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The Ohio midterm elections are not only important in deciding the next governor and congressional representatives.

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Hamilton County commissioners are expected to vote on spending hotel tax revenues on facilities expansion. The Sharonville Convention Center is asking for $225,000 for phases one and two of planning. The next two planning phases would cost $575,000, and construction is estimated to be $10.5 million.

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Some Over-the-Rhine residents have been working and waiting for years on a plan to make Liberty Street narrower and safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.  

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Three townships in northwest Hamilton County could lose sheriff patrols. Hamilton County could go without preventive maintenance for 190 outdoor warning sirens. And the county's 911 emergency center could increase the fees it charges communities for answering calls.

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It will be up to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to decide whether Anderson Township trustee Andrew Pappas can be subpoenaed to appear before the Hamilton County Board of Elections to answer questions about his possibly illegal handling of anti-sales tax petitions in July.

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Cincinnati police are still searching for a motive after a deadly shooting incident at the Fifth Third Center on September 6.  

The bank re-opened the lobby Monday for the first time since the attack.

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The two major party candidates for Ohio governor, Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine, meet Wednesday night in Dayton for their first of three scheduled debates before the Nov. 6 election.

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The clock is ticking on getting the Union Terminal timepiece tick-tocking again. It was removed last year for cleaning and maintenance and is scheduled to be reinstalled beginning Monday.

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A Cincinnati company is pitching colleges and universities nationwide with a way to keep track of their students. It involves a long-range Bluetooth beacon and a downloadable app.

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Today you can buy pretty much anything, from anywhere. And thanks to hundreds of shopper comparison sites, you can typically find the best price and fastest delivery available.

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This month, the exhibit MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU returned to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as part of a year-long international celebration of the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth.

ArtsWave Associate Director of Community Campaign & New Business Janice Liebenberg grew up in South Africa during Apartheid. She recently spoke with Cincinnati Edition's Dan Hurley about what life was like during the institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa until the early 1990s.

Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival

The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival debuts September 26 to 30. Formerly the Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival is organized by LADD, a local non-profit that supports adults with disabilities, and presents stories that celebrate the human spirit.

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Hamilton County's prosecutor says the four Cincinnati Police officers involved in a Fountain Square bank shooting did nothing wrong. Joe Deters says the officers acted heroically and saved lives when they shot and killed 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa-Perez last week.

Anderson Township

A complaint filed with the Hamilton County Board of Elections claims Anderson Township Trustee Andrew S. Pappas broke Ohio law while gathering petitions this summer for a repeal of a proposed sales tax increase.

But Pappas, a Republican, says in a letter to board members that it was simply a mistake on his part and offered an apology.

An audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District has turned up nearly $780,000 worth of illegal or unauthorized spending. State Auditor Dave Yost's office released the findings of a two year investigation Friday morning.

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As long as I cover politics, I will remember the name Rob Burch as a politician with nothing but moxie.

I could not blame you if you don't recognize that name.

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Questions continue to surround the shooting at the Fifth Third Bank Center last week, including how the shooter was able to legally purchase a gun. The City of Cincinnati gives former City Manager Harry Black an additional $370,000 to avoid a lawsuit, even though city council had previously rejected a big payout. Kentucky lawmakers once again consider legalizing medical marijuana. And voter registration statistics in Kentucky suggest a "blue wave" in the state is unlikely.

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Cincinnati Council is expected to approve funding next week for Price Hill to use ShotSpotter. It's the technology that allows police to pinpoint the source of gunfire. It's already in Avondale, and police say it's reduced the number of people shot in there by 52 percent.

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Ohio's report cards for schools now assign each one an overall grade. And the reports use the A-to-F scale on particular areas, including achievement on state tests and graduation rates. None of Cincinnati Public Schools received an A, and 14 were given an F.

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A nameless creek winds its way north through Clermont County, from Miami Township to Loveland.

Just before it spills into O'Bannon Creek, it takes a couple of hard turns, forming a horseshoe. This bend in the river doesn't seem all that important. The nearest homes are a couple hundred yards away, and upstream. You can't hear traffic and there's only one obviously man-made object in sight.

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