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Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil is asking for a $7 million budget increase for 2017. He says the dollars are needed to cover union salary increases and back pay approved by county commissioners, begin a three-year radio replacement, and hire six corporals to help supervise new coverage areas. 

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MRI results show a special collar worn by Cincinnati athletes continues to protect the brain from changes that may occur after a head impact.

The Q-Collar, puts pressure on the jugular vein, increasing blood volume to create a natural bubble wrap around the brain.

There is a reason Ohio is called the bellwether of American presidential politics – a reason why it is watched so closely by the political professionals and the pundits every year.

Ohio is a microcosm of America, except in a few demographic categories, such as the percentage of Hispanic population – 17 percent nationwide, only 3.3 percent in Ohio.

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Covington City Manager Larry Klein says he's sympathetic and concerned about the 1,638 jobs slated to be eliminated at the Fourth Street Internal Revenue Service building in 2019 and the city will do everything it can to help them.

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Many students often hate to take home a bad report card and that is the case now for many Ohio school superintendents including Cincinnati's Mary Ronan.

"600 of the state's 608 districts, ours included, we all dropped in grades on the latest version of the report card," the superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools said. .

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Extra streetcars will be running this weekend as lots of people are expected Downtown for Oktoberfest and several Reds games.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) had planned to only operate two cars late Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday unless the city came up with $20,000 to pay for additional service.

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Duke Energy has submitted a new plan for a pipeline through Hamilton County. The new Central Corridor Pipeline proposal is for a smaller diameter line, with natural gas flowing at a lower pressure.

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Everyone seems to agree that two will not be enough, and four should be on the tracks.  

But Assistant City Manager John Juech said there is a disagreement between the city and Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which is running the system under a contract with Cincinnati.

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Greater Cincinnati Water Works wants to change the way it's replacing lead service lines to some homes and businesses in the city.

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A $15 million gift to the University of Cincinnati's College of Law will allow the expansion of a program designed to free the wrongfully convicted. 

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A majority of Cincinnati council members are supporting a motion aimed at eliminating institutional racism in city government. It calls for the city manager to hire an organization to identify inequitable policies and practices and develop new policies in their place.

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A Cincinnati City Council motion to create a heroin "quick response" team is likely to be passed at Wednesday's council meeting.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with news director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the 2017 Cincinnati city elections - with three open council seats and the mayor, John Cranley, up for re-election. What's at stake for Cranley in this council race, should he win a second term? 

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Robots are increasingly having to protect themselves from people after a rash of destructive incidents.

The behavior can come in the form of a loud screech, a polite request to get out of the way, or shivers, so people will feel sorry for them.

This is the robot with the loud screech, K5, who is currently patrolling malls, parking lots and schools.

Let's all take a breather from Clinton-Trump, Portman-Strickland, et al, for a moment and think about the year 2017.

Specifically, let's think for a moment about the Cincinnati City Council race, where, for the second time since the city charter was changed, nine council members will be elected to four year  terms.

And let's think about the fact that one-third of those seats on city council will be  wide open; and what that might mean for Mayor John Cranley – assuming (and, really, it is way too early to be assuming anything) he is re-elected.

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