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Cara Owsley / Pool

A judge Monday formally dismissed the charges against former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing. He was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter for the July 2015 shooting death of Sam Dubose during a traffic stop.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black says the pedestrian bridge connecting Music Hall with the city-owned Town Center Garage will soon be demolished.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked Monday morning with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about what the possible entry of Democrat Richard Cordray could mean to an already crowded field; and why this race to replace lame-duck governor John Kasich is already in full-swing. 

CDC

There's an extra buzz in the air in Fresno, California. That's because the city's Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD) is releasing an estimated 20 million sterile mosquitoes this summer in a plan  using bacteria to drastically cut into the insect population.

VT human trafficking task force

University of Cincinnati researchers are preparing to study the scope of human trafficking in Ohio, specifically minors under 18 and youth ages 18-21 in foster care. The last such study was in 2010.

The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice (OCJS) has awarded $100,000 to Assistant Professor Dr. Valerie Anderson and her team for the study which will report results in the fall of 2018.

For a guy who refuses to talk about the subject, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray has nearly everybody in Ohio Democratic Party politics expecting him to jump into the 2018 race for governor.

We've always thought Cordray had some extraordinary politics skills, but to create the kind of buzz we have seen in the past week while steadfastly refusing to talk about it is quite a neat trick.

It's not as if the Democrats don't already have some credible candidates for governor in the 2018.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Sam DuBose's brother Aubrey says he will not give up despite two hung juries and a decision not to retry former UC Police Officer Ray Tensing a third time in Hamilton County Court.

He called for federal charges while at a Saturday night rally on Fountain Square where demonstrators also marched to The Banks. "Sam's death is going to bring about a lot of changes," he said, "We're going to take it to the federal level."

Ed. note: Tales from the Trail is a column that will take you behind the scenes of politics to see some of the funny, and sometimes outright bizarre things that happen on the campaign trail, based on Howard Wilkinson's recollections of 43 years of covering politics. 

There are an awful lot of people who knew Morris K. Udall – better known as "Mo" ­– who believe he would have made a great president of the United States.

The Arizona Democrat served in the U.S. House for 30 years until the effects of Parkinson's Disease forced him into retirement in 1991.

Cara Owsley / Pool

A Cincinnati Police Department investigation finds Sgt. Shannon Heine did nothing wrong when testifying during the second Ray Tensing trial.

U Can Speak For Me Helps Raise Awareness For Unsolved Homicides

Jul 21, 2017
Hannah Vorst Shaffer / WVXU

Finding someone you love has been murdered in his or her car is something no one wants to imagine. It's the kind of situation people have nightmares about but hope they never have to personally endure. For some people, these nightmares are based in fact and they have to relive it over and over. Their loved one is still dead and the murderer is still out there, somewhere.

Why Is Kentucky A Commonwealth?

Jul 21, 2017
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Why is Kentucky a Commonwealth, but just about every other state in the U.S. is simply called a state? What's the difference?

It's all about style and history.

Luc Viatour / Wikipedia

In a month, Americans will be able to witness something that hasn't happened here in 38 years. The moon will pass between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow across parts of the country. It's such a rare experience, some people will travel to witness it. 

Flying Pig Marathon

Organizers are expecting a record turnout for the 20th running of the Flying Pig Marathon in 2018. Year-long events are being planned in the run-up to the May event.

Provided / Kevin Flynn

Update 7/20/17 at 6:15 pm: Council Member Kevin Flynn emailed and said a crew, with four workers, was cleaning up the property on Colerain Avenue across from Mt. Airy Forest.

Original story: A Cincinnati council member is suggesting withholding city funds for the Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County until it cleans up vacant properties it manages for the Hamilton County Land Bank. 

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Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati are parting ways with the developer responsible for building out the first two phases of the Banks project.

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