The Ohio Republican Party has voted to endorse Attorney General Mike DeWine as their gubernatorial candidate. DeWine’s running against Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who had very strong words for how the endorsement process went down. 

Ohio State Representative Bill Seitz has sent a letter to the Hamilton County Board of Elections announcing he plans to retire before the end of his current term.  

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For eight months Cincinnati Police and the FBI have tried to track down the person who vandalized a Sayler Park vehicle with Swastika symbols, and other phrases like "Go Home," "Musslim Terrorist", and "Trump America," with no success.  Now they want your help.

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Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune outlined the county's successes and challenges during the annual State of the County address.

Among the surprise names that came up in the filings for governor was that of Cleveland doctor Jon Heavey. He embraces the idea of being a political outsider and Heavey’s sudden campaign is bringing some big dollars to the race.

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding a public meeting Thursday in Florence as it considers Duke Energy's request to raise rates an average of $15 a month.

Ohio is the only Midwest state that’s had a sales tax holiday for the last three years. And now the Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would guarantee it would be an annual event.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is asking council to delay implementation of the responsible bidder and local hire contracting requirements.

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Cincinnati Council Member Jeff Pastor resigned Wednesday from council's Budget and Finance Committee.

Pastor's staff emailed an aide to Council Member and committee chair David Mann with the resignation.

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Hamilton County voters will have a levy request from the Cincinnati Zoo on the May ballot, but it's not what the zoo had hoped. County commissioners approved a renewal of the current levy. The zoo requested an increase.

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