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The nearly 500 Ohioans who came to Tampa this week for the Republican National Convention had hoped they would be celebrating a  victory - having their favorite son, Sen. Rob Portman of Cincinnati - in the second spot on the GOP ticket.

But it was not to be.

And. despite their disappointment, the 66 delegates, 63 alternates and several hundred Ohio guests here are taking it well; and vowing they will let bygones by bygones when it comes to going back home to work for the ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman chosen over Portman.

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Each morning this week Howard Wilkinson will join Maryanne Zeleznik to talk about the Republican National Convention.  Here's today's chat:

The Ohio delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa was to have heard from Mitt Romney's son, Craig this morning, but the middle child of Romney's five sons, Josh is now going to take his place.

Josh is rumored to have his own political ambitions.

With the convention sessions canceled today because of weather conditions, most delegates will be stuck at the hotel; and, at 12:45, they will get an extra treat - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who ran for the GOP nomination and lost, will visit the Ohio delegates.  

Attorneys for the Anna Louise Inn will go before the Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board this afternoon for a second time. The board issued a favorable report last week. The 103 year old building housing low-income women is in need of renovation and attorney Tim Burke is trying a new tactic.

"Now we're asking the city to approve the entire Anna Louise Inn as a conditional use or a special assistance shelter but the uses won't change."

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This Wednesday Cincinnati State and Technical College will open a Middletown Campus.  Director Michael Chikeleze says the new campus will have nearly 200 new students when it opens this week.  Students will also be able to take classes at the Main Campus in Cincinnati as well as online. It will be the only Community and Technical College in Butler County.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is part of a national effort to create a kind of mini-patient to test drugs.  Each partner is concentrating on creating a different part of the human body.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's are in the process of making what's called an organoid. An organoid is a structure that resembles an organ. This one mimics the stomach and intestine.

Ohio's delegation to the Republican National Convention - set to begin Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa - is already gathering in the city on the bay, hoping for a convention that will give its presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, a bounce in the polls.


They're also hoping to stave off disaster - natural disaster, in this case, which is entirely possible given the fact that Tropical Storm Isaac could be at hurricane status by the time it passes by the Tampa Bay area in the Gulf of Mexico, probably on Monday.

ZEROlandfill Cincinnati is back for a fifth year. The recycling initiative makes design samples and materials available to artists, teachers, students, or anyone who's interested.

The group says the goal is to divert waste from area landfills and promote material re-purposing. It says more than 130,000 pounds of waste has been diverted over the past four years.

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University of Cincinnati classes begin Monday. Friday, interim President Santa Ono greeted the incoming first year class during Convocation.

Ono takes the helm from Gregory Williams who resigned suddenly Tuesday. Ono says the transition will be pretty seamless.

“Gregory Williams and I were very, very strong partners. We were a team. We wrote and created the academic master plan together. I intend to continue to support that. We’ve worked very hard and we will continue the momentum with that academic master plan, ‘UC 2019,”’ he says.

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Supporters say they hope an event Saturday morning on the city's riverfront will help promote a healthy, active lifestyle. 

Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld is partnering with city departments, businesses and non-profits for “Let’s Move, Cincinnati.”

It's part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative designed to fight the growing problem of childhood obesity.

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Georgetown will dedicate a statue Saturday honoring Ulysses S. Grant, who spent part of his childhood in the village about 50 miles east of Cincinnati.

Village officials and historians worked for several years on getting a statue to honor Grant.  It’s located in the downtown area next to the historic Brown County Courthouse.

Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, in 1822 and his family moved to Georgetown about a year after we was born.  He lived there until age 17 when he left for the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The Retirement Maze

Aug 24, 2012

Author Rob Pescale is On the Money with Chris DeSimio to discuss his latest book, The Retirement Maze: What You Should Know Before and After You Retire.

The City of Cincinnati and Progress Ohio are trying to put an incident behind them involving police confiscation of cameras at a Steve Chabot Town Hall meeting in Avondale last year.

Two political activists at the North Avondale Community Center last year wanted to record the Republican Representative and his position on various issues. Cincinnati Police wrongly took their cameras at the instruction of Chabot's staff-members. The City has apologized.

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A current Cincinnati assistant police chief is leaving the department to be the director of security at the new downtown casino.

Horseshoe Cincinnati announced Thursday in a press release Richard Janke will start the new job on Sept. 10th.

“Richard’s law enforcement experience, in-depth understanding of Cincinnati and his commitment to the vitality and safety of downtown makes him a great addition to our team,” said casino General Manager Kevin Kline in a written statement. 

Both the presidential contest between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney and Ohio's U.S. Senate race are dead heats, according to an Ohio Poll released this morning by University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy Research.

