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Cincinnati Water Works officials say they might have to seek a slight rate increase to pay for work to stop the hillside from moving along a portion of Riverside Drive.  

The city has spent just under $10 million so far for a retaining wall. Another $10 million is needed for a second phase.  

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Thirteen-year-old Noura Alaemi couldn't wait to come back to Cincinnati's Kids4Peace Camp for a second straight year. "I have been discriminated [against] in school before and it was really hard for me but... all these kids [at the camp] treat me like family."

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The Cincinnati Zoo has three new ring-tailed lemurs. A single pup was born July 28, followed by twins the next day.

"These are the first ring-tailed lemur births at the Cincinnati Zoo in almost 30 years," says a spokeswoman in a release.

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Officials with Children's Hospital must wait another day to find out if Cincinnati City Council will approve several ordinances needed for a major expansion project.  

The Neighborhoods Committee was supposed to vote on the items Tuesday, but there weren't enough council members present to make decisions.  

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A Cincinnati Council committee did not vote Monday night on a plan that would turn over day to day operations of the Metropolitan Sewer District to a citizen board. Council members want more time.

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Cincinnati will likely move forward with demolishing most of the pedestrian bridge connecting Music Hall and the Town Center Garage. But a City Council majority also wants administrators to work on an immediate plan to replace it.  

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For now, a state crime lab outside of Columbus is testing rape kits collected by the Cincinnati Police Department.  

Until recently that analysis was happening at the Hamilton County crime lab.  

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the state of Cincinnati's mayoral contest between John Cranley and Yvette Simpson, 99 days before the election.  

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The Hilton Netherland Plaza is now looking for another executive chef after Todd Kelly announced he was leaving to take a similar job at Cherokee Towne and Country Club, a private club in Atlanta.

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Ohio is now the fifth state in the nation to allow delivery robots on sidewalks. The Buckeye State joins Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and Idaho where a robot the size of a large cooler can peacefully coexist with the public as it delivers take-out food, groceries, clothes, and more.

That Cincinnati mayoral primary in which the incumbent, John Cranley, lost by 10 percentage points to Council Member Yvette Simpson is now in the rear-view mirror.

Immediately after it was over, Cranley and his campaign vowed to mend their ways and spend more time and effort engaging voters one-on-one and ramping up their grassroots efforts, instead of depending solely on dumping a small fortune into 30-second TV ads which, frankly, many voters tune out as background noise.

Ed. note: Tales from the Trail is a column that will take you behind the scenes of politics to see some of the funny, and sometimes outright bizarre things that happen on the campaign trail, based on Howard Wilkinson's recollections of 43 years of covering politics. 

I cut my teeth as a young reporter on one of the toughest nuts to crack in Ohio political history – the late James A. Rhodes, four-term governor of the Buckeye State.

Cincinnati Music Festival Celebrates 55 Years

Jul 28, 2017
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The Cincinnati Music Festival is returning to Paul Brown Stadium for its 55th annual festival this weekend. The festival began Thursday with a "Throwback Thursday" party on the East Club Lounge in Paul Brown Stadium.

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Cincinnati City Council could vote next week on several ordinances to let a $650 million expansion at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Avondale proceed.

The Neighborhoods Committee held a public hearing on the items Thursday evening in Avondale. Nearly 150 people attended the meeting and some 30 offered testimony.

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The head of the Cincinnati Police union is pulling back from a plan for the Fraternal Order of Police to step away from the table when it comes to refreshing the city's Collaborative Agreement.

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