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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

WNKU-FM

UPDATE 7/19/17  9:00 p.m.

Jeff Ziesmann, buyer of WNKN-FM from Northern Kentucky University says there was no agreement to keep the Triple-A format on the station, as said after the Wednesday afternoon NKU Board of Regents meeting. "Very early on in negotiations, we discussed keeping the format provided NKU would finance the purchase of the station. It quickly rejected the proposal," Ziesmann said. 

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Hamilton County Coroner's office, which houses the county crime lab, will no longer process rape kits from the Cincinnati's police department, according to Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black.

Covington Appoints Next City Manager

Jul 19, 2017
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A four month search for a new Covington City Manager has come to a close. The Covington Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to appoint David Johnston as Covington's next city manager.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Large Bengals logos are popping up around Greater Cincinnati and Dayton to celebrate the team's 50th season.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

After two mistrials, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says he will not try a former University of Cincinnati police officer a third time.

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