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From FEMA To ORSANCO: This Week's Top Stories

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Jim Nolan
We look at the news affecting Greater Cincinnati and the Tri-state.

This week FEMA investigators are in Ohio trying to assess the damage caused by tornadoes that hit the state Memorial Day. The National Weather Service confirmed 21 tornadoes struck in the state, damaging thousands of homes, apartments and commercial buildings.

The Cincinnati Bell Connector faces a more than $1 million deficit and some local non-profit organizations are not happy about one proposed suggestion to make up the shortfall.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes faces criticism after saying her office found discrepancies in the official results of the May 21 primary, which delayed the State Board of Elections certification of the results.

States in the Ohio River basin will be able to choose whether or not to follow pollution control standards set by the Ohio River Water Sanitation Commission. ORSANCO's board of directors approved the change at a meeting in Covington Thursday morning.

And a federal judge rules that The Gorilla Foundation, based in California, must return the gorilla named "Ndume" to the Cincinnati Zoo no later than June 30.  But the Cincinnati Zoo wants Ndume transferred here by June 13.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss this week's top stories are WYSO 91.3 Morning Edition host and reporter April Laissle; political writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Daniel Desrochers (@drdesrochers); Cincinnati Enquirer transportation reporter Hannah Sparling (@hksparling); WCPO transportation and development reporter Pat LaFleur (@pat_lafleur); and WVXU reporters Tana Weingartner (@TanaWeingartner), Bill Rinehart (@billgrinehart) and Jay Hanselman (@JayHanselman).

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.