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Cincinnati is hosting Major League Baseball's All-Star Game this month, and there's an enormous effort to make the region look as good as possible.  Millions of tourist dollars are at stake; and it's an opportunity the Reds, Cincinnati, and the region may not have again for a while. 

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A judge says the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) can move forward with a vote on how the Cincinnati streetcar will be operated.

Michael E. Keating

The Cincinnati Police Department is a step closer to getting some technology upgrades for its police cruisers.

City Council voted Wednesday to use $2 million from last year's city budget surplus for information technology equipment.  

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The John A. Roebling Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Thursday, July 2, between 9 a.m. and 3 pm. for a lighting repair project. 

Kasich Cuts School Funding Dollars, Allows Severed Ties With PARCC

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Gov. John Kasich signed a $71.2 billion two-year state budget Tuesday night which was substantially different than the one he proposed earlier this year; and he responded with a record 44 vetoes, twice as many as in the last budget.

Michael E. Keating

The full Cincinnati Council will likely vote Wednesday on a proposal to start a new police training class on January 3rd. 

Council's Law and Public Safety Committee approved the plan Tuesday.

It will have at least 40 recruits and that number could grow to 55 if the city receives a federal COPS hiring grant.  

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A business group plans to clean up the streets of Covington before the All-Star Game.  The 15-day graffiti removal and litter patrol starts tomorrow.  The Covington Business Council, and its non-profit foundation, Urban Partnership, hired a company to patrol the streets, picking up garbage, deodorizing alleys, and removing graffiti.

Martin Walker

Authorities evacuated the Hamilton County courthouse Tuesday morning because of a suspicious item.

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The Ohio Development Services Agency is awarding $27.5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to rehabilitate 33 buildings across the state. The money will be spread over 19 applicants. The agency estimates the funds will leverage approximately $279.4 million in private investments.

Cincinnati's NAACP branch is joining the fight against violence in the city. The group is launching a “change in attitude about violence” campaign. It's called “STAND UP FOR PEACE”.  

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