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. 

There are an awful lot of people who knew Morris K. Udall – better known as "Mo" ­– who believe he would have made a great president of the United States.

The Arizona Democrat served in the U.S. House for 30 years until the effects of Parkinson's Disease forced him into retirement in 1991.

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A Cincinnati Police Department investigation finds Sgt. Shannon Heine did nothing wrong when testifying during the second Ray Tensing trial.

U Can Speak For Me Helps Raise Awareness For Unsolved Homicides

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Finding someone you love has been murdered in his or her car is something no one wants to imagine. It's the kind of situation people have nightmares about but hope they never have to personally endure. For some people, these nightmares are based in fact and they have to relive it over and over. Their loved one is still dead and the murderer is still out there, somewhere.

Why Is Kentucky A Commonwealth?

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Why is Kentucky a Commonwealth, but just about every other state in the U.S. is simply called a state? What's the difference?

It's all about style and history.

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In a month, Americans will be able to witness something that hasn't happened here in 38 years. The moon will pass between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow across parts of the country. It's such a rare experience, some people will travel to witness it. 

Flying Pig Marathon

Organizers are expecting a record turnout for the 20th running of the Flying Pig Marathon in 2018. Year-long events are being planned in the run-up to the May event.

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Update 7/20/17 at 6:15 pm: Council Member Kevin Flynn emailed and said a crew, with four workers, was cleaning up the property on Colerain Avenue across from Mt. Airy Forest.

Original story: A Cincinnati council member is suggesting withholding city funds for the Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County until it cleans up vacant properties it manages for the Hamilton County Land Bank. 

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Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati are parting ways with the developer responsible for building out the first two phases of the Banks project.

WNKU-FM

UPDATE 7/19/17  9:00 p.m.

Jeff Ziesmann, buyer of WNKN-FM from Northern Kentucky University says there was no agreement to keep the Triple-A format on the station, as said after the Wednesday afternoon NKU Board of Regents meeting. "Very early on in negotiations, we discussed keeping the format provided NKU would finance the purchase of the station. It quickly rejected the proposal," Ziesmann said. 

After a three-year break, Ohio is set to execute a death row inmate later this month. Ronald Phillips was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993. He’s scheduled to receive a lethal injection on July 26th now that courts have given the state’s execution method a green light. Now, death penalty opponents are making a last minute appeal to Gov. John Kasich to spare Phillips and others.

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No Third Tensing Trial, Traffic Headaches And A Reds Update


This week Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced he would not seek a third trial for Ray Tensing in the shooting death of Sam DuBose, but Tensing could face federal civil rights violation charges. Maintenance work on the Brent Spence Bridge continues to cause traffic delays and headaches for commuters, and even some diehard Reds fans are losing patience with the team.

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The Give For Great Radio Auction: August 10 - 14

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Howard Wilkinson: Tales from the Trail

For over 40 years, Howard Wilkinson has been covering politics - but some of of his best stories never made the radio, newspaper or web. Until now.

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