In 2012, Time Magazine did a story based on an interesting premise: that five counties in Ohio – the ultimate swing state, the bellwether of the nation – could decide the presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Yes, Hamilton County was one of them - perhaps the most important of them.

The others were Cuyahoga, Franklin, Stark and Montgomery.

Obama won them; won Ohio; and won a second term in the White House.

Hamilton County

New Hamilton County Juvenile Court policies are in place after the Children's Law Center and the County settled a 2014 lawsuit filed by the Covington non-profit legal service.

At that time, lead attorney Rickell Howard said, the county was routinely arresting and detaining youths without probable cause. Probable cause is a judicial finding that a crime has been committed, and the person cited has probably committed the crime.

The Monroe Fire Department is starting what it says is the state's first community paramedicine program.  The launch is happening Friday evening.  

Butler County Sheriff's Office

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones, a Republican, took himself out of the running Friday for House Speaker John Boehner’s soon-to-be vacant House seat.

Jones, who has built a national reputation as a crusader against illegal immigration, put out a written statement Friday morning saying that he has “been fortunate enough to receive an enormous amount of support from citizens in and around Butler County.”


A new Deutsche Welle poll surveying Germans ages 18-29 finds 90 percent think German unification was so successful it should be a model for other countries. Not surprisingly, older generations see it as a work in progress.

Across Germany and the U.S., people are talking about the effects of  the unification and how it could be better. A program beginning Sunday at the University of Cincinnati is no exception.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The City of Cincinnati is looking to energize a solar campaign by offering a $1,500 rebate for city residents who install solar panels.

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA) announced its "Solarize Cincy" campaign at the Cincinnati Zoo Thursday, the so-called "greenest zoo in the nation."

State Representative Denise Driehaus is officially launching her campaign for Hamilton County Commission. She's running to unseat incumbent commissioner, and commission president, Greg Hartmann.

Gamers Compete For Prizes, Recognition

Oct 1, 2015
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There's a tournament this weekend at Fifth Third Arena.  It's expected to draw players from several universities, but they won't be competing in any commonly recognized sport.  They'll play video games, and event organizers hope to earn some respect for eSports.

Rainer Maiores

Cincinnati City Council has approved a paid parental leave program by a vote of 7-2. The two council members voting against the plan were Amy Murray and Kevin Flynn.

City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Council has endorsed remedies to make sure the city does a better job awarding contracts to African-American and women-owned businesses. 

A recent study finds such awards from 2009 to 2013 were limited.