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Classes begin Monday for students at Northern Kentucky University. Today the president had a message for the people who will teach them.

Nearly four months to the minute after being named president, Geoffrey Mearns stood before faculty and administrators at today's convocation and looked forward. His mission is not without challenges.

State funding is down and Mearns says for-profit online institutions, with increasingly aggressive recruiting tactics, are posing a major threat.

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Supporters say it's a boost to job creation in Ohio. Critics went to court, saying JobsOhio is an unaccountable private group with access to taxpayer dollars. Lower courts dismissed the case brought by Progress Ohio and two Democratic lawmakers. Now a limited-government legal center has sided with them, saying the enforceability of the state's constitution is at stake. WVXU's Mark Heyne and Ann Thompson look at the controversy surrounding JobsOhio.

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The Reds are retiring Barry Larkin's uniform number a week from tomorrow and leading up to that they've launched a series of celebrations called the "11 Days of Larkin."

The National Hall of Famer's #11 will be retired August 25th. The events that day will feature a block party at The Banks starting at 1 p.m. and a post-game performance by Larkin's daughter Cymber, who's an international recording artist.

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In politics, as in most human endeavors, a compromise solution that leaves both sides less than ecstatically happy is probably the right solution.


That may be the case with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s decision this week to set uniform hours for early, in-person voting at all of Ohio’s 88 county board of elections.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich - who has been no stranger to controversy in his year and a half in office - seems to be gaining popularity with voters, according to a new poll released this week.

Public Policy Polling, a North Carolina Democrat polling firm, released a poll of Ohio voters Wednesday showing that 41 percent approve of Kasich's job performance, while another 41 percent disapprove.

Hundreds of Hamilton County Democrats want a federal court to intervene forcing the Board of Elections to have Saturday hours for the month leading up to the presidential election.

The overflow crowd at a Hamilton County Board of Elections meeting extended out into the hallway as Democrats clamored for something to be done. They say Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's directive didn't go far enough without Saturday hours for early voting.

Board Democrat Caleb Faux got right to the point.

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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.

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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.

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