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After two months of fighting, the Ohio House elects a new speaker. Seven Greater Cincinnati medical marijuana dispensaries are granted state licenses, but Ohio officials announce the state's program won't be ready by the projected September 8 start date. Cincinnati's 911 center gets a new manager as the system undergoes changes after the tragic death of teen Kyle Plush. Cincinnati teachers say tax breaks are costing schools millions of dollars. And Mayor John Cranley sends his budget to City Council for consideration.   

New Study Highlights Issues Facing LGBTQ Youth

Jun 7, 2018
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As LGBTQ awareness month gets under way this June, advocates are working to bring light to issues affecting LGBTQ youth. The Human Rights Campaign today released a study in conjunction with the University of Connecticut showing that over 12,000 LGBTQ youth participants -- more than 600 of them from Ohio -- face high levels of stress, bullying, exclusion, sexual harassment and assault. 

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The Cincinnati Zoo is preparing to take visitors to Australia and expand its elephant yard. The zoo announced the multi-million dollar expansion project Thursday morning, complete with a visit from Rocko the wallaby, a native Australian marsupial.

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Waddell Falland, who recorded on King Records, passed away May 29, according to Walker Funeral Home. He along with Jimmy Railey were both members of The Solars, Bobby and the Expressions and The Famous Flames.  

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It's true our headline is ripped from a song title in the musical-turned-movie "Carousel," but it also is a fitting description of this weekend's happenings. 

How Yeast (Yes, Yeast) Shaped Civilization

Jun 7, 2018
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Research shows the ancient Egyptians were using yeast to produce alcoholic beverages and leaven bread over 5,000 years ago. But it wasn't until the invention of the microscope followed by the work of Louis Pasteur in the late 1860s that yeast was identified as a living organism.

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President Lynden Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law in April 1968, the same month the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The bill was a major step forward in the Civil Rights Movement, created with the belief that every person has the right to rent or purchase a home. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status or national origin.

But as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, housing discrimination still exists in the United States.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has sent the budget to City Council for its consideration and approval.

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A new treatment for a rare but aggressive brain cancer like the kind John McCain is fighting is showing positive results.

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The president of the National Rifle Association is speaking at Murray State University the night before one of the state’s largest political events this summer, but organizers of the August 4th Fancy Farm Picnic are unsure if he will make an appearance at their event.

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Many general election contests start out with TV ads that make you feel warm and fuzzy. Bluebirds chirping in the trees. The candidate, rolling around the front yard, playing with the family dog, the grandkids or both.

But not this Ohio Senate race between Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Jim Renacci.

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Planning a funeral is never easy. It usually involves selecting a funeral home, casket and burial site. Many of us put off the planning until it is absolutely necessary. Now, some families are looking for an alternative that may feel more personal and cause less strain on the environment.

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Cincinnati City Council and the Cincinnati Board of Education are getting ready to re-negotiate a 1999 agreement concerning tax abatement policies.

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Hamilton County leaders are pleading with Amtrak to keep the local train station staffed. The rail carrier announced plans to close Cincinnati's ticket window because of declining walk-up sales. Hamilton County's Transportation Improvement District (TID) approved a resolution on Monday calling on Amtrak to reconsider.

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Kentucky's seen more than 600 cases of Hepatitis A and six deaths since November. The Northern Kentucky Health Department has verified only six cases locally, but it's taking steps to make sure a widespread outbreak does not occur in the area.

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A former Cincinnati Public Schools board member is hoping to educate future board members. Elisa Hoffman says there are lots of groups focused on recruiting political candidates, but not many efforts to make people effective once they're in office. Hoffman's created a course she says will fill the gap.

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Cincinnati's acting city manager is changing the manager of the city's emergency communications center (ECC).

ICE Arrests 114 People In Ohio Immigration Raid

Jun 5, 2018
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U.S. immigration agents arrested 114 people at an Ohio landscaping company on Tuesday, in one of the largest such stings in recent years.

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The Ohio State Fair on Tuesday announced country singer Lee Brice as the final addition to its summer concert lineup, which also includes the Beach Boys, Reba McEntire, TLC and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. 

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Award-winning columnist for the Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley speaks at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Thursday. She will also sign copies of her book "The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery."

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U.S. Federal Government

On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy won the California Democratic presidential primary. Minutes after giving a victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, he was shot multiple times. The 42-year-old senator from New York and former U.S. Attorney General died the next day.

Seven medical marijuana dispensaries got the green light Monday, when Ohio's Board of Pharmacy unanimously approved their licenses.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray brought his campaign to Cincinnati and Springfield Monday. In Hamilton County, he met with healthcare professionals and largely focused on reducing infant mortality.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

A couple of Cincinnati council members are again raising the issue of eliminating streetcar fares as the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) says it needs a little more than $4 million for operations during the fiscal year starting July 1.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Wanting to bring outstanding independent music from local and national artists to more music lovers in the Greater Cincinnati community, Cincinnati Public Radio and Urban Artifact are teaming up to bring Radio Artifact to on-air digital subchannel 91.7 WVXU-HD2 starting at noon Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

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Saturday, the Hamilton County Democratic Central Committee will meet at a union hall in Evendale to choose a successor (or successors) to Tim Burke, who is retiring after 24 years as county party chair. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about Burke's departure and what the future of the party may look like. 

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Last Monday, we all stopped to recognize Memorial, or Decoration, Day.

In the process of research for his 2001 book, "Race and Reunion," Yale Historian David Blight stumbled into the story of the first Decoration Day, just weeks after the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

Reliving Ronald Reagan's Three Days In Moscow

Jun 4, 2018
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Reagan Library

On May 31, 1988, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to an audience at Moscow State University. The speech capped his first visit to the Soviet capital, and the fourth summit between Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

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When school is out, children get a long-awaited break from class. But it can also be a long time away from a positive learning environment and a steady meal offered twice daily.

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Five Cincinnati neighborhoods known as Uptown are planning on a lot of economic growth in the coming year -- and they're also looking at the housing needs that will come with that growth. Uptown consists of Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, Mount Auburn and University Heights. A group that promotes the area is looking at residential needs and possibilities, beginning with Avondale. 

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