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Cincinnati's streetcar is officially up and running. In a flurry of confetti Friday morning in front of Music Hall, officials declared the Cincinnati Bell Connector open for business.

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More than a thousand local school kids gathered outside the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Friday afternoon to participate in a nationwide singing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Howard Wilkinson

Cincinnati Council member Kevin Flynn said Wednesday that he won't run for a second term on city council next year, but Thursday, he left the door open just a bit to a possible return in the future.

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It has been a long time coming, but the Cincinnati streetcar will officially begin carrying passengers Friday.

There have been many ups and downs for the streetcar project.  After years of planning, a three to four week work stoppage in 2013 that nearly killed it and months of construction, the system is ready to go.

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The city's new soccer team is this year's Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Grand Marshall. Team members and Head Coach John Harkes will lead what's billed as the world's largest chicken dance.

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Cincinnati Councilman Kevin Flynn will not seek re-election next year, but will serve the remainder of his term.

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Hamilton County law enforcement officials are trying something new to curb the recent spike in heroin overdoses. 

Prosecutor Joe Deters and other county officials Wednesday asked a judge to grant immunity for people who turn the drug in to police.

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Update 09/08/16 3:05 p.m.: Council members approved the raises Thursday by a 7-2 vote. Council members David Mann and Amy Murray were the two dissenting votes.

Original Post: The full Cincinnati Council is likely to vote Thursday on a couple proposals giving four to five percent pay raises to all city workers.  The increases would apply to union and non-union workers, except for department heads.  

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The committee in charge of overseeing the Union Terminal restoration is getting a better idea of what changes will be made to the interior layout.

Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan of the Hamilton County Drug Coalition task force is asking for you to get involved in fighting the heroin epidemic. He's calling it a public health crises.   

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There have been a few changes made to traffic patterns in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown to accommodate the streetcar. The changes come before the Cincinnati Bell Connector starts running with passengers Friday. Construction Engagement Manager Ursula Miller says the changes include streetcar-only lanes and signals.

Howard Wilkinson

Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, told thousands of union workers at Coney Island Monday that this is a strange election, but one where they must work to make his wife, Hillary Clinton, the 45th president.

"She never got anything done in Washington- as First Lady, as senator, as Secretary of State – without the strong support from Democrats and Republicans,'' Clinton told the crowd at the annual Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council picnic.

There are those who are ready to stick a fork in the U.S. Senate campaign of former Ohio governor Ted Strickland and declare him done.

Strickland, of course, is not among them.

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Cincinnati's mayor and several council members are proposing a plan to create a heroin quick response team, much like those already in Colerain and Norwood.

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Days before this year's Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks people were marking their spots. Four tarps were taped to the grass in Newport on a hill facing the Purple People Bridge.

Friday and Saturday boats start lining up for the event and early Sunday people will lay their blankets out on the Serpentine Wall in Cincinnati.

Typically 500,000 people come to watch the fireworks Sunday night, so workers on both sides of the Ohio River were busy setting up.

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