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The University of Cincinnati's Board of Trustees is approving a recommendation to name UC's new dorm in honor of Marian Spencer, a local civil rights leader.

When a pregnant woman finds out that she's likely to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome, she's often given the option to terminate the pregnancy. But families affected by the genetic disorder, which causes developmental delays, are conflicted over whether such abortions should be legal.

The Ohio Board of Education is recommending lawmakers reduce the number of exams students must take to graduate. 

Board members voted Tuesday to get rid of three types of assessments. The first are local tests that are used solely to evaluate teachers.

They also voted to eliminate the WorkKeys exam, a test that students in career-tech pathways must pass to graduate.

State Superintendent of Instruction Paolo DeMaria told members of the board the recommendation to eliminate WorkKeys comes from a career-tech work group that studied the testing requirements.

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Bitcoin enthusiasts took what could be the first step Tuesday toward teaching some Tri-state residents about cryptocurrency. CPROP co-founder Adam Koehler and organizer of the "Day for Crypto Conference" hopes this helps position the area as an expert in this technology.

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Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco happily helped break ground for a new crime lab in Blue Ash.

A bill in the Ohio House would attempt to reform the jail system by basing bail off of a person’s risk to society rather than how much money they have. The ACLU likes the idea but says more should be done to stave off any bias.

Some of the people who brought a marijuana legalization plan to the ballot two years ago want to try to put a different one before voters next year. 

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Hamilton County commissioners have an eye on decreased state aid and unfunded mandates as they craft the 2018 budget. Board President Todd Portune wants to take a deep dive next year but is already identifying some numbers.

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Cincinnati provided $3.25 million for 36 human services programs, which leveraged another nearly $21 million from other sources during the last fiscal year.

Sisters of Mercy

The Mercy Bobcats and McAuley Mohawks will become the Mercy McAuley Wolves when the joint school opens in fall 2018.

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