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Kasich, Back In Columbus, Jokes With The Press, Does Some State Business

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Karen Kasler/Ohio Public Radio

  Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in a jovial mood when he met with reporters Thursday at the Statehouse, as he took a break from the presidential campaign trail to conduct some Ohio business.

One of Kasich’s rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump,  put national Republican party bosses’ minds at ease Thursday when he signed a pledge saying he wouldn’t run as a third party candidate if he’s not the nominee.

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If you're staying home this Labor Day weekend you're in the minority. According to AAA, 88 percent of Ohioans (1.6 million) will be hitting the road sometime before Monday. Nationwide 35.5 million Americans will do the same.

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The Cincinnati Planning Commission is scheduled to vote Friday morning on a proposal that could slow development activities in Hyde Park for several months.  

City staff are recommending a zoning study of the entire neighborhood and implementing an interim development control overlay district, or IDC, during such a review.  

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Fifth Third Bank is agreeing to sell 17 branch locations in the greater Pittsburgh area to First National Bank (FNB) of Pennsylvania. The deal amounts to approximately $383 million in retail and private banking deposits.

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Kharkiv, Ukraine, one of Cincinnati's sister cities, and a city known for the manufacturing of machinery and electronics, is trying to become more energy efficient.

A delegation of government workers traveled to the U.S. to learn how Greater Cincinnati recycles, uses solar energy, filters water, and generates heat and electricity.

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Since you won't be watching this year's end of summer fireworks on TV (as WVXU's John Kiesewetter was first to report), here's what you (and the roughly half million of your closest friends and neighbors) need to know if you're planning to head Downtown on Sunday.

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Update 10:50 p.m.: Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell says votes of no confidence are not uncommon in police departments.  Blackwell says he's been told it's never happened in Cincinnati, and he felt it was important to respond.  Blackwell says he has worked diligently for the city and for the department.

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Cincinnati voters will consider two Charter amendments this fall.  

Council approved two issues Wednesday: moving the city's mayoral primary from September to May, and another moving the beginning of mayoral and council terms from December to January.  It also includes cleaning up some other Charter language.

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Susie Gibbons is the new interim head of Cincinnati Archdiocese schools. She takes over Oct. 1 for Jim Rigg who is leaving to take the top school job in the Chicago's Archdiocese. Gibbons currently serves as a Regional Director of Catholic Schools and has taught at Seton and Alter high schools.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio is filing suit against the state Department of Health. The agency argues if House Bill 64, the recently passed state budget, takes effect at the end of the month, its two remaining clinics that perform abortions will have to shut down.

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