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Hamilton County's sales tax goes up Wednesday.

The quarter cent increase was approved by voters in November to fund repairs to Union Terminal.

Ohio Department of Taxation Communications Director Gary Gudmundson says vendors were notified in February about the upcoming change.

"These transitions typically go pretty smoothly," says Gudmundson. "The technology has made it easier for vendors to adjust their cash registers to correctly charge and collect the proper sales tax."

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Angelina Jolie made the difficult choice of having her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes removed because genetic tests showed, without the elective surgery, she had an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer.

Jolie's mother died at 56 years old. She also lost her grandmother and aunt to cancer. In a New York Times op-ed the filmmaker and actress explained why she made that decision.

Ohio is a quadrennial battleground in presidential elections; and Kentucky – well, Kentucky is not, but they do love their politics in the Commonwealth. Though not as much as they love their basketball.

But the two states separated by the muddy river may both do something they don’t do very often, at least not in the past century: produce bona fide presidential candidates.

They are, of course, the junior U.S. senator from Bowling Green, Ky., Rand Paul; and the native Pennsylvanian-turned-Buckeye who was re-elected governor last fall in a cakewalk, John Kasich.

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A total of 12 civilians were rescued from the Kings Tower apartments fire, and four, including a three-month old child, were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Chief Richard Braun says three other firefighters were also injured, two with second degree burns, and one for smoke inhalation.  All three were treated and released.

Braun says there are three investigations into the fire that led to the death of Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon.  One will look at what caused the fire.  Braun expects that report to be issued soon.

The National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health and city departments will conduct simultaneous, but separate, investigations.  Braun says those reports will not likely come out for months.

Braun says there has been an outpouring of support from fire departments around the area, and from around the country.  He says Toledo’s fire chief was among the first to offer condolences.  Toledo lost 2 firefighters in January of 2014.

Local 48 president Matt Alter says funeral arrangements are still being planned, but the funeral will likely happen in the middle of next week.  

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The flag at Cincinnati's Firefighter memorial remains at half staff Friday morning, marking the death Thursday morning of fire apparatus operator Daryl Gordon.

Flowers, balloons, a wreath and a teddy bear are laid at the base of the memorial.

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A philanthropic experiment opens the doors on its new home Friday.  People's Liberty started last year, awarding a pair of large grants.  Now, it has offices and workspace for its support team and future grantees. 

The Haile and Johnson foundations started People's Liberty as an experiment.  Eric Avner is CEO of People's Liberty, and vice president of the Haile Foundation.  He says the plan is to assist individuals who have ideas that could transform Cincinnati. 

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