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About a month ago, David Pepper, the Ohio Democratic Party chairman, was more than a bit concerned.

Back then, he had no announced candidates for Ohio governor in 2018, while some rather well-known and well-funded Republicans were gearing up for a fight.

"The time to start organizing campaigns is now,'' Pepper told WVXU in February. "There is no time for exploratory committees and thinking about it. It is time to get on with it."

Well, ask and ye shall receive.

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Toyota is donating its Erlanger Engineering Laboratory Building to create a STEAM-focused education center. During Friday’s announcement, Kentucky's Education Secretary said the state is giving Boone County Schools a nearly $7 million grant to adapt the building into a high school.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says planning is already underway to ensure safety and security for everyone during the upcoming retrial of former UC police officer Ray Tensing.

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Fueled by the heroin crisis, there are now more kids in Hamilton County foster care than in the past two decades.

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost's annual audit of Cincinnati finances found what he says are some major problems in how the Cincinnati Park Board handles its money.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Lots of people filled the Cincinnati City Hall council chamber Wednesday to show support for the Center for Closing the Health Gap.  

One police officer estimated about 150 were at the meeting, and some 50 of them spoke in favor of the group and the work it does.  

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Some Cincinnati Council Members and police officers say the District Five headquarters is small, outdated, and unhealthy. City administrators recommend renovating a nearby facility into a new station.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Cincinnati Council's Major Transportation committee received its monthly update Tuesday on the streetcar.  

Streetcar ridership numbers have not been meeting expected targets, but operating fund finances are exceeding projections.  Through the end of January, that account is $147,730 higher than estimates.

Erin Vonnahme / Miami University

The number of women who edit the popular open-source website Wikipedia is much lower than you might think. A Miami University edit-a-thon seeks to change that by teaching female students and staff how to contribute to the site.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati is getting ready to spend about $40 million this construction season on paving and preventive maintenance for city streets.  

Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore told a committee Tuesday the city finished a complete review of all city routes last year, which included recording video of pavement conditions.

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The covering of a portion Fort Washington Way might be eligible for federal funding. At least, Hamilton County commissioners hope it is.

Cincinnati Police

In a weekend Walnut Hills incident described as an "ambush," domestic violence suspect Damion McRae allegedly pointed his  9mm carbine rifle at Cincinnati Police Officer Ken Grubbs and started shooting. The officer sustained injuries to his abdomen but is expected to survive.

Cincinnati residents could soon find the answers to animal issues on the city's website.  

Animal task force chairman Jim Tomaszewski spoke to city council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

Former state representative Connie Pillich of Montgomery has been laying the groundwork for months and, Monday morning, she made it official – she will be a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor in 2018.

She becomes the third Democrat to announce as a candidate for governor in 2018, joining former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Copley and Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni of Boardman.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about former state representative Connie Pillich jumping into the Democratic race for Ohio governor; and provided an update on where things stand in the Cincinnati mayor's race. 

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