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The Cincinnati Police Department's investigation into the death of Kyle Plush fails to provide answers, prompting City Council to call for an independent investigation. Hamilton County leaders consider increasing property taxes, adding a new levy to help fund the county's Children's Services agency. Cincinnati City Council approves a community benefits agreement between FC Cincinnati and the West End, advancing the team's effort to build a new stadium in the neighborhood. And federal agents raid a Findlay Market merchant suspected of committing more than $3 million in food stamp fraud.

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Cincinnati City Council has approved a resolution accepting an amendment to the community benefits agreement for the West End if FC Cincinnati is successful in landing an MLS franchise and builds its stadium in the neighborhood.

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Updated Tuesday, 3:09 p.m.

FC Cincinnati released a statement to clarify the map published on Monday:

"The attached conceptual site diagram is a draft, potential FCC MLS stadium orientation that has been used for planning and discussion purposes with local officials only.  This diagram is part of a fit study to demonstrate how the stadium could orient on the West End site.  There are other possible orientations, configurations, seating capacities and other design specifications that will be evaluated in a full design process, beginning with the formal hiring of architects, which would commence if an MLS team is awarded."

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The physical impact of a soccer stadium on the West End is a little more clear, as Cincinnati waits to hear if the facility will come to fruition. Hamilton County Commissioners were updated on the state of FC Cincinnati's plans to build a stadium, Monday morning.

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The full Cincinnati Council debated the proposal to build an FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End Monday, ultimately passing the deal in a 5-4 vote.

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The Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority is authorizing preliminary terms for financing FC Cincinnati's proposed stadium in the West End.

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Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigns amid an FBI investigation. Cincinnati City Council's plan to investigate City Manager Harry Black draws the city into a lawsuit. Over continued objections from many West End residents, it looks as if that neighborhood will be the home of FC Cincinnati's new soccer stadium. And the Rev. Jesse Jackson brings his call to boycott The Kroger Co. to its corporate doorstep, and raises his objections to the West End stadium location.

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Opponents of a professional soccer stadium in the West End say they're not giving up the fight. Many gathered outside Taft I.T. High School Wednesday night to reiterate their stance, a day after the project took a step closer to reality.

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Carolyn Jones calls Tuesday night's vote "bittersweet."  The president of the Cincinnati Public School board says they feel like they made the right decision in accepting a deal that will build a soccer-specific stadium in the West End. Jones says board members are also aware of the opposition to the deal.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson is leading a national boycott of Cincinnati-based Kroger following the company's decision to close two stores in predominantly black Memphis neighborhoods and a third in Clarksdale, Miss. He elaborated on the boycott Tuesday while standing outside the former Walnut Hills Kroger, which was closed last year when the University Plaza Kroger opened in Corryville.

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Updated: 2:40 p.m.

A tentative deal is in place for FC Cincinnati to build a soccer-specific stadium in the West End, likely bringing the team one step closer to a Major League Soccer franchise, if approved.

Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld announced his support of an FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End, unlocking a key vote for the embattled stadium to move forward in the neighborhood. 

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The dispute between Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry Black continues as he decides whether or not to accept the severance package offered him. A council member accuses the mayor of possible bribery. Why Neo-Nazis have set up shop in our region.

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The future of Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is still up in the air after Mayor John Cranley removes a separation agreement previously reached with Black from Wednesday's City Council agenda. FC Cincinnati says no to building a soccer stadium in the West End, then the Cincinnati Public School board approves a land swap for the site, possibly breathing new life into the deal. And a White House correspondent talks about covering the Trump administration.

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Updated 4:25 p.m.

Cincinnati Public School board members voted Wednesday to approve a stadium deal with FC Cincinnati in the West End. The vote comes despite the team saying last week it is no longer interested. A team spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon that statement was still good.

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Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) board members will vote on a proposal to swap a stadium for land to build a new one. The plan would allow FC Cincinnati to build a new soccer facility where Stargel Stadium currently stands in the West End. The team would then build a new stadium for the school district on land along nearby Ezzard Charles Drive.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley accuses City Manager Harry Black of taking employees to a strip club during a business trip. The deal between FC Cincinnati and the West End appeared dead. Now, CPS kicks the ball back in FC's court. And the City of Cincinnati now pays nearly $50 million in interest on its debts each year.

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Updated: 6:33 p.m.

FC Cincinnati doubled its offer to Cincinnati Public Schools in a proposed land swap to build a new soccer stadium, but the deal may just have fallen through. 

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Oakley, the West End or Newport? Much of FC Cincinnati’s recent focus has been on the West End, and the soccer team just sweetened its proposed deal to CPS for a stadium there. 

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Cincinnati Public Schools has rejected a soccer stadium offer from FC Cincinnati. In a letter Monday evening after a school board meeting, the district's attorney, Daniel Hoying, said the club's proposal doesn't meet the board of education's "legitimate expectations for an agreement."

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FC Cincinnati matches again will air mostly on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) this season again, starting with the opener 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Charleston Battery.

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With overcrowding at the Hamilton County Justice Center soon to reach what Sheriff Jim Neil calls a "breaking point," the county considers a pre-jail diversion program for addicts and those suffering from mental illness. As the city and FC Cincinnati wait for Major League Soccer to make its expansion announcement, discussions continue over the location of a new stadium for the soccer team. And a former Cincinnati employee accuses City Manager Harry Black of threatening her job.

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Updated 7:00 p.m.

A Cincinnati council committee and the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) board say they will not be rushed into making a decision about a proposed FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End.

The two groups that will make a final decision on the stadium location question held a joint meeting Tuesday.

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A Cincinnati Council committee and the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Board are holding a joint meeting Tuesday afternoon and the proposed FC Cincinnati stadium for the West End is on the agenda.

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Updated at 12:52 p.m., Friday

Cincinnati Public School Board members say they are not close to making a decision after hearing more testimony in favor and against an FC Cincinnati stadium proposal. The club proposed building a new stadium for the district on land it would buy in the West End along Ezzard Charles. In exchange, the team would build its own soccer facility where Stargel Stadium currently stands.

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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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If FC Cincinnati gets a Major League Soccer expansion team, and if everything can be worked out with neighbors, the team could build its new home where Stargel Stadium currently sits in the West End. The team would, in exchange, build Cincinnati Public Schools a new stadium.

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FC Cincinnati General Manager Jeff Berding is scheduled to speak to the Cincinnati Public School Board of Education  Monday night, amid concerns from West End residents that a new soccer stadium would interfere with Taft Technology High School's Stargel Stadium.

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Some Cincinnati council members now want an enforceable community benefits agreement to be a part of any city support for an FC Cincinnati stadium.  

That proposal comes as some West End community residents are divided about a plan that could bring the facility to their neighborhood.

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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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Updated at 5:42 p.m. 

Taft High School alumni and West End residents told Cincinnati Public School board members they are concerned about the possibility of a soccer stadium in the neighborhood. FC Cincinnati is looking for a location for a facility as part of its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise.

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With three new members, Cincinnati City Council is sworn in and gets to work, the region continues to suffer the effects of the opioid epidemic, Macy's announces the closing of its downtown store, the Ohio governor and senate races take shape and FC Cincinnati still waits to hear about its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise.

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