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Of the 600-plus public school districts in Ohio, more than three-quarters have open enrollment policies. That means they accept and educate students who live outside of their district boundaries.

Open enrollment was implemented by state lawmakers nearly 30 years ago to increase options for parents and students, an early example of school choice, but for some districts, it’s creating financial hardship and new instances of segregation.

Liberty Schools Tries to Staunch Flow of Students and Money

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The week of July 23 is Trash Amnesty Week in Covington, where residents can throw away bulk trash items without using the special green stickers normally required. 

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The head of Kentucky’s bourbon association says he’s worried that a drawn-out trade war could slow down growth of the state’s signature distilling industry.

Kentucky bourbon is in the crosshairs of retaliatory tariffs from the European Union, Mexico and Canada after President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from those countries.

Emergency medical services are no longer available at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Dayton. A group of around 40 westside residents and community activists protested the ER's closure outside the hospital at lunchtime Thursday.

As crews shuttered the emergency department, members of the Community Clergy Coalition and the Black Panther Dayton Chapter groups were among those voicing outrage at the impending closure of the hospital, saying the decision will disproportionately affect Dayton neighborhoods of color.

A judge Thursday morning granted bond to several of the men arrested by immigration agents six weeks ago at Corso’s garden center.

The government accused them of being in the country unlawfully. The men’s bonds ranged from $6,500 to $12,000. If they can come up with the money, the men will be free while their cases move forward.

Where are they being held?

The men are at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, a private prison in Youngstown that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been using for detentions since 2016.

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Medicaid enrollees who lost dental, vision and non-emergency medical transportation on July 1 will have those benefits restored, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. That state agency manages Medicaid, the health insurance program for people with low-incomes and disabilities.

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People in Cincinnati may see a bicycle with a torch traveling through their neighborhood Friday and Saturday.  It's part of a relay for the opening ceremony Saturday night for the Cincinnati Neighborhood Games.  

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More than 500 ventriloquists from around the world are in Erlanger, Ky., this weekend for the 42nd Annual Vent Haven Ventriloquism Convention. Annie Roberts is on the Vent Haven Ventriloquism Museum board of directors and says this is a lot like any other convention, with networking and learning sessions.

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Ed. note: Howard Wilkinson launched his "Tales from the Trail" column on July 15, 2017, in an effort to take you behind the scenes of politics and hear some of the funny—and occasionally outright bizarre—situations that happen on the campaign trail. Since Wilkinson has been covering politics for more than 40 years, he has plenty of stories to tell. To mark the one-year anniversary of his column, we are republishing Wilkinson's first-ever "Tales from the Trail" here today.  

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Ohio carries out its first execution of the year. Hamilton County Republicans submit a petition that could put an issue on the November ballot repealing an increase in the county sales tax. Cincinnati leaders attempt to balance helping the homeless with ensuring public safety. And could U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents increase their activity in Greater Cincinnati?

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