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A drug treatment facility started by Google's parent company and a couple of Dayton health care systems is moving forward with its live-in facility, while also working through pandemic safety measures.

With one of the highest eviction rates in the country, Dayton city leaders set out to do something about it last year with the formation of an Eviction Task Force. This summer, city commissioners passed two task force recommendations and may take further steps.

A peaceful protest turned into a skirmish with police officers in downtown Dayton, as hundreds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.

Around 400 people gathered midday Saturday to protest police violence against Black people. Floyd died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd down with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

As WYSO remembers the 2019 Memorial Day tornado disaster and its impacts, we return to one of last year's hardest-hit Miami Valley communities: tight-knit Northridge. Beth Wentz and Timothy Walker raised their two children in the area as longtime homeowners in their first house together. On the night of the storm, Wentz and the kids clung together in the basement as a massive EF4 twister destroyed the house all around them. Walker had just started on third shift at a Clayton warehouse when his sister-in-law called. She told him the house was severely damaged, but his family had survived.

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It's been almost six months since shootings took place just hours apart in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Tex., that together left 31 people dead and dozens wounded. The University of Dayton is marking Tuesday, Feb. 4, with a forum on gun violence.

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For nearly six years now, I have been walking into the journalism lab at Walnut Hills High School to help advise the staff of The Chatterbox, the student newspaper, put together a new issue.

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A Dayton task force will deliver recommendations in the first quarter of 2020 to address the city's high eviction rate, which ranks 26th in the country.

It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing hundreds of people across the Miami Valley. 

Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities and assist survivors.

One December event organized by two partnering churches was designed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.

State Attorney General Dave Yost is calling for the release of the Oregon District mass shooter’s Bellbrook-Sugarcreek student records. 

Yost filed a so-called “friend-of-the-court” brief in the Ohio Supreme Court asking it to overturn an earlier lower-court decision to keep the records private.

Yost’s brief supports a coalition of news outlets that includes Cox Media Group, Scripps, WDTN, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Associated Press, The New York Times, CNN and ABC News that is suing to make the records public. 

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Dayton, Ohio, is a city that is used to getting knocked flat on its back.

Nearly six months after the Memorial Day tornadoes, hundreds of people who sought federal disaster assistance continue to wait for final word on their applications. 

According to the latest Federal Emergency Management Agency data, 336 people across the 11-county disaster zone who applied for assistance are still working their way through the appeals process.

FEMA has already paid out more than $4.6 million in Individual Assistance grants. 

The Ohio Department of Health has granted a license to Women’s Med Center of Dayton. It is the last abortion clinic in the Dayton area.

Editor's note: To protect the anonymity of the children in this story, we are not using their names.

Children are often called the hidden casualties of the opioid epidemic. They carry a lot of secrets and shame.

Visitors entering Dayton’s Oregon District near Smokin Bar-B-Que and The Neon movie theatre will now be greeted by a roughly 3,000-square-foot mural. 

The giant art piece is the work of Dayton artist Tiffany Clark, and while it was planned before the Aug. 4 mass shooting, its completion two months after the massacre holds special meaning for some residents and business owners in the neighborhood.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday in support of stricter gun controls.

Speaking before a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Assault Weapons, Whaley called on lawmakers to take assault weapons off the streets to stop shootings similar to the one in the city’s Oregon District that left nine people dead and nearly three dozen others injured.

The Wright Company Factory, located near W. Third St. in Dayton, has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Preservationists have lobbied for more than a decade to receive the special site designation.

The factory buildings were built in 1910 and 1911 and served as the first airplane factory in the United States. Inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright produced more than 100 planes at the factory.

Police officers who killed the gunman responsible for a mass shooting in the Oregon District last month were honored in a White House ceremony on Monday.

At the event, President Trump praised the six police officers, saying they displayed “nerves of steel” during the attack that left nine people dead and dozens more injured. The officers shot and killed the gunman before he could enter Ned Peppers bar, less than 30 seconds after the  attack began.

A charity fund established after the Oregon District mass shooting has so far collected nearly $3 million. Later in September, Miami Valley residents will have a chance to weigh in on how the fund’s dollars should be distributed.

The Dayton Foundation set up the Oregon District Tragedy Fund in the wake of the August 4 shooting  to help the family members of the victims and offer financial assistance to people injured in the attack.

Thousands of people were in downtown Dayton Sunday for comedian Dave Chappelle's Gem City Shine benefit show. 

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Following the mass shooting that took place in Dayton, Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine proposed new gun regulations, including expanded background checks and a version of a "red flag law." 

That legislation is likely to be met with resistance in the Ohio House. Although Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is working hard to convince the governor and legislature to take action to reduce gun violence. 

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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.

Dayton leaders are having initial discussions about erecting a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives in the Oregon District mass shooting on August 4. 

At a press conference earlier this week, Mayor Nan Whaley said the city plans to invite Oregon District business leaders, victims advocates, and other community members to form a committee focused on establishing a public display honoring the victims. 

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New details emerge about the investigation into the Aug. 4 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that left nine people dead and several others injured.

New details are emerging about the investigation into the August 4 Oregon District mass shooting that left nine people dead.

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Cincinnati's contributions to all things beer are well-known, but brewing played a significant role in the early growth and culture of the Dayton, Ohio area as well. 

A friend of the gunman who killed nine people outside an Oregon District bar Sunday Aug. 4 now faces federal charges that could send him to prison for up to 15 years.

Authorities have charged 24-year-old Ethan Kollie with illegally owning firearms, and lying about his drug use on a federal form in order to acquire them.

Kollie allegedly told FBI agents he regularly smokes marijuana and used “hard drugs” with shooter Connor Betts in 2014 and 2015.

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Courtesy of the Community Blood Center

Community Blood Center in Dayton says donors turned out in force following last week's deadly mass shooting in the Oregon district. Nearly 150 people donated whole blood, platelets and plasma during the Dayton Strong Blood Drive Friday.

Dion Green is a soft-spoken 37-year-old with short dreadlocks and a muscular build. He works at a men's homeless shelter helping the less fortunate.

In recent months, though, Green has been thrust onto the other side of crisis-solving. He has now found himself the one who is trying to traverse misery.

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.

President Donald Trump’s visit to Dayton Wednesday sparked protests across the city. After landing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the president and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Miami Valley Hospital, where they met with survivors of last weekend’s Oregon District massacre that left nine people dead and more than two dozen others injured.   

They also met with hospital staff, first responders and some Ohio lawmakers and public officials. Throughout the president’s visit, a large crowd of people stood across the street chanting in protest.

  

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