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Attorney Al Gerhardstein calls the lawsuit against an African-American police lieutenant by two white officers "the most outrageous lawsuit I have ever seen." Hamilton County commissioners raise the sales tax. Now a petition effort is underway to force the measure to a vote. A controversial "Stand Your Ground" bill is expected to go to a vote next week.

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A group of campers and artists want to make neighbors with the wildlife in one of Cincinnati's oldest parks. Two proposals would change part of the 90-acres inside Clifton's Burnet Woods.

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Alexander Graham Bell invented not only the telephone, but also early versions of the phonograph, the metal detector, airplanes, and hydrofoil boats. Bell was also a pioneering speech teacher and a champion of educating those with hearing impairments.   

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A high school diploma is a necessary step in a young person's journey to a more secure future. But recent studies show postsecondary education has become increasingly essential, whether that education comes from a two-year or four-year degree, trade school, or a career and technical certificate program.   

The Toys That Made Us Creator Talks Season Two

Jun 19, 2018
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The Netflix series The Toys That Made Us returned with a second season on May 25 after a successful first season featuring some of history's most iconic toy franchises. From the breakout success of Cincinnati-based Kenner Toys' "Star Wars" line, the split-second decisions that launched "He-Man" and the beleaguered path of the "Star Trek" franchise, "The Toys That Made Us" examines the ups, downs and unexpected twists of one of childhood's most beloved pastimes.

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In January, Governor John Kasich signed an executive order establishing DriveOhio as a one-stop shop for researchers, developers and manufacturers to collaborate on autonomous and connected vehicle initiatives in Ohio. This May, Gov. Kasich signed an executive order to authorize autonomous vehicle testing in the state.   

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A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows diseases transmitted through the bites of ticks, mosquitoes and fleas are a "growing public health problem" in the United States, with reported cases of what are called vector-borne diseases more than tripling nationwide since 2004.   

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After a series of public hearings on a proposed spending plan, Cincinnati City Council members will debate how they want to alter the budgets submitted by Acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney and Mayor John Cranley.   

Why You Might See Golf Carts On City Streets

Jun 14, 2018
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There’s a new way to get around downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Adding to the fleet of Uber drivers, bike shares, pedal wagons and the streetcar, you can now hop on a golf cart. Cincinnati City Council voted in May on an ordinance that set up a three-year pilot program for these low-speed vehicles.

How Avondale Improved Its Infant Mortality Rate

Jun 14, 2018
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In 2013, Bethesda Inc.'s grant-making initiative, bi3, awarded a $3.2 million, three-year grant to a first-ever collaboration between Every Child Succeeds, Cincinnati Children’s and TriHealth to tackle infant mortality rates in Hamilton County – one of the highest in the country.   

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It is getting easier to find the resources to launch a business with the help of a number of local incubators that provide seed money and mentoring. But growing a business through second stage development remains a challenge. Now, economic development and business incubator HCDC Inc. has launched an Office of Innovation + Creativity program to help established companies continue to grow.

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The WAVE Foundation is an independent non-profit organization working in partnership with the Newport Aquarium. The mission of WAVE (Welfare of Aquatic Animals through Advocacy Volunteerism and Education) is to excite, engage and educate our community about the wonders of aquatic life and the importance of conservation.   

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Kentucky is now the first state in the country to make joint custody the "legal presumption" in divorce proceedings. The new law, signed by Governor Matt Bevin in April, goes into effect in July and requires judges to grant equal custody in all cases, unless one parent has filed a domestic violence protective order against the other within the last three years.    

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With Ohio's medical marijuana program scheduled to go into effect later this year, questions are being raised about how companies will treat employees and potential employees who use marijuana as medicine. 

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After two months of fighting, the Ohio House elects a new speaker. Seven Greater Cincinnati medical marijuana dispensaries are granted state licenses, but Ohio officials announce the state's program won't be ready by the projected September 8 start date. Cincinnati's 911 center gets a new manager as the system undergoes changes after the tragic death of teen Kyle Plush. Cincinnati teachers say tax breaks are costing schools millions of dollars. And Mayor John Cranley sends his budget to City Council for consideration.   

How Yeast (Yes, Yeast) Shaped Civilization

Jun 7, 2018
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Research shows the ancient Egyptians were using yeast to produce alcoholic beverages and leaven bread over 5,000 years ago. But it wasn't until the invention of the microscope followed by the work of Louis Pasteur in the late 1860s that yeast was identified as a living organism.

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President Lynden Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law in April 1968, the same month the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The bill was a major step forward in the Civil Rights Movement, created with the belief that every person has the right to rent or purchase a home. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, family status or national origin.

But as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, housing discrimination still exists in the United States.

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Planning a funeral is never easy. It usually involves selecting a funeral home, casket and burial site. Many of us put off the planning until it is absolutely necessary. Now, some families are looking for an alternative that may feel more personal and cause less strain on the environment.

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Award-winning columnist for the Detroit Free Press Rochelle Riley speaks at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Thursday. She will also sign copies of her book "The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery."

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On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy won the California Democratic presidential primary. Minutes after giving a victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, he was shot multiple times. The 42-year-old senator from New York and former U.S. Attorney General died the next day.

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Last Monday, we all stopped to recognize Memorial, or Decoration, Day.

In the process of research for his 2001 book, "Race and Reunion," Yale Historian David Blight stumbled into the story of the first Decoration Day, just weeks after the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

Reliving Ronald Reagan's Three Days In Moscow

Jun 4, 2018
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On May 31, 1988, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to an audience at Moscow State University. The speech capped his first visit to the Soviet capital, and the fourth summit between Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

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New information into the death of Kyle Plush is released as his family continues to seek answers. Meanwhile, City Council pushes forward with an independent investigation into why the teen died, despite his two calls to 911 for help. Major League Soccer finally awards a franchise to Futbol Club Cincinnati. The team will join the league in 2019 and expects to begin play in their new West End stadium in 2021. And after more than 40 years covering the news in Greater Cincinnati, Local 12 reporter Deb Dixon retires.

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A top North Korean official travels to the United States to help negotiate the on-again, off-again June 12 summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. The president and his critics continue to trade accusations about immigration policies that divide families and separate children from their parents. Missouri's Republican governor resigns over multiple scandals. And as the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia moves forward, President Trump increases his allegations that the FBI infiltrated his campaign, what he calls "Spygate."

You Know Uncle Tom, But Do You Know Josiah?

May 30, 2018
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Most every American is familiar with the famous anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," but few people know about Josiah Henson, the man whose life story inspired author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Enslaved for more than 40 years, Henson eventually escaped to Canada, building a settlement for fellow escapees called Dawn.

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Local attorney Tim Burke is retiring as chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, a position he has held for 24 years. The Hamilton County Democratic Central Committee, made up of precinct executives, will vote on his replacement June 9.

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Have you ever wanted to have more than a few flower beds and a lawn in your yard? Would you like to grow more of your own food to have ready access to fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables but didn't think you had the space, or just didn't know where to begin?

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Note: This show originally aired on May 1, 2018

The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation works to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region and ignites a shared desire to improve it.

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We may find out next week if Futbol Club Cincinnati will win its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. But what will a new soccer stadium actually cost Cincinnati taxpayers, and how will it affect the West End community? Cincinnati City Council Member Christopher Smitherman calls for a return to two-year council terms. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune attends his first commission meeting while continuing rehab from his leg amputation. And possible changes are coming to the Cincinnati streetcar.

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Navigating our complex legal system can be a challenge, even more so for immigrants to this country. Barriers to understanding the legal system can include bridging language gaps and overcoming financial burdens.

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