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Two teens are killed and 12 others shot at a high school in southwest Kentucky. Mayor John Cranley says he will continue his efforts to remove Cincinnati Park Board Leader Dianne Rosenberg after a judge voids a council vote confirming Cranley's pick to replace her. The Kings Local School District could soon have its first African-American board member. More changes are in store for The Banks. And the world's favorite hippo, Fiona, celebrates her first birthday.


The Banks Steering Committee meets Tuesday to talk about finding a developer for a concert venue.

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Todd Portune wants to see more activity on the Banks. The Hamilton County Commission President doesn't just mean more people and business, but more participation in the development.

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The young man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, has local ties. The attack is spurring national conversation about hate groups, some of which are actively recruiting here in Ohio. Taxpayers have invested more than $135 million into the Banks development. Ten years later, there's still work to be done. All good things come to an end as FC Cincinnati proves in the Open Cup run.


During his career John Deatrick has been involved in dozens of major Cincinnati design, construction and renovation projects, from downtown skywalks and city parking garages to Findlay Market and Lunken Airport. But he is best known as project executive for The Banks and the Cincinnati Streetcar, which have both dramatically changed, and now help define, Cincinnati.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition we discuss the developments behind the headlines. With Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley announcing her candidacy earlier this month, there are now four Democrats and four Republicans running to be the next governor of Ohio. Meanwhile, the current governor, John Kasich, continues his presence on the national political stage. And in Cincinnati, businesses still come and go at The Banks on the riverfront, but for the last two years officials in charge of planning for The Banks have been quiet about the project's future.


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

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Cincinnati, Hamilton County and other partners are working on a plan to make access to the riverfront easier.

The first phase of the plan would spend about $1 million for additional electronic signs on nearby interstates with real time traffic and parking information.

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Another 710 parking spaces are coming to the Cincinnati riverfront with the completion of another piece of the infrastructure for The Banks project. Also included is a one city block extension of Race Street.

Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials gathered Thursday morning to officially cut the ribbon on Phase IIIA. The project cost $29.3 million and was funded with tax increment financing from phases one and two of The Banks. JobsOhio also contributed funds.

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Middletown has become the first and only municipality in the state to submit paperwork for an Outdoor Refreshment Area. 

In April, Ohio lawmakers passed a bill allowing for the creation of Outdoor Refreshment Areas. Municipalities with a population of at least 35,000 can designate areas where open container rules are relaxed.

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The first tenant at the newest phase of the Banks is a popular local waffle chain. Taste of Belgium plans to open next year in a street-level space below the new GE office tower.

Dan McCarthy is project executive for Carter, the developer. He says lease negotiations are underway with more possible tenants, primarily restaurants rather than retail.

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The newest apartment complex at The Banks is now leasing.

"Radius at The Banks" features include high-end wood, granite, and stainless steel finishes, and an outdoor community space with a pool.

The Banks Public Partnership

Officials are breaking ground Tuesday on the latest portion of the Banks project. Phase IIIA is a 690 space parking garage.

One of the first restaurants to open at The Banks has closed. Banks spokeswoman Libby Korosec says Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill closed because the tenant defaulted under its lease.


The Banks on the Cincinnati riverfront broke ground in the spring of 2008. Phase I was completed last year, construction for Phase II is now well underway, and plans are being confirmed for the third phase of the project.