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Author and Institute for the Future Distinguished Fellow Dr. Bob Johansen predicts that leaders will face an increasingly “complex, messy and threatening” future.

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The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), was established in 1948 to control and abate pollution in the Ohio River Basin. ORSANCO sets pollution control standards for industrial and municipal waste water discharges to the Ohio River, and tracks certain dischargers that can seriously impact water quality.

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The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s 2018 Barrows Conservation Lecture Series begins March 7. Since 1993, the zoo has invited naturalists and scientists to speak on wildlife issues and global conservation efforts. As a preview of this year's series, Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard recently talked with each of this year's speakers. For information and tickets to the 2018 Barrows Conservation Lecture Series, click here

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FC Cincinnati's plan to build a new stadium in the West End on the current site of Taft High School's Stargel football stadium worries local residents. Metro finds $8 million as Cincinnati Council rejects Mayor Cranley's SORTA Board nominee. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says the county jail is at a "breaking point" and wants to re-open the jail in Queensgate to relieve overcrowding. And Kentucky lawmakers propose a plan to overhaul the state's public pension system.

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We see it on cable news shows and college campuses, in the workplace and even at family gatherings – what starts out as a simple conversation quickly devolves into a nasty confrontation, with people taking sides and everyone talking and no one listening.

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This has been a week of apology and reflection at Elder High School. When the West Side school played St. Xavier on February 2, Elder's student cheering section hurled racist chants at two players on the opposing team and called St. X fans by a homophobic slur.

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One of the oldest African-American women's organizations is the Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, established in 1904. The women supported their community by establishing daycares, feeding needy families and awarding scholarships. Then in 1925, the founders purchased a 17 room home in Walnut Hills, built by Cincinnati architect Samuel Hanaford, known for Music Hall and City Hall.

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Kenton Keith served for thirty-two years in the U.S. Information Agency and Department of State, holding senior positions in public affairs in Brazil, Paris, and Cairo. In Washington, he served as both Deputy Area Director and Area Director for the United States Information Agency's North Africa, Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. He was named U.S. Ambassador to Qatar in 1992 and served in that position for three years. 

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This spring, the Quaker Heritage Center at Wilmington College is holding a series of talks and musical performances to highlight the power of solidarity and resistance among African-Americans, abolitionists, and Quakers. The programs address the complicated dynamics of white and African-American abolitionists who were entangled in systems of privilege and oppression throughout the 19th century.

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The ongoing opioid crisis has caused a dramatic increase in the number of children being removed from their homes due to one or both parents being addicted to drugs. And local agencies are struggling to find individuals and families willing to foster or adopt these children and provide them with the love, safety and stability they need.

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A former University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) professor is accused of sexual misconduct over two decades. Cincinnati City Council members engage in a Twitter dispute. The City Manager wants to delay responsible bidder regulations for city contractors. And Ohio voters are likely to see redistricting on the May ballot after a reform plan passes in the Ohio House.

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Numerous studies show most of us would rather talk about death, politics or religion than talk about financial matters. And it can be an even touchier subject for couples to discuss.

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This has been one of the nastier flu seasons in recent years, leading to an alarming number of sick people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza is widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico, and the flu season hasn’t hit its peak yet.

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The first episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was broadcast on PBS on February 19, 1968. Fifty years later, the program is still being shown on public television stations, to the delight of both children and adults. Though he passed away in 2003, Fred Rogers' philosophy continues to influence children's television today.

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As more police departments implement body cameras there are new questions about whether the footage is public record and how best to ensure transparency and accountability while protecting crime victims.

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The athletes competing at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea have spent years preparing themselves, psychologically as well as physically. Elite athletes experience an intense level of emotional pressure during competitions, must maintain focus during countless hours of training, and be able to let go of setbacks to prepare for the next competition .

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The Cincinnati Neighborhood Games held its first competition in 2016 as a way to bring the city’s 52 neighborhoods together for fun and friendship. The Games featured a variety of events, including hula-hoop endurance, stein holding and chess. And much like the Olympics, participants paraded in with their neighborhood flags for opening and closing ceremonies.

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The first campaign financial filings for 2018 in Ohio show the race for governor is going to expensive. Redistricting discussions in Ohio fall apart. Democrat Aftab Pureval announces his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Steve Chabot. FC Cincinnati looks at the West End as a possible stadium site. And Cincinnati City Council votes to approve a new president for the city's Park Board.

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An increasing number of medical researchers, educators and tech professionals are issuing warnings about the amount of time children and teens spend on smartphones, tablets and computers.

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Cincinnati is an amazing place to live and visit for lots of reasons, according to Wendy Beckman, from architectural masterpieces like Music Hall to limitless local varieties of goetta. In her latest book, “8 Wonders of Cincinnati,” the award-winning author writes about the things that reveal the city’s unique character.

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One of the best ways to get through the cold, gray days of winter is to think about spring. That comes easier for gardeners, who spend January and February planning and preparing their gardens, buying seeds, cleaning and sharpening tools and taking horticulture classes.

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In the summer of 2017, Cincy Stories was on the move. The non-profit, which hosts storytelling events, relocated its "Story Gallery" from the Walnut Hills neighborhood to a new storefront in Price Hill. Over the next few months, Executive Director Shawn Braley and Creative Director Chris Ashwell captured 60 stories from the people living in the neighborhood.

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Dry January, a 31-day break from alcohol, began in Britain and started to gain popularity a few years ago. It is now a government-sponsored public health campaign there. And it has been a steadily growing movement in the United States, as more people here enter the new year with a commitment to swear-off alcohol for the month.

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Adventurer, author and speaker Jeff Alt has been offering humorous life lessons from the trail for two decades. His first book, "A Walk for Sunshine," chronicled his hike along the Appalachian Trail, a journey dedicated to his brother, who has cerebral palsy.

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According to a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, nationwide, there are only 35 affordable homes available for every 100 renters who have incomes no greater than 30 percent of the median income in their area. This shortage of affordable housing exists in every state and major metropolitan area, including Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

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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.

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The federal government shuts down, and then re-opens, at least for another couple of weeks. President Trump and some members of congress accuse the FBI of bias and hint there is evidence of a "secret society" within the agency. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is questioned by the special counsel’s office as the investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election continues. And President Trump is scheduled to make his first State of the Union Address next Tuesday.

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White nationalist Richard Spencer could speak on the University of Cincinnati campus with a proposed date in March.

Many believe Spencer and others like him who engage in provocative or hateful rhetoric should not be allowed to speak on college campuses. The Newseum Institute’s 2017 State of the First Amendment survey found that 43 percent of respondents felt that colleges should have the right to ban controversial campus speakers.

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Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. While its use is down among teenagers, it's on the rise among pregnant women, and among both groups the general perception of marijuana's harmfulness seems to be declining.

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Good timing is often considered an art. But in his latest book, "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing," Daniel Pink shows that timing is a science.

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