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 WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Ohio's U.S. Senate race; and how the outlook seems to have improved for incumbent Republican Rob Portman's re-election chances. 

The Roebling Suspension Bridge will be closed to traffic Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Crews will be installing new pavement on the Ohio side of the bridge.

The work is weather dependent.

The City of Cincinnati is also planning roadwork in that area:

Walnut Street will be closed between Second Street and Freedom Way beginning at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, through 7:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 for bridge-related repairs and maintenance. 

In case you haven’t noticed, some really big equipment has been moving into the Children’s Hospital Liberty Campus and its impact for cancer patients could be huge.

The New Children's/UC Health Proton Therapy Center, scheduled to open in the winter of 2016-2017, has giant equipment that can zero in on a 3D image of a tumor and "spray paint" the cancerous cells with radiation without damaging surrounding cells.

It must be somewhat frustrating to be P.G. Sittenfeld these days.

The 30-year-old second-term Cincinnati council member is a candidate for the 2016 Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Rob Portman.

When he jumped in, he was hailed by many as a fresh new face, representing a new generation of young Ohio Democrats determined to bring the party back from the dead.

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Cincinnati officials say they are now "cautiously optimistic" the first streetcar vehicle will arrive by late October.  

That's about six weeks later than the original delivery date of September 17.  But right now streetcar passenger service should still begin as scheduled in September, 2016.  

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She's a little late to take part in Zoo Babies; the Zoo's newest arrival is a western lowland gorilla. Officials say Anju gave birth to a girl Tuesday at 7:10 a.m.

Opponents Not Amused By Mascot For Marijuana Amendment

Aug 28, 2015
Jo Ingles/Ohio Public Radio

The group behind this fall’s proposed amendment to legalize marijuana has a controversial new mascot; and opponents of the ballot issue are not amused.

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A handful of philanthropy groups are coming together to get more books in the hands of children from low-income families.

In a collaboration with Imagination Library and Reach Out and Read, Medicaid-eligible children in Cincinnati will be able to receive a free book every month from birth to age five.

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The superintendent of Catholic schools in the Cincinnati Archdiocese has resigned to take a similar position in Chicago.  Jim Rigg has been the leader of Cincinnati's Catholic schools since 2010.  

Appeals Court Denies Rowan County Request To Not Issue Marriage Licenses

Aug 27, 2015
Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Update 10:00 a.m.: Davis' office is still refusing to issue marriage licenses. A couple was turned away by office staff Thursday morning, according to the Associated Press.

Original Post: Rowan County, KY Clerk Kim Davis will have to resume issuing marriage licenses while she is being sued by four couples who were denied licenses, according to a ruling Wednesday from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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