neighbors want to opt out of the count.

North Dayton activist Tommy Owens says that when he talks to some people in his community about the census, they have a lot of questions.

Wright State’s new semester begins Monday, Aug 27. University officials are continuing to grapple with major staffing and budget issues.

Community members will be asked for input about the redevelopment of the Good Samaritan Hospital site at a public forum Tuesday evening. Premier Health officials closed Good Sam in July citing lower demand for hospital services.

The meeting, led by Premier Health, Columbus-based city planning firm Planning Next, and CityWide, is the second of three community forums being organized to discuss the future of the West Dayton site.

Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are investigating what led to Thursday’s false report of an active shooter situation on the base. The incident caused an hours-long lockdown and prompted an emergency response from multiple government and law enforcement agencies, including a SWAT team.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials say there was no “real world” active shooter incident at the base Thursday afternoon. False reports of a shooter at the base's hospital situation triggered an hours long base-wide lockdown. 

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has lifted its lockdown after an active shooter was reported at the medical center on Thursday afternoon. 

New testimony from an expert witness appears to implicate the police officers involved in the shooting death of John Crawford III at a Walmart store in 2014. The statement emerged as part of the Crawford family’s ongoing civil suit against the Beavercreek police department and the Walmart company. But, the family’s attorney says the development is unlikely to trigger a new criminal investigation into Crawford’s shooting.

A new WYSO analysis of state education data reveals tens of thousands of stu

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