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The Cincinnati Police Department released a new traffic crash and enforcement report identifying peak hours for traffic accidents and the roads where crashes most often occur. There are 14 streets that make the list of worst areas for speeding and crashes that resulted in injuries or death. The peak time for fatal crashes were in the early morning hours of 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. The second worst time was between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. when schools typically let out.

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This month, Interact for Health released results of a survey that asked local parents and caregivers to rate the oral health of their children. While 71 percent of survey respondents said their child's teeth were very good or excellent, lower-income caregivers were less likely to rate their child's dental health highly.

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The week of July 23 is Trash Amnesty Week in Covington, where residents can throw away bulk trash items without using the special green stickers normally required. 

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The head of Kentucky’s bourbon association says he’s worried that a drawn-out trade war could slow down growth of the state’s signature distilling industry.

Kentucky bourbon is in the crosshairs of retaliatory tariffs from the European Union, Mexico and Canada after President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from those countries.

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Medicaid enrollees who lost dental, vision and non-emergency medical transportation on July 1 will have those benefits restored, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. That state agency manages Medicaid, the health insurance program for people with low-incomes and disabilities.

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People in Cincinnati may see a bicycle with a torch traveling through their neighborhood Friday and Saturday.  It's part of a relay for the opening ceremony Saturday night for the Cincinnati Neighborhood Games.  

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More than 500 ventriloquists from around the world are in Erlanger, Ky., this weekend for the 42nd Annual Vent Haven Ventriloquism Convention. Annie Roberts is on the Vent Haven Ventriloquism Museum board of directors and says this is a lot like any other convention, with networking and learning sessions.

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Ed. note: Howard Wilkinson launched his "Tales from the Trail" column on July 15, 2017, in an effort to take you behind the scenes of politics and hear some of the funny—and occasionally outright bizarre—situations that happen on the campaign trail. Since Wilkinson has been covering politics for more than 40 years, he has plenty of stories to tell. To mark the one-year anniversary of his column, we are republishing Wilkinson's first-ever "Tales from the Trail" here today.  

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Ohio carries out its first execution of the year. Hamilton County Republicans submit a petition that could put an issue on the November ballot repealing an increase in the county sales tax. Cincinnati leaders attempt to balance helping the homeless with ensuring public safety. And could U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents increase their activity in Greater Cincinnati?

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The director of the Western & Southern Open says new seating in the south building of the Lindner Family Tennis Center is the first of its kind in the world for tennis. Andre Silva showed off the new construction Thursday, three weeks before the start of the tournament.

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More than 2,000 Kentuckians will have to pay more to receive Medicaid benefits that help them avoid nursing homes. The news comes after state officials said they’ve been charging the incorrect amount for over half a decade.

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Updated: Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

Cincinnati officials are delaying a plan to clear a homeless camp under the highway ramp on Third Street at Plum.

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Experts told Kentucky lawmakers that gun violence needs to be addressed as a public health crisis, advising that they consider legislation that would require gun owners to lock up their firearms.

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Stop staring at the bricks in your wall and get out already—there's plenty to do. 

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African-Americans have the highest mortality rate for all cancers combined. The disease is the second-leading cause of death among Native Americans over 45. Asian-Americans have the highest rates of liver and stomach cancers. While Hispanics and Latinos have lower incidence and death rates for most common cancers than whites, they are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stages of disease.

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The 30th season of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week kicks off Sunday, July 22. The special programming event has consistently attracted a large audience. But Shark Week has been both praised and panned by scientists, who say while the series has raised the public's awareness of sharks, it also emphasizes shark attacks and often relies on pseudoscience to generate ratings.

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Hamilton County Republicans who mounted a petition drive to put an issue on the November ballot repealing a .02 percent increase in the sales tax marched into the county auditor's office with a tall stack of about 37,800 signatures Wednesday afternoon.

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Let's play a little bit of the game show Jeopardy! today.

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The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) will decide July 25 at 9 a.m. in a special meeting whether to put a sales tax levy on the Hamilton County ballot and in what amount.

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In a grassy field under the hot sun at the Lebanon Sports Complex, players from a Spanish team take on their Japanese challengers in The World Ultimate Club Championships, a combination of soccer, football and basketball played with a disc. The event—which has 128 teams from 36 countries competing—is expected to generate $4 million dollars in economic impact for Warren County this week. 

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Amid widespread criticism over President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Rand Paul has rushed to the president’s defense, saying that his detractors are "deranged."

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FC Cincinnati is going with the local office of a worldwide company to draft its new branding as it prepares to enter Major League Soccer next year.

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Rand Paul applauded President Trump for meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, days after 12 Russian officials were indicted for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee.

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Kenton County is launching a 12-step re-entry program for inmates dealing with opioid addictions.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke Monday with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik about Ohio's lame duck governor, John Kasich, and his role as the Republican most critical of President Trump. Hardly a week goes by where Kasich doesn't appear on Sunday news talk shows to lambast Trump's policies. 

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An Ohio River education and watchdog group is loaning its mobile exhibit to Chicago's Shedd Aquarium for the summer.

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Using only bitcoin, 20 homes have been sold worldwide, and that number looks to get bigger. In fact, the Miami, Fla., real estate agent that brokered two of those deals, Stephan Burke, says cryptocurrency will make up 25-30 percent of real estate sales in five years.

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For many of the Commonwealth’s NASCAR racing fans, the annual weekend of racing at Kentucky Motor Speedway got off to a good start last night.

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The world—and I do mean, the world, just about all of it—knows one Jerry Springer.

In Cincinnati, we know another. 

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After a federal judge blocks work requirements for Medicaid patients in Kentucky, Governor Matt Bevin cuts dental and vision coverage for about 460,000 low-income Kentuckians on Medicaid. Another judge denies Bevin's request to amend a court ruling on the state's pension plan. And Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announces he will run for governor in 2019.

The City of Cincinnati and downtown organizations propose a plan to reduce panhandling. And the Cincinnati Reds today look nothing like the team that took the field last April. What's going on?

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