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Last June, you might have read a short story about it in the local newspaper, heard a snippet on the radio, or vaguely recognized a face that flashed on a TV screen.

Mr. Golden, the streetcar mascot, looks on from behind.
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Angie Jolevski brought some of her Rapid Run Middle School students downtown Friday with plans to visit the Banks and Findlay Market. As Jolevski got on board the streetcar to make the trip north, she found herself surrounded with balloons, confetti, music and mascots, and Metro recognizing her as the streetcar's one millionth rider.

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The University of Cincinnati marks its bicentennial in 2019 and celebratory planning is already underway.

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Teachers from across Kentucky are expected to converge on the state Capitol again Friday as lawmakers return to Frankfort for the final two days of this year’s legislative session.

The Kentucky Education Association — the statewide teachers union — has called for lawmakers to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes of the two-year state budget and revenue bills, which set aside more funding for public education than Bevin’s proposed budget did.

We are proud to present the local acts that have participated in this year's Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music.

These videos and their music continue to represent a wide variety of styles and genres and showcase the diversity and talent of our region. Please take a look at the videos below (listed alphabetically by artist) and, if you like what you see and hear, vote for them as your favorite. The local winner will be announced May 3.

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Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigns amid an FBI investigation. Cincinnati City Council's plan to investigate City Manager Harry Black draws the city into a lawsuit. Over continued objections from many West End residents, it looks as if that neighborhood will be the home of FC Cincinnati's new soccer stadium. And the Rev. Jesse Jackson brings his call to boycott The Kroger Co. to its corporate doorstep, and raises his objections to the West End stadium location.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Issac is launching an internal investigation and a 911 dispatcher is on administrative leave following the death of 16-year-old Kyle Plush, a Seven Hills student.

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Northern Kentucky University students and faculty are calling on the governor and the legislature to restore higher education funding.

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New signage, vegetation and lighting are greeting birds and visitors alike at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's renovated Wings of the World exhibit. The bird house reopens Saturday after a six-month renovation.

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Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week returns the week of April 16 - 22, with more than 40 area restaurants offering $25 and $35 three-course prix fixe menus. 

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Kentucky lawmakers will consider whether to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes of the state budget and revenue bills and whether to pass any other last-minute bills during the final two days of this year’s legislative session on Friday and Saturday.

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91.7 WVXU is starting a morning email to provide you with a roundup of the news you need to start your day.

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Cincinnati's annual infant mortality report indicates Hamilton County rates continue to improve, but still remain high.

Entrepreneur Megan Smith Talks The Future Of Tech

Apr 12, 2018
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Award-winning tech entrepreneur, engineer and evangelist Megan Smith served as the chief technology officer of the United States under President Barack Obama for three years. She was the first female to serve in that role. Prior to that, Smith was a vice president of new business development at Google. Today, she's CEO of Shift7, and continues her efforts to get people to understand that technology is the key to the future, and attract young people to careers in technology and engineering.

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Watching a child feel miserable due to a bad cold or the flu can be hard for a parent. When an illness is serious enough that a child has to be admitted to the hospital, family stress and concern reaches all new levels. Each year in Greater Cincinnati, hundreds of babies and children require the additional medical attention provided by hospital pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.

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Opponents of a professional soccer stadium in the West End say they're not giving up the fight. Many gathered outside Taft I.T. High School Wednesday night to reiterate their stance, a day after the project took a step closer to reality.

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Hundreds of current and past employees got a sneak peak Wednesday of "A Tale of Frisch's Big Boy" inside the original Frisch's Big Boy restaurant in Fairfax, which opened in 1939. The new museum, one section of the Mainliner, will open to the public Thursday.

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A day after Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill overhauling retirement benefits for public workers, Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a lawsuit to try and block it.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune will have his left leg amputated to rid his body of cancer.

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Taft IT High School is launching what Cincinnati Public Schools believes is the first-in-the-country cybersecurity certificate program.

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A high school English teacher is Cincinnati's new poet laureate, pending confirmation by Cincinnati City Council. Manuel Iris is a teacher, coach and the Coordinator of Hispanic Outreach at DePaul Cristo Rey.

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This February, Dion Brown became the new president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Mr. Brown, who was the founding executive director of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, comes to Cincinnati at a good time in the Freedom Center's 14-year history.

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Cincinnati Compass is a collaborative project of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the City of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, and other local organizations and investors that believe immigrants are key contributors to a strong regional economy and a diverse, vibrant community. Its goal is to make our region the most immigrant friendly in the nation.

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Carolyn Jones calls Tuesday night's vote "bittersweet."  The president of the Cincinnati Public School board says they feel like they made the right decision in accepting a deal that will build a soccer-specific stadium in the West End. Jones says board members are also aware of the opposition to the deal.

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Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover has admitted that he violated state ethics rules by exchanging sexually charged text messages with a legislative staffer who used to work for him.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson is leading a national boycott of Cincinnati-based Kroger following the company's decision to close two stores in predominantly black Memphis neighborhoods and a third in Clarksdale, Miss. He elaborated on the boycott Tuesday while standing outside the former Walnut Hills Kroger, which was closed last year when the University Plaza Kroger opened in Corryville.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data.

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Early voting kicked off for the May 8 primary elections Tuesday in Ohio and Indiana.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data.

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Gov. Matt Bevin says it would be “irresponsible” for teachers in Kentucky to strike a week after thousands of educators descended on Frankfort to protest pension and education cuts.

Though state law doesn’t allow teachers to strike in Kentucky, the Jefferson County Teachers Association has called for educators to take a personal day on Friday to protest Bevin’s vetoes to the budget and tax reform bills passed by the legislature.

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