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Aug 16, 2012

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Cincinnati's new downtown casino is expected to open next spring, and it will begin recruiting for its first positions next week.

Tana Weingartner

Vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan returned to his alma mater Miami University to rally support for the Romney campaign. Several thousand supporters cheered and waved American flags as he jogged to the podium.

The 1992 Miami grad called it good to back on campus.

“I spent a lot of my formative years here. I like my Skyline 5-way, turkey gobblers, cheese fries at Skippers, Bagel and Deli is still here for sure, right? Oh, I also went to school here,” he laughed.

Ohio's Secretary of State says he's leveling the playing field to ensure the Presidential Election in Ohio will be "uniform, accessible for all, fair and secure."

Today during a news conference Jon Husted directed Boards of Election throughout the state to have the same hours leading up to the election. From October 22nd through November 1st the boards will be open until seven each night Monday through Friday. There won't be any Saturday hours.

"All Ohio voters will have the same amount of time--23 days or 225 hours--to vote in person prior to Election Day," said Husted.

The state of Cincinnati Public Schools is good but challenges are expected moving forward. That's the message today from Superintendent Mary Ronan.

CPS is transitioning this year to Ohio's new Common Core standards program.

With students about to head back to classes, the Cincinnati Archdiocese is laying out its vision for the future.

This is the first-ever unified education plan for the 114-school diocese.

Superintendent Jim Rigg says preserving the Catholic identity is a top priority.

The Miami University College Republicans Facebook page says Paul Ryan is coming to his alma mater tomorrow.

Doors open at 3:30 for the 5:30 event on the Miami University Engineering Quad. Parking is at Millet Hall. The Facebook page also has a link for tickets. https://www.facebook.com/MiamiCRs 

Ryan, the newly announced Republican Vice Presidential candidate, graduated from Miami in 1992. 

The Cincinnati Museum Center is being recognized for excellence among museums.

It is now accredited by the American Association of Museums, an honor it says only 4.5 percent of museums nationwide achieve.

The museum had to conduct a year-long self study and pass a site visit. It generally takes three years to complete the process.

The Museum Center earned high marks for its youth programs and annual Learning Through Play conference.

The Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art and the Zoo are also on the accredited list.

Cincy Blues Fest

Thirty-thousand people are expected at this weekend's Cincy Blues Fest. Here's a preview of what you can expect on the 20th anniversary of the event.

Duke Robillard is no stranger to the blues business. For nearly a half century the guitar player has been building his fan base playing in bands like "Roomful of Blues" and "The Fabulous Thunderbirds." He's one of the headliners and will perform tomorrow night at Cincy Blues Fest. Spokeswoman Mary Beth Weaver says no matter when you come this weekend you'll be entertained on four stages at Sawyer Point.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Hamilton County residents have recycled more than 68,000 pounds of e-waste since the May 1 start of a computer and TV recycling program.  The Recycling and Solid Waste District's free drop-off program is open August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CSI/Republic Transfer Station at 10751 Evendale Drive. 

The program won't be open any other Saturday in August, but it is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through October 31, excluding holidays.   There will also be weekend collection times on September 8 and October 13.

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