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Cincinnati Zoo
4:18 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Cincinnati Zoo gorilla expecting but 'ownership' is complicated matter

Hang in there, Asha! Pregnant gorilla due "any day."
Cincinnatii Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo is expecting a baby gorilla any day now. But, the little tyke won't actually belong to Cincinnati.  Neither the unborn gorilla nor its parents, Asha and Jomo, are Cincinnatians, so to speak. Though all three will live here, ownership falls to the parents' zoo of origin.  It's all part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan which helps zoos in North America regulate breeding.

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Common Core
5:55 am
Tue July 29, 2014

House Republicans renew push for repeal of Common Core

Rep. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) on left and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) on right
Credit Andy Chow

School districts have spent years preparing to implement the education standards known as Common Core -- which are set to start this coming school year. Now House Republicans are renewing their efforts to repeal the standards. The bill could be on the fast track to the House floor.

Republican Representative Andy Thompson of Marietta has been a vocal critic of the Common Core standards which were developed by a group of state education leaders from around the country.

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Icon Tax
5:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

"Icon tax" debate continues

Supporters donning yellow t-shirts and stickers pack county commission chambers Monday with overflow in the hallway beyond.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Update 7/29/14 9 a.m.: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's staff is confirming reports he would have the city make annual payments toward the upkeep of Union Terminal for the next 25 years.  Cranley says he will propose that the city continue to make $200,000 annual payments toward Union Terminal’s maintenance. The city is currently paying that amount, but there is no legal obligation to continue it.

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Bike lanes
2:39 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Central Pkwy bike lanes causing parking confusion

Bright green paint on Central Parkway which is part of the project to install bike lanes on the route.
Jay Hanselman

Update 07/29/14 at 2:30 pm:  Drivers on Central Parkway may also notice some spots along the route now feature bright green paint on the roadway.

A city official said the paint is “to alert motorists and bicyclists that their paths may be crossing at these locations.”  The official said Liberty Street is a great example, where lots of people are turning onto and off of Liberty where it intersects with Central Parkway.

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Politics
8:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the recently concluded National Urban League Conference in Cincinnati; and the two headline speakers - Vice President Joe Biden and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

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