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A coalition of West Dayton religious leaders and activists says it's considering a lawsuit to block Premier Health from closing Good Samaritan Hospital. The decades-old hospital is slated to close its doors for good July 23. The emergency department will close at noon July 19.

A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued over 30,000 suspensions to kindergarten through third-grade students during the 2016 school year. In Dayton, the same data show hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year.

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron land in Dayton this weekend for the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The popular flight team last performed in the Gem City in 2014.

Review: Barbara Gray reviews a DVD documentary about Dayton, Ohio native and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar entitled Beyond the Mask

Republican Congressman Mike Turner is calling for more study into chemicals found in Dayton’s water supply. They’ve also been found in groundwater near more than 126 United States military installations, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The chemicals are the focus of a newly released government report showing they’re more dangerous than previously thought.

The Dayton City Commission recently passed a law effectively banning panhandling along 51 major roadways. It’s not the first time the city has passed laws curbing the practice. Now, some legal advocates are already raising questions about the city’s new pedestrian safety ordinance.

At the May 23 city commission meeting, Mayor Nan Whaley was clear: the ordinance is not about panhandling.

“Nothing in this ordinance criminalizes holding a sign on the side of a roadway,” the mayor said.

A Dayton artist is working on a new way to memorialize victims of the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic.

The project would create a memorial wall made of hand-cut mosaic tiles, called the  “Wall of Perseverance.”

The memorial is the brainchild of mosaic artist Jes McMillan, founder of the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton

Dayton City Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance effectively banning panhandling along many major roadways in Dayton. 

The new law prohibits pedestrians from coming within three feet of an operating vehicle on 51 busy roadways in the city. It would also penalize motorists who slow down or deviate from traffic lanes to interact with pedestrians.

Dayton teachers' union leaders are blasting a conservative political group for a video that casts them in a negative light.  

The City of Dayton is activating traffic cameras at two more sites Monday. A total of five intersections within city limits are now camera monitored.

Red-light cameras have officially been activated at the intersections of James H. McGee Blvd and Third Street and Linden Avenue and Smithville Rd. Violators will be issued warnings for the first 30 days after activation. After that, $85 citations will be issued by mail.

Speed cameras are already operating at three other city intersections:

The City of Dayton is again exploring ways to ban panhandling along major city highways. At a meeting Wednesday evening, the city commission is expected to review an ordinance that would criminalize the practice.

Dayton first introduced legislation to restrict panhandling in 2011. That law required panhandlers to register with the city, and restricted begging to daylight hours. It also allowed cops to arrest violators instead of just citing them.

After legal challenges, the law was partially repealed in 2016.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is hosting public hearings this week on Dayton Power & Light’s application to boost electricity rates. The company applied to increase rates almost three years ago.

DP&L’s proposal would increase a mandatory fee on all customer electricity bills. 

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In the spring of 1796, three parties pioneered north into unknown wilderness, their Cincinnati home fading behind them. After a 10-day adventure up the Great Miami River — through mysterious, perilous, unknown wilderness — these pioneers reached their destination. The woman believed to be the first off the boat, Catherine Benham Van Cleve Thompson, is now recognized for being the great-great grandmother of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Both Dayton and the Wright brothers are unequivocally tied to the city of Cincinnati. This is how. 

A Miamisburg site that played a big role in nuclear history will soon be open to the public. It’s the home of the former Mound Laboratories - known to some in the Miami Valley for its important role in developing the first atomic bomb.
 
Beginning this month the Cold War-era Mound will also house a new Dayton History museum. Organizers hope it will showcase this critical but often controversial chapter of American history.

At the height of operations after World War II, Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg employed around 2,500 workers.

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U.S. Magistrate Michael Newman is proud of his district's Reentry Court, calling it one of the best in the nation alongside Minneapolis. Ten more ex-convicts graduated November 9, 2017, from the program that began in 2012 and continues to see a drop in recidivism.

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Ed. note: Tales from the Trail is a column that will take you behind the scenes of politics to see some of the funny, and sometimes outright bizarre things that happen on the campaign trail, based on Howard Wilkinson's recollections of 43 years of covering politics. 

When you are traveling with a candidate – particularly a candidate for president – there are all sorts of obstacles you must overcome.

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Filming resumes today in Dayton on "The Old Man and The Gun," starring Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.

Second Street in downtown Dayton, between Ludlow and Wilkinson streets, will be closed for a second consecutive day for the movie production, according to Dayton news reports. It is scheduled to reopen at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday May 2.

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Working to evolve from an industrial city to one that can grow and thrive in today's economy, Dayton, Ohio faces many of the same economic and social challenges as other cities across the country, including police-community relations, poverty and the opioid crisis.

Starting February 2, Dayton's Human Race Theatre will present the world premiere of Eric Ulloa's 26 Pebbles, which deals with the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on the community. 

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Starting Jan. 16, the around-the-clock public TV children's programming on Channel 14.3 will be changed to PBS Kids. Why?

Adopting the PBS Kids national lineup and branding allows Cincinnati's WCET-TV and Dayton's WPTD-TV/WPTO-TV to provide a live stream of the channels online.

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Branden Frantz, former general sales manager at WXIX-TV (Channel 19), will succeed Richard Dyer as WLWT-TV president and general manager Jan. 1.

The music and dancers, the food and the beer, all of it part of the annual Dayton Celtic Festival

City of Dayton, City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati has double the population of Dayton, Ohio, yet the cities share similar characteristics and face many of the same challenges and opportunities. WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson joins us as we talk with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley about working together for the benefit of both cities, and their thoughts on the future for what could one day become a combined Cincinnati-Dayton metropolitan area. 

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James Philips says he must've forgotten to return History of the Crusades to the University of  Dayton library when he joined the Marines. Now, 49 years later, the book is finally returned and heading back into circulation.

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Interim Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein is losing the "interim" from her title.

Dickstein will be officially appointed during Wednesday's City Commission meeting.

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Dayton city leaders have signed an agreement with two companies to redevelop a downtown landmark.

Cross Street Partners and Dayton-based Miller-Valentine Group want to turn the Dayton Arcade into affordable housing for artistic and creative residents.

Rebecca Forste visits with Jim Stump to discuss her presentation on the celebrated Ohio poet Paul Laurence Dunbar at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Saturday, January 30.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough has just released his latest book, a fascinating look at the men from Dayton, Ohio who took flight from Kitty Hawk.

A community organization in Dayton is setting up a time bank to encourage volunteering.  East End Community Services is starting the Dayton Time Network, in which members earn credit for each hour they spend helping other members.  That credit can then be redeemed for hours from other members.

Potential members must first attend an orientation meeting, and when accepted, enter the hours worked online. 

Jazz lovers in this area have no doubt made the drive to Dayton to see some of their favorites perform in in intimate setting of Gilly’s, celebrating almost 34 years of presenting live music in their current location. The club’s owner, Jerry Gillotti, joins our Ron Esposito to reflect on some of the greats who’ve performed at Gilly’s and the challenges of booking live music these days.

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