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With football officially out of the way, Cincinnatians are counting the minutes until Opening Day.

This week, non-season ticket holders began adding their names to the lottery for All Star Game tickets.

Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini says MLB is in town this week scouting logistics.

Cincinnati's vacant foreclosed property registration program is still showing results.  Nearly 1,500 properties are enrolled; requiring lenders to make sure the properties are maintained.

Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld helped launch the program about three years ago with unanimous support from Council

“You know major banks and lenders need to be held accountable for their property just like any other ordinary citizen,” Sittenfeld said.  “So we have what has already been a very effective set of tools in the toolbox.  We’re adding some new tools to that.”

    

A Northern Kentucky lawmaker plans to re-introduce a bill requiring people with first time impaired driving convictions to install interlock systems in their vehicles.  Representative Dennis Keene of Wilder says the devices test a driver's breath and won't start the engine if they've been drinking.

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A new independent poll shows that, among Ohio voters, Hillary Clinton would easily defeat some of the best-known potential Republican presidential contenders – except for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The Quinnipiac University poll showed a virtual dead heat between the Democratic front-runner and Kasich among registered Ohio voters – 44 percent for Clinton and 43 percent for Kasich.

Ohio is holding a special election today, but the vast majority of voters in southwest Ohio have no reason to go to the polls.

Polling places in Hamilton and Clermont counties won’t open today, because there were no ballot issues filed for today’s election.

In Butler County, there is only one issue on the ballot – an emergency tax levy renewal for the Madison Local School District amounting to 7.07 mills for 10 years.

Warren County, too, has one issue on the ballot – an 8.88 mill, five year renewal for the Franklin City Schools.

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An aluminum tile wall in the Hamilton County Justice Center lobby is falling down and ArtWorks has a plan to fix it.

"It's going to cost us the same amount of money to either remediate that wall and paint it white," says Lisa Webb with the county budget office, "or have ArtWorks come in and put a beautiful mural up on the wall."

Webb says the current decorative aluminum tiles are coming off the wall, creating a public safety hazard.

The Sheriff's office, county officials and ArtWorks will soon begin brainstorming ideas to replace the tiles with a painting.

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Cincinnati is moving ahead with plans to create a new department of Economic Inclusion.  

Council could approve the new department and director position this week.  

City Manager Harry Black announced Monday that Thomas Corey will be filling the position.  Corey comes to the city from Baltimore, where he has been doing similar work for the last 14 years.  

Corey said his first goal is getting Council to approve a minority and female-owned business programs.

A Cincinnati Council committee is delaying a vote on a measure to punish people who do not control their dangerous or vicious dogs.  

The issues will likely be re-considered in two weeks.  

The debate centers on whether the plan includes criminal penalties in addition to fines. The proposal would also target criminals, who in some cases, train dogs to be vicious to protect illegal operations.

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All lanes of northbound I-75 through Cincinnati will be closed several nights this week, as work continues on the Mill Creek Expressway project.  The Interstate will be closed between Mitchell Avenue and the Norwood Lateral, overnights, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, from 11 to 5 am, weather permitting, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. ODOT also says on Thursday night there will be a single lane closed at the Norwood Lateral, starting at 8, with a second lane closed at 11.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning on Ohio Gov. John Kasich - how he angered some Northern Kentucky politicians last week, the state budget he will propose today, and his possible presidential ambitions.

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