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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition, we present an in-depth look at the developments behind the headlines.

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The Creating Healthy Communities Coalition (CHCC) and Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) recently hosted a minority health discussion to figure out the most pressing needs for minorities in the area and how to better serve the health and wellness needs of Cincinnatians. 

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Local soccer fans have reason to celebrate this year, there's a new professional soccer team in town bearing the colors orange, blue and white. 

Ambassador Dennis Ross is the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has served two years as special assistant to President Obama and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For more than twelve years, he negotiated the Middle East peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. 

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Last June in the landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court  held that the right to marry is guaranteed to same sex couples under the Fourteenth Amendment. The lead plaintiff in the case, Cincinnatian Jim Obergefell, and Washington Post investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper have just released a book about the struggle to make same-sex marriage legal.

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Seventy-five percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school and 59 percent have been denied access to restrooms that match their gender identity, according to National Center for Transgender Equality.

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Last month, the Obama Administration instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity. Students who are discriminated against may have a legal basis to fight back with these federal guidelines in place.

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Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor released its new overtime rule, which is expected to make millions of salaried management, administrative and professional employees eligible for overtime pay.

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With the internet, smart devices and social media, kids today have access to more information and opportunities to interact with more people than ever before. And that makes them more vulnerable than ever before to online predators, cyberbullying and  exposure to inappropriate material.

Ohio Governor John Kasich just signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state; an independent review of the University of Cincinnati Police Department and an audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District were both released this week; a new report questions how the city treats tax incentives for developers and expanding companies; and hearings continue on the city budget.

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