Entertainment
12:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Penguin gets first glance of herself on ArtWorks mural

Paula standing before a 25-foot tall version of herself.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Paula the penguin took a trip outside the Newport Aquarium Thursday to check herself out. The African black-foot penguin seemed only mildly impressed by the 25 foot tall version of herself painted on the north exterior wall of the Aquarium. The artists and young artist apprentices working on the mural, however, enjoyed seeing how their work turned out.

ArtWorks Cincinnati is in the midst of producing a "Shark Wall" mural for Newport Aquarium as part of the aquarium’s 15-year anniversary. When complete it will feature a 35-foot long sand tiger shark along with other marine life.

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Politics Take a Holiday
11:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Capitol Steps take over Friday's Cincinnati Edition time for a political BBQ!

FRIDAY, JULY 4 - 1:00PM

Join The Capitol Steps as they skewer all things political on the Fourth of July Edition of Politics Takes a Holiday. With musical political satire poking fun at all sides of the issues, it's the one new thing in Washington sure to earn bipartisan support. If you're looking for a fun way to enjoy your Independence Day, you've come to the right place!

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Entertainment
5:15 am
Thu July 3, 2014

It's a party for the USA

Participants in Northside's 2013 Fourth of July parade.
Credit Holly Yurchison / WVXU

With July 4 falling on a Friday this year, local communities are celebrating our nation's birthday all weekend long.

Fireworks displays, concerts, parades and festivals are planned across Greater Cincinnati.

The celebrations begin on Fountain Square Thursday night with a 10 o'clock fireworks show. More fireworks are planned in Washington Park on the 5th.

On Saturday, the Cincinnati Park Board is honoring veterans with a parade and festival at Sawyer Point.

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Independence Day travel
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

AAA says optimistic Americans fueling Fourth of July travel numbers

AAA projects air travel will be up 1 percent nationally, 2.5 percent in Ohio, for the July Fourth holiday travel period.
Michael Keating

If you're packed and ready to take a trip for the Fourth of July, you'll be in good company.  AAA projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the holiday weekend.  AAA Corporate Public Affairs Manager Cheryl Parker says that's a 1.9 percent increase from last year and a 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day travel period.

"The majority of travelers, as we've see in in the past, will be traveling by road--8 out of 10-- 34.8  million Americans traveling by automobile," says Parker.  "This is the highest number of travelers since 2007."

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Ohio budget surplus
5:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Ohio posts surplus for first half of two-year budget

The state ended the first half of the two-year budget in the black – in a big way. State budget director Tim Keen says the fiscal year ended with an $800 million surplus:

"We were able to close the year with tax receipts coming in modestly above estimate, about one percent above estimate; and spending, led by Medicaid spending, below the appropriated levels."

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Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Cincinnati Edition - 513-419-7100
4:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Do you need a financial adviser? How do you choose one? What do all those abbreviations mean?

  Do you need a financial planner or advisor? The answer is a resounding maybe. Everyone's situation is different, but there are stages in life when it could be beneficial to have a professional help you with your finances. Then you have to do your homework, learn how planners make their money, how they are regulated, and what all those letters after their names -CPA, CFP, CLU, or CFA - mean.

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Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban
4:57 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kentucky a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage

A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a decision that could pave the way for same-sex couples to get married in the state.

Federal Judge John Heyburn ruled Tuesday that the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause, calling the state’s counter argument that gay couples can’t contribute to the state’s economic well being because they can’t procreate “illogical” and “bewildering.”

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