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On Wednesday's edition of NPR's 1A, rapper Common told host Joshua Johnson about how he first discovered he could rap while in Cincinnati. 

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RefugeeConnect’s mission is to improve the lives of refugees in our region, to foster community acceptance and inclusion, and to construct a sustainable support system for the individuals and families who have made Greater Cincinnati their new home. Its goal is to make Cincinnati the most welcoming city in America for refugees.

One of the most memorable interviews I've done in my career was with a man who was not a politician, but was a spiritual adviser to many occupants of the White House over the years.

Billy Graham, the world's most famous TV evangelist, who has spread his Gospel message to billions on television and in person all over the world since starting his ministry by pitching tents in a Los Angeles parking lot in 1949, is now 99 years old and living in retirement in his mountaintop home near Asheville, North Carolina.

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Homicides in Cincinnati were up nearly 15 percent last year compared to 2016.

But police officials told city council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday that the increase was not nearly as large as some nearby cities.

The number of homicides jumped from 62 to 71, according to Assistant Police Chiefs Paul Neudigate and Mike John. John showed the committee a slide with photos of all 71 homicide victims to make a point that they were not just numbers.

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Amazon is out with a pared down list of the 238 proposals from North American cities and it doesn’t include Cincinnati as a finalist. The winner will be home to the company’s second headquarters in North America.

But now, Mayor John Cranley says the city will submit a bid package for Apple Inc.'s planned new campus, which could create 20,000 jobs. 

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with New Director Maryanne Zeleznik about the life and career of former Cincinnati mayor and congressman Thomas A. Luken, who died Wednesday at the age of 92.

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The City of Cincinnati is implementing an affirmative action policy to promote hiring people who self-identify as having a disability.

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A new approach to reducing childhood poverty is coming to Cincinnati – one that depends on the low-income families themselves to map their own way out of poverty.

Monday morning, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.) was unveiled. The program is credited with helping reduce poverty in six other U.S. cities and it will have an enormous amount of financial resources to serve 500 families in the greater Cincinnati area over the next four years.

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Standing on the banks of the Ohio River, with a barge full of West Virginia coal in the background, President Donald Trump outlined a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

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President Trump will come to Cincinnati's Rivertowne Marina on the banks of the Ohio River Wednesday afternoon for a speech on the nation's inland waterways.

It's the president's first stop on a nationwide campaign to sell the $1 trillion nationwide infrastructure plan he rolled out at the White House Monday.

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Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) Director Cathy Bernardino Bailey started her career at the Water Works in 1992 as a chemist. She is now responsible for more than 600 full-time staff and an operational budget of approximately $32 million.

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders are trying to cut down on litter across both communities.  

That could include creating a countywide collaborative to address it and pooling resources to clean it up.  

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The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency was founded in 1964 to offer services to low-income individuals and families to help lift them out of poverty. 

So, last Monday, just as this year's Cincinnati mayor's race was starting to get interesting, Mayor John Cranley declared Cincinnati to be sanctuary city for immigrants.

So, too, did six of nine members of City Council when they voted Wednesday for Council Member Wendell Young's sanctuary city motion – a group including one Democrat, Yvette Simpson, who is running against the Democrat Cranley in the May 2 primary election.  

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While hundreds of thousands are marching Saturday in the Women's March on Washington, thousands are expected to gather in Cincinnati for a "sister march."

The event's Facebook page shows that well over 4,000 people have signed up to say they will be there for the noon rally in Washington Park and the march to City Hall that will follow.

No one knows if all of those people will actually show up, but local organizer Billie Mays said the committee putting on the event is assuming that they will and preparing for a huge crowd in the Over-the-Rhine park.

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The next time snow falls, it will be a lot easier to see which roads have been plowed and which you should avoid. Cincinnati's new CincyInsights website is up and running. It provides up-to-date information on snow plowing, heroin hot spots, pot holes and more.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stood before several thousand American Legion members at Duke Energy Convention Center Thursday morning and promised that he, as president, would reform the VA medical system.

