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Kharkiv, Ukraine, one of Cincinnati's sister cities, and a city known for the manufacturing of machinery and electronics, is trying to become more energy efficient.

This month a delegation of government workers traveled to the U.S. to learn how Greater Cincinnati recycles, uses solar energy, filters water, and generates heat and electricity.

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Since you won't be watching this year's end of summer fireworks on TV (as WVXU's John Kiesewetter was first to report), here's what you (and the roughly half million of your closest friends and neighbors) need to know if you're planning to head Downtown on Sunday.

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Update 10:50 p.m.: Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell says votes of no confidence are not uncommon in police departments.  Blackwell says he's been told it's never happened in Cincinnati, and he felt it was important to respond.  Blackwell says he has worked diligently for the city and for the department.

City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati voters will consider two Charter amendments this fall.  

Council approved two issues Wednesday: moving the city's mayoral primary from September to May, and another moving the beginning of mayoral and council terms from December to January.  It also includes cleaning up some other Charter language.

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Susie Gibbons is the new interim head of Cincinnati Archdiocese schools. She takes over Oct. 1 for Jim Rigg who is leaving to take the top school job in the Chicago's Archdiocese. Gibbons currently serves as a Regional Director of Catholic Schools and has taught at Seton and Alter high schools.

On a normal day, the mundane work in the Rowan County Clerk’s Office proceeds without much fuss.

Vehicle registrations are renewed. People register to vote. Titles are filed away.

But this was no normal day.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio is filing suit against the state Department of Health. The agency argues if House Bill 64, the recently passed state budget, takes effect at the end of the month, its two remaining clinics that perform abortions will have to shut down.

Just a week after Dayton announced it will offer paid parental leave to city employees, Cincinnati may be doing the same.

Mayor John Cranley is introducing a proposal that would allow employees to take up to six weeks of paid sick time following a birth or adoption.

Department of State

The public event Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton had scheduled for Sept. 10 in Cincinnati has been moved to Columbus, according to a Clinton campaign official.

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Cincinnati Police say the officer who used a Taser on a robbery suspect Monday night followed department policy.

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