Cincinnati residents could soon find the answers to animal issues on the city's website.  

Animal task force chairman Jim Tomaszewski spoke to city council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.

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Former state representative Connie Pillich of Montgomery has been laying the groundwork for months and, Monday morning, she made it official – she will be a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor in 2018.

She becomes the third Democrat to announce as a candidate for governor in 2018, joining former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Copley and Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni of Boardman.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about former state representative Connie Pillich jumping into the Democratic race for Ohio governor; and provided an update on where things stand in the Cincinnati mayor's race. 

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Ohio has its foot on the gas accelerating an effort to grow its self-driving vehicle industry. After success last fall, The Ohio Turnpike and OTTO are planning more tests this spring and summer for self-driving tractor trailers across Ohio's northern corridor.

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You may not realize it but the soil is buzzing with conversation. Plants talk to one other. Some conversations are nice and others are nasty.

Through a fungal network plants can warn each other of pending attacks by bacteria or bugs or they can  send herbicides they manufacture to kill other plants.

Apparently, it was all a merry mix-up. 

On Thursday morning, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's campaign was adamant about its intention to skip a March 28 mayoral debate sponsored by the NAACP. 

By the end of most people's lunch hour that same day, Cranley had reversed course. His campaign released a statement that said, in effect, that, yes, absolutely, by golly, there's no way we would miss such an important event!

So what happened to change their minds? 

A little not-so-gentle poke in the eye from the NAACP, that's what. 

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On the evening of August 28, 2016, central Hamilton County received nearly 4.5 inches of rain in a very short time. The storm sewer system wasn't built to handle that kind of rainfall and water and sewage backed up into some homes and businesses in Norwood, St. Bernard, and several Cincinnati neighborhoods.

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Get ready to say "ah." Blakely, the Cincinnati Zoo's Australian shepherd nursery nanny, has a new set of charges.

"The six-year-old super dog has been called into action to provide snuggling, comfort and a body to climb" for three Malayan tiger cubs born last month, says the Zoo in a news release.

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Geologist and researchers at the University of Cincinnati are celebrating completion of a new groundwater observatory station. The station will allow scientists to study interactions between the Great Miami River and the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer.

The chair of the Senate Education Committee says he expects a revised version of the charter schools bill to be presented next week so that lawmakers have time to pass the legislation before time runs out on the General Assembly.

Lawmakers have been meeting privately with interest groups this week and several disagreements remain over whether to allow the schools to take root statewide, how many entities should be able to authorize charters and how to ensure the organizations won’t sap money from traditional public schools.

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