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Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will speak on back-to-back days at the American Legion's national convention, which begins in Cincinnati later this month.

The convention is being held at the Duke Energy Convention Center Aug. 26 through Sept. 1. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, is expected to address the veterans' organization on Wednesday, Aug. 31, while the Republican candidate, Trump, will make his speech to the group Thursday, Sept. 1.

About 9,000 veterans, family members and guests are expected to attend the convention.

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Donald Trump will hold a public rally with Cincinnati area supporters Wednesday night at the Sharonville Convention Center, following a private fundraising event.

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  The choice for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board Wednesday was simple – go to the voters now for a new sales tax increase to save the financially troubled bus system or go to the voters later.

In a unanimous vote, the board choose "later" – as in 2017.

One resolution before the board would have put a countywide sales tax increase on this November's ballot, but the board chose instead one which said the board "directs staff to take all appropriate actions necessary to prepare for a ballot initiative in 2017."

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Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, will hold a private, high-dollar fundraising event in Cincinnati next Wednesday.

Monday morning, at Cincinnati's Museum Center at Union Terminal, Hillary Clinton and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will take the stage together for the first time in this election cycle.

Now that Clinton is clearly going to win the Democratic presidential nomination, the internet and the media in general have been burning with speculation about who will become Clinton's vice presidential running mate.

The consensus of the political pros and the political media is that there is a short list – and that Warren, the outspoken, liberal senator who has railed against Wall Street – is in the top three.

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Hillary Clinton will campaign in Cincinnati Monday with someone who could become her running mate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warner.

The Clinton Campaign says the Ohio Democratic Party event will take place at the Cincinnati Museum Center at 10:30 AM. Doors open at 8:30 AM.

Members of the public interested in attending this event should RSVP here: http://hrc.io/28Ndfg3.

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Update 06/09/16:   A source said Thursday there will be no public event, because of time restraints on the candidate. 

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will be in Cincinnati Monday for a private fundraising event. 

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Cincinnati has double the population of Dayton, Ohio, yet the cities share similar characteristics and face many of the same challenges and opportunities. WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson joins us as we talk with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley about working together for the benefit of both cities, and their thoughts on the future for what could one day become a combined Cincinnati-Dayton metropolitan area. 

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Vice President Joe Biden will be in Cincinnati Tuesday morning for a high-dollar private fundraiser for former Ohio governor Ted Strickland's U.S. Senate campaign.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Donald J. Trump, locked in a critical battle for Ohio’s 66 Republican delegates in Tuesday’s primary election, will crisscross the state this weekend, including stops for both in Cincinnati.

Thursday morning, Linda Caudill, the Hamilton County chair of Trump’s campaign, said the campaign signed a contract “late last night” with the Duke Energy Convention Center to hold a Sunday rally.

She said she had no details on the rally but said they are expected to be released by the Trump campaign later today. This story will be updated.

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Other than the Steelers, there's one team every Bengals fan loves to hate. Cincinnati squares off against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night in a rivalry that's only grown over the years... especially when former coach Sam Wyche famously chastised a Cincinnati crowd saying, "You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!" Earlier this year WVXU's Tana Weingartner teamed up with Kabir Bhatia at WKSU in Kent to figure out the source of all this intrastate animosity.

Here's an encore presentation of their report:

New Beginnings

Oct 15, 2015

On this episode of Local Exposure, we discuss New Beginnings.

Introduction: A re-evaluation of the 'P-Word'

Part 1: Meet Belinda Cai, the newest contributor to Local Exposure

Part 2: Get a preview of the Cincinnati Cyclones 2015-2016 season  from Kristin Ropp, VP and GM for the Cyclones and US Bank Arena.

Part 3: Belinda speaks with Rachelle Caplan, the head organizer of LadyFest Cincinnati and talks about the schedule of events. Belinda also wrote an article about LadyFest for this week's CityBeat.

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The public event Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton had scheduled for Sept. 10 in Cincinnati has been moved to Columbus, according to a Clinton campaign official.

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