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No 'Direct Connection' Between J&J Vaccine And UC Student's Death

There is no "direct evidence" linking the death of a University of Cincinnati college student to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, an official said Friday afternoon. Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco said a lot of speculation and misinformation on social media about the death of 21-year-old John Foley is not true.

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2021 Primary Election

Your Voter Guide To Cincinnati's 2021 Mayoral Primary

Early voting in Cincinnati's May 4 mayoral primary has begun. The top two finishers go on to face each other in the November election for a four-year term.

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Cincinnatians have until Monday at 9 a.m. to sign up for virtual public comment at a hearing about federal stimulus funding. Council members will hear from residents about how the city should spend $290 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review:

Updated April 16, 2021 at 9:06 PM ET

A man identified by police as Brandon Hole, 19, opened fire outside a FedEx warehouse facility in Indianapolis late Thursday night before moving inside the facility, killing eight people and injuring several others. Hole is believed to have shot himself and is among the nine dead, according to police.

"FedEx officials have confirmed that Mr. Hole was an employee at the facility and that he was last employed in 2020," Indianapolis Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt said.

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Hamilton County

Hamilton County Commissioners passed five gender equity resolutions Thursday night, including a commitment to address gender- and race-based pay inequity in county employment. The resolutions are based on recommendations in an annual report from the Commission on Women and Girls.

A newly released poll suggests Kentucky has a good chance of reaching herd immunity with the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Herd immunity is achieved when a significant amount of the population is vaccinated or immune to infection. Experts believe herd immunity will be possible when that applies to 70-85% of the population. 

The poll found 71% of Kentucky adults have already received or intend to get the vaccine. The 29% of Kentuckians who said they hesitant to get the shot were more likely to be male, Republican, and live in suburban or rural communities.

Ben Chandler heads the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which funded the survey. He says much of the hesitancy toward the vaccine can be attributed to misinformation.

Courtesy of Sew Masks 4 Cincy

Update April 15, 2021

Since this story published on March 23, 2021, Sew Masks 4 Cincy founder Esther Kang now says it's time for the project to end.

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Great Parks and Cohen Recycling's annual holiday light recycling program has broken a record for the second year in a row, collecting 15,700 pounds of lights, the cash value of which Cohen will donate to Great Parks. In 2019, residents donated 11,081 pounds of lights, a first for the partnership.


Cincinnati Council Member Wendell Young is under indictment for his part in the text messaging case involving four other city council members in 2018.

Courtesy of Mary Jean Megginson

Before the pandemic, Mary Jean Megginson was a thriving 89-year-old fashionista and social butterfly living in Dayton. So when she transitioned to quarantine life, it was rough, especially since she lives alone.

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Issues 1 and 2 on the May ballot in Cincinnati aim to address city council members who are indicted on federal charges related to their jobs on council.


Much Ado About Nothing

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy as a radio drama.

Democracy & Z

Never Again. Again.

For this episode, we welcome three student activists pushing for stricter gun laws here in Ohio, along with stronger efforts to address some of the root causes of armed violence.

Howard Wilkinson's Latest

WVXU's Senior Political Analyst covers government at the local, state and national level, plus shares stories from his 40+ years on the campaign trail.

Inhailer Radio on 90.9 WGUC HD3

Inhailer Radio Cincinnati is an indie and alternative pop station highlighting the best local, national and international music.

Looking Up

Space talk, the fun way, with Dean Regas & Anna Hehman.