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11:19 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talks politics with Maryanne Zeleznik. Today's topics: Absentee balloting in Hamilton County and the Republican National Committee site selection committee's visit to Cincinnati Tuesday.

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Cincinnati Zoo
9:26 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Baby giraffe born at Cincinnati Zoo

"What a cutie! Keeper is pretty sure it's a girl, but we'll let you know when that's official."
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The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomed a new female giraffe calf Monday morning.  Just before 4 a.m., Tessa started showing signs of labor and by 7 a.m. the baby started to emerge.  This is Tessa's third calf.

Here's the first video of the Zoo's newest addition:

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50 Historic Buildings
4:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Cincinnati's 50 Historic Buildings vote almost over

Music Hall
Mark Heyne WVXU News

There are just a few days left to cast your vote in the Cincinnati Preservation Association's 50 for 50.  The aim is to pick the top 50 historic buildings and sites that help define the city.  Music Hall, the Museum Center at Union Terminal, and the Roebling Suspension Bridge are just a few of the sites on the list.

The top 50 will be part of CPA's 50th anniversary exhibit this fall at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Local News
12:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Why are absentee ballots fading away?

As of Thursday, early absentee ballots cast in Hamilton County in the May 6 primary were down 80 percent from what they were four years ago.

Democrats say this is explained by the fact that, unlike the May 2010 primary, every voter in the county was not mailed an absentee ballot application by the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

Republicans say it is simply a matter of no big candidate race or ballot issue driving early voters to get their ballots and mail them in – that this is, in fact, a ho-hum election.

The numbers are really striking.

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Local News
11:10 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Cranley: Spend $1.9 million on major bike projects

A Cincy Bike Share rental bike
Credit Howard Wilkinson

Mayor John Cranley wants Cincinnati City Council to approve $1.9 million for five bicycling projects in the city.

The largest amount of money, $1.1 million, would go to kick-start the Cincy Bike Share program, while $200,000 would go toward four other bike trails – Wasson Way, the Oasis Corridor, Mill Creek and the Ohio River Trail West.

“We’re on the cusp of being thought of as one of the country’s most bike friendly cities within the next 10 years,’’ Cranley said this morning at a City Hall press conference, where he was surrounded by advocates for all five projects.

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