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Governor Andy Beshear said some childcare programs can resume as soon as June 8. Beshear said in-home childcare programs that care for 10 or less children can re-open on the 8th and larger childcare centers will be allowed to open on June 15.

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William J. Keating – a man who will be remembered as a giant in Cincinnati's politics, publishing and legal professions – died Wednesday at the age of 93.

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Kentucky museums, outdoor attractions, aquariums, libraries and distilleries will be allowed to reopen starting June 8, Gov. Andy Beshear announced during his Tuesday briefing. He said they're still working out specific guidance for these industries, but "this gives these businesses some advance notice."

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The one thing I will always remember about Annie and John Glenn is that I never saw them together when they were not holding hands.

Theirs was a magnificent, epic love story.

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Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky state parks, campgrounds and aquatic centers will be allowed to reopen on June 1. The recreational spaces have been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Issue 7, the 0.8% sales tax hike for transit, passes in official vote count. And there will be a very competitive race in the 1st Congressional District this fall, with Republican incumbent Steve Chabot facing Democrat Kate Schroder.

Alicia Reece To Take On Andy Black For Hamilton County Commission Seat

May 14, 2020
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Former Cincinnati council member and state representative Alicia Reece became the official Demcoratic candidate for the late Todd Portune's Hamilton County commission seat Thursday.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants Congress to approve $100 billion in emergency rental assistance as part of the next federal coronavirus relief measure.

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Gene J. Puskar / AP

If you were to believe what you see on the mainstream media, on social media and everywhere else, you would think there was a major revolution brewing – the people rising up and taking to the streets and to the statehouse halls screaming to throw the gates open and declare the pandemic over.

Don't believe it. It's an optical illusion.

The Kentucky legislature again declined to pass a bill explicitly banning lawmakers from sexually harassing their employees during this year’s legislative session.

The legislature’s ethics rules don’t currently ban sexual harassment, though lawmakers have been punished for harassing employees under a rule that bans misuse of their official positions.

House Bill 168, sponsored by Taylor Mill Republican Rep. Kim Moser, would have defined sexual harassment as an ethical violation and created a process for the Legislative Ethics Commission to review sexual harassment complaints.

 


Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced during his May 7 press conference the next phase of the state’s reopening will be initiated sooner than expected. Phase 2 will begin May 22 with restaurant reopenings and at a later date allow movie theaters, fitness centers, campgrounds, childcare facilities, and youth sports to reopen. 

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear today announced a new travel ban that he said is “exactly like Ohio’s [ban].” A federal judge ruled Tuesday Beshear’s travel restrictions during the pandemic were unconstitutional.

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Four years ago, Donald Trump won Ohio by eight percentage points, which caught the tribe of political pundits by surprise, along with the political professional class.

Can he do it again?

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Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

Even though Ohio's primary ended April 28, the election isn't over just yet. Results aren't official until they are certified by the Hamilton County Board of Elections, and for them, the process is just getting started.

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I've never been one who frequently buys into conspiracy theories to explain away things about the world which bother me.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is calling on the Treasury Department to give local leaders greater flexibility when it comes to spending federal rescue funding.

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Evan Vucci / AP

Public opinion polls have been largely unfavorable to President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while state governors are receiving high marks.

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Former state representative and Cincinnati council member Alicia Reece appears to have won a narrow victory in a three-way Democratic primary to run this fall for Hamilton County commissioner.

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Challenger Charmaine McGuffey has ousted Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil in a bitter, hard-fought primary.

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With nearly 69% of the vote, Democratic candidate Fanon Rucker defeated his Democratic challenger Tuesday, setting up a high-profile fight against Hamilton County's Republican Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters in November.

It is a battle for one of the last corners of county government still in the control of the GOP in an increasingly Democratic county.

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