Amy Murray - who served as an appointed Cincinnati City Council member in 2011 before losing her seat in that year's election - has become the first non-incumbent Republican to declare her council candidacy.
Murray, of Hyde Park, will kick off her campaign Wednesday with a 7 p.m. gathering at Price Hill Chili at 4920 Glenway Ave.
She first ran for council in 2009, failing to win one of the nine spots on council. But, in January 2011, after then-council member Chris Monzel became a Hamilton County commissioner, Murray was appointed to his council seat.
Officials are working to update the city's sustainability plan called Green Cincinnati.
Environmental Quality Director Larry Falkin said it's the roadmap preparing the city to be environmentally, economically and socially successful in competitions with other cities and parts of the world.
The plan was drafted in 2007 and city council adopted it a year later.
Home sales in Cincinnati ended last year at the highest level since 2007. The Area Board of Realtors says closings were up 12 percent from 2011. December home sales rose more than 5 percent compared to the same month a year ago.
Kenton County officials will be breaking ground Tuesday for an expansion of the county's dispatch center. The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. at the County Police/Dispatch Center, 11777 Madison Pike, Independence.
The county and the city of Covington consolidated their communications centers last fall in a move to save hundreds of thousands of dollars.