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Using data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the health news and information site HealthGrove released a study earlier this year that put Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky at the top of a list of states with the most air pollution.

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Cincinnati's unofficial holiday, Opening Day for the Reds, is just one week away. Many fans will no-doubt start celebrating early, but the official festivities begin at noon next Monday with the 97th annual Findlay Market Opening Day Parade, featuring former Reds manager Lou Piniella as grand marshal.

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There was a lot going on in our region this week, on both sides of the Ohio. In Cincinnati, revelations about how the city's parks department managed construction of Smale Riverfront Park have prompted calls for a review of the department's compliance with city purchasing policies. And in Kentucky the 2016 session of the General Assembly is wrapping up its work.

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Academic and social pressures can make  junior high and high school a tough time for teenagers. And during those formative years, teens are also going through physical, mental and emotional changes. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five adolescents ages 13-18 have or will develop a serious mental illness such as depression.

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More than a million people in the United States are living with HIV and one in eight don'’t even know they'’re infected, according to aids.gov. At one time an HIV-positive diagnosis was seen as a death sentence. But thanks to years of research and advances in treatments, someone with HIV today can have a normal lifespan, and life, similar to someone without HIV.

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Many cable companies, including Time Warner, are dropping their analog service for older televisions and going exclusively to digital delivery service. So what's behind the changeover and how will cable subscribers adapt to it? Is this a good time to cut the cord?

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From new amenities to improved access, many arts venues around town are getting major makeovers. Starting in June, Music Hall will be closed for the most detailed renovation in its nearly 140-year history. Memorial Hall closed last May and is currently under renovation. Over-the-Rhine is also getting a new theater on the corner of 12th and Elm streets.

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Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, one of the most recognized charitable organizations in our area, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In addition to providing affordable goods and services, Goodwill gives meaningful employment to thousands of individuals who may have disabilities, including veterans. In 2014, the organization recycled more than 45 million pounds of donated material.

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For many young women, prom is an important part of the high school experience. However, it’'s not usually cheap to attend; girl's’ dresses can cost as much as several hundred dollars. Nonprofit organization Kenzie’'s Closet provides prom attire free of charge to young ladies from accredited high schools. Since its creation in 2006, it’'s dressed almost 3,500 girls for their proms.

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According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASCPA®), almost 3.5 million cats enter animal shelters nationwide each year. Of those, more than a million are euthanized. In Greater Cincinnati shelters, thousands of cats are euthanized annually.

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