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In a crowded cafeteria at Shroder High School in Madisonville students line up at a vending machine where they can get a "grab and go" breakfast. Others are in line for a hot burrito and a piece of fruit.

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Dayton mayor Nan Whaley delivered her state of the city address Wednesday. She said Dayton can be a vibrant city, but getting there demands more than just talk.

"Our vision of a thriving, vibrant city can’t just be about talk," Whaley said. "It must be about action and results."

Whaley said the city is seeing results. She cited the May renewal of the city's income tax as a success in keeping Dayton on solid financial ground.

Crime is also down three percent, according to numbers from Dayton Police.

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Some new bills at the Statehouse would make abortion illegal at earlier stages of pregnancy than the existing law, which bans abortion after around 24 weeks.

And one would also take more money away from Planned Parenthood.

Ohio Right to Life is backing six bills that the group says would reduce the number of abortions in Ohio.  One of those is legislation that would make abortion illegal at 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Republican Representative Kristina Roegner will sponsor that bill in the Ohio House.

Superman Statue comes to Cleveland

Feb 11, 2015
David C. Barnett

A number of famous war heroes and political figures are celebrated in sculpture across Ohio, but one of the state's most famous sons has never had that honor --- until now.  Plans are underway for a statue of Superman.

Like many Clevelanders, sculptor David Deming grew-up knowing that one of the world’s most famous super heroes was the creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster --- a couple of teenagers from the city’s east side in the 1930s.  When he got the assignment to create a statue of the Man of Steel, he wanted it to be a tribute to Siegel and Shuster.


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park


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The U.S. Surgeon General has only been on the job since mid-December, but already he's reaching out to communities across the country.

Among his stops, Vivek Murthy met with community, business and faith leaders in Cincinnati Tuesday to discuss the Affordable Care Act as well as local concerns such as substance abuse - particularly heroin-, mental health, and vaccination rates. Ohio, he notes, has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

What a Westerner found at a North Korean Film Festival

Feb 10, 2015
Pyongyang International Film Festival

Mitch Moxley is a film buff and so when he heard North Korea was holding its biennial film festival, he knew he had to be there.

He paid Koryo Tours about $2,000, plus airfare from Beijing, so he could spend eight days in the Kingdom. And it was quite an adventure.

First, he found himself in a small airport in the capital, Pyongyang.

"As soon as you go through immigration, there's two huge paintings of the Kims," he says, referring to the current leader Kim Jung-Un and his father Kim Jung-Il.

This was a fun show to put together since I enjoyed listening to lots of favorites this morning.  It was hard to narrow down the songs to share for this lovey-dovey edition of The Blues.  But, we'll start off with one of my favorites from back in the day, Leon Russell's "A Song For You," from his self-titled album on Shelter Records.  That's followed by Shemekia Copeland's, "Happy Valentine's Day," Etta James' classic "At Last," and then Leonard Cohen, "I'm Your Man." 

A Cincinnati Council committee will hold a special meeting Wednesday to vote on administrative changes the city manager is seeking to improve customer service.

The Rules and Audit Committee heard about the ordinance Tuesday but delayed taking a vote.

On Monday, City Manager Harry Black issued a memo outlining several organizational changes he wants to make “to increase efficiency, effectiveness and especially customer service.”