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Dr. Robin Ganzert is the president and CEO of the American Humane Association, which works to protect animals and children from abuse and harm. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the ALS Association, and on the advisory board for the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now.

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This week the Cincinnati community reacted to the second mistrial in the case against Ray Tensing, and waits to hear if he will be put on trial a third time. And the Ohio legislature passed a $65 billion state budget. Governor John Kasich has until midnight Friday to sign the budget and make any vetoes.

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The Republican party divides over the senate's version of a healthcare bill, the White House bans cameras and recording devices from press briefings, Democrats go 0 - 4 in special congressional elections, which is causing division in their party, and President Trump continues his claims about fake news.

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Most of us are familiar with Over-the-Rhine's history but what's below the surface? Cincinnati's underground beer tunnels, crypts and even privies have secrets to tell. The Over-the-Rhine Museum presents "Under-the-Rhine: Tales of Beer, Bones and Bathrooms." It's the latest installment in the lecture series "Three Acts in Over-the-Rhine," with expert speakers dedicated to preserving the neighborhood's history and heritage.

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As Ohio Goes is a familiar phrase, especially during election season. The Buckeye State has voted for the winner in every presidential election but two. That prompted author Rana Khoury, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Northwestern University, to ask the question, if the nation follows Ohio, where is America headed?

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Brightly painted, repurposed newspaper boxes are popping up all over Cincinnati. Inside you won't find papers but non-perishable items for anyone in need. Lisa Andrews started her first tiny food bank called the "People's Pantry Cincy" in Pleasant Ridge. With a grant from People's Liberty, Andrews is branching out to 10 local neighborhoods, including Walnut Hills. The recent closing of Kroger has created a food desert in that community.

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Many people in greater Cincinnati rely on public transit to get to work every day. But a University of Cincinnati study finds 75,000 jobs in our region are not easily accessible by Metro bus service, which is facing a $31.3 million deficit next year. 

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For the past five years volunteers with the Go Baby Go program have been adapting motorized toy cars to help toddlers with mobility challenges get moving.

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This week, Cincinnati Council approved a city budget totaling nearly $1.6 billon for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board voted to put a tax levy on next year's ballot. Funeral services for Otto Warmbier were held yesterday and the jury in the Tensing trial is still in deliberation.

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Yesterday was the official start of summer, and we are already experiencing our typical summer weather pattern of hot, humid days and frequent heavy rainstorms. 

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Northern Kentucky organizations are partnering in projects to spark creativity, develop community and help local residents make home repairs and grow more of their own food. The Center for Great Neighborhoods awarded a grant to the digital branch of the Kenton County Public Library to create FORGE, a maker space and mini-library. The Center, Kenton County Public Library and Wolf Tree Farms are working together to offer free tool rentals to area residents for home improvement and gardening. 

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Foster children aging out of Hamilton County’s child welfare system cost almost eighteen million dollars in social expenses and lost productivity each year. Teens who suddenly find themselves on their own face challenges in transitioning to adults. A local mentoring program is one of several interventions that can have a positive impact on young people while helping to reduce those costs.

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media have transformed how we communicate. From personal relationships to professional interactions, social media has had a dramatic impact on virtually every facet of society, including the law. A new book, "Social Media in a Nutshell," written by University of Dayton School of Law Professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister and University of Texas Social Media Law Professor Ryan Garcia, shows the wide-ranging influence social media has on criminal investigations, jury selection and other aspects of our legal system. 

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The newly opened Epicurean Mercantile Co. is finally meeting the need for an after-hours grocery across from Findlay Market. But there's also a need for more retail to fill a number of vacant buildings surrounding the historic market. Local developers and entrepreneurs are working to transform the area into a new Findlay Market District

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After making partner at an accounting firm at the age of 32, Amy Vetter says she had an inner crisis on whether that was the right career path for her. Turning to yoga, she began exploring her values and creativity to reshape her outlook on work and life.

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