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Cincinnati Parks
12:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Donation will create rose garden and tree grove at Smale Riverfront Park

Several generations of the Gardner family gather to announce the rose garden and tree grove to honor Jim and Joan Gardner.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Gardner Family Foundation is donating $2.3 million to develop a portion of Smale Riverfront Park. The money will be used to create a rose garden and nearly two acre tree grove.

Peggy Johns says the Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden is a tribute to her late father Jim.

"My father loved Cincinnati," says Johns. "Roses were a passion for him all his life. My grandfather Gardner was a prize rose grower... and my dad learned how to take care of the roses growing up, that was his chore."

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REAL ID Act
12:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Kentucky working to comply with ID law

Kentucky is one of nearly a dozen states currently not in compliance with the 2005 “REAL ID” Act.  The law is meant to standardize security procedures for issuing driver’s licenses across the country.   Lisa Tolliver with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the state was at an early disadvantage.  She says the REAL ID law was designed for states with what she calls a “traditional DMV” setup, something Kentucky doesn’t have:

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

With the 2016 GOP national convention coming to Cleveland, could they end up nominating an Ohioan for president or vice president? Both Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich are being talked about as possible contenders. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked about it this morning with Jay Hanselman.

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Politics
12:00 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Could Portman or Kasich be the nominee at the Cleveland convention?

Ok, so Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Hooray for you, Republicans in Cincinnati say wearily, after trying and failing to win the big prize for the Queen City.

Now, the question is, who will come out of that convention at the Quicken Loans Arena as the GOP nominees for president and vice president?

There is a possibility – slim, at this point, but a possibility – that the first presidential nominating convention to be held in Ohio in 80 years will nominate an Ohioan, either for president or vice president.

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IAFF convention
1:56 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

IAFF gathering part of busy convention month for Cincinnati

IAFF President Harold Schaitberger says delegates will be discussing many issues when they meet in Cincinnati next week.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

Thousands of firefighters are converging on Cincinnati for the 52nd biennial convention of the International Association of Firefighters, which starts Monday.  During a press conference Friday to welcome them, Convention and Visitors Bureau Chair Delores Hargrove-Young said the IAFF will  have an economic impact of more than $2 million for the region, and is part of a  busy month for the city's convention business:

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