Cincinnati Edition

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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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Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear describes how he implemented the state's healthcare exchange in his new book “People Over Politics.” Written with his former speech writer, Dan Hassert, the book also explains why Mr. Beshear supported a state ban on same-sex marriage, his commitment to the coal mining industry and where he agrees and disagrees with current Governor Matt Bevin on tax reform.

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The Wyoming High School graduate imprisoned in North Korea has been in a coma for 15 months. We're following Otto Warmbier's release and his condition. Plus, FC Cincinnati wants a stadium. We'll talk about how much it could cost taxpayers.

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SCORE Cincinnati provides workshops and free business coaching to new and existing businesses. Now the organization is strengthening its focus on female and minority entrepreneurs. 

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Jack Matlock was U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987-1991. During a Foreign Service career that spanned 35 years, he served four tours in Moscow and several years in Washington dealing with Soviet and European affairs. Since retiring, he’s held several academic positions, most recently with Duke University (Rubenstein Fellow, 2015-2017).

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The Lloyd Library & Museum and Meddling with Nature have partnered on an exhibition now at the Lloyd entitled "Off the Page,” which brings the 300-year-old work of botanical illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian back to life. The exhibition features 3-dimensional recreations of Merian’s illustrations, using preserved plant, animal, and insect specimens.

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Many families are planning to celebrate the fourth of July with a bang. While consumer-grade fireworks are available for purchase in our region the laws vary by state. In Ohio it is legal to purchase fireworks but illegal to use them. A new bill would change that.

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A new educational program is coming to Cincinnati called The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.  BISR started in New York City to offer community-based education in the tradition of the liberal arts.  The four-week long courses are open to the public and give participants the opportunity to delve into important social, religious and political issues.

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Longtime sports journalist and Golf Digest digital editor Sam Weinman set out to write his new book, "Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains" after seeing how his two young sons struggled with losing.

With interviews and advice from athletes, politicians and others Weinman showcases how our most difficult moments can be turned into powerful growth opportunities.

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