Obama holds a 3 percentage point advantage over Romney among likely Ohio voters, 49 percent to 46 percent - within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.

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Dayton may have been passed over to receive a space shuttle but the National Museum of the United States Air Force now has the next best thing. For more than 30 years Crew Compartment Trainer One was used to teach astronauts how to fly orbiters and operate equipment in space. Astronaut Greg Johnson was on hand Wednesday as CCT-1 arrived on the NASA Super Guppy aircraft. Johnson says he spent almost more time in the trainer than in actual space.

A number of people close to Tall Stacks have indicated the music, arts and heritage festival has been cancelled. It had been scheduled for October of 2013.

Sources tell WVXU  the World Choir Games took much of the city's available funding, and the stagnant economy has made it difficult to get corporate sponsors. Tall Stacks Chairman Fred Craig is out of the country and could not be reached for comment.

Kearney proposes debit cards for tax refunds

Aug 22, 2012
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A state senator from Cincinnati is introducing a bill that would let taxpayers get their income tax refund on a prepaid debit card. 

Sen. Eric Kearney said the state needs to adjust to the marketplace.

“This prepaid debit card program will benefit those citizens that do not have a bank account for direct deposit, or for those who wish to avoid the hassle with paper checks and check cashing fees,” Kearney said in a statement.  “They will also be able to use their prepaid debit cards in stores, online, over the phone, or anywhere that accepts debit cards.”

Add Hamilton County to the list of places in Ohio which have identified human cases of the West Nile Virus.

Hamilton County reports two cases coming from the western side of town. That brings the number of Ohio cases to eleven.

Hamilton County Commissioners are navigating the budget process for next year. No decisions have been made but they're already responding to comments from outgoing Sheriff Simon Leis that they plan to gut his department.

Leis threatens proposed cuts would mean laying off employees and reducing space at the overcrowded county jail.

Commissioner Chris Monzel says public safety is a top priority.

Home sales in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are up this July compared to the same time last year. In a release, the Cincinnati Area board of Realtors says sales were up more than 13 percent from July 2011 and the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors show a seven percent increase for the same time period. This is the 13th consecutive month where home sales increased on a month to month comparison in Cincinnati.

For many Tri-State students today was the first day of school.

Thirty-three thousand kids in the Cincinnati Public School District returned to class. Highlights include four new or renovated buildings.  Western Hills High School is now a 7-12 school. Next year CPS will convert all its high schools to the 7-12 model.

Here are some pictures of kids in the Forest Hills School District, Anderson Township. Please post your first day  pictures on the WVXU Facebook page.

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University of Cincinnati president Gregory Williams is resigning. The announcement comes less than a week before classes begin.

In a statement, the university says Williams is resigning because of personal reasons.

UC's Board of Trustees met for several hours Tuesday. Provost Santa Ono will fill the position in the interim.

There’s no word yet on what will happen to the two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections who faced a hearing at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office this morning. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has the latest in the fight to get in person, early voting on the weekends.

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Hamilton County Commissioners are considering a proposal that would cover the projected 2013 deficit in the stadium fund.

Howard Wilkinson talks about Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's decision on voting hours, Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice Presidential nominee and the Republican Convention which begins in a week.
 

The University of Cincinnati and its academic partners are part a new national collaboration to better understand and treat brain injuries.

One Mind for Research  , a non-profit organization based in Seattle, hopes to develop a scientific roadmap for curing brain disease within 10 years. UC and its affiliated institutions have been named one of eight U.S. academic partners.

Classes begin Monday for students at Northern Kentucky University. Today the president had a message for the people who will teach them.

Nearly four months to the minute after being named president, Geoffrey Mearns stood before faculty and administrators at today's convocation and looked forward. His mission is not without challenges.

State funding is down and Mearns says for-profit online institutions, with increasingly aggressive recruiting tactics, are posing a major threat.

Online encyclopedia Ohio History Central

Supporters say it's a boost to job creation in Ohio. Critics went to court, saying JobsOhio is an unaccountable private group with access to taxpayer dollars. Lower courts dismissed the case brought by Progress Ohio and two Democratic lawmakers. Now a limited-government legal center has sided with them, saying the enforceability of the state's constitution is at stake. WVXU's Mark Heyne and Ann Thompson look at the controversy surrounding JobsOhio.

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The Reds are retiring Barry Larkin's uniform number a week from tomorrow and leading up to that they've launched a series of celebrations called the "11 Days of Larkin."

The National Hall of Famer's #11 will be retired August 25th. The events that day will feature a block party at The Banks starting at 1 p.m. and a post-game performance by Larkin's daughter Cymber, who's an international recording artist.

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