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Citicable / City of Cincinnati

A Cincinnati City Council committee Monday declined to vote on four ordinances from Mayor John Cranley that would appropriate federal stimulus money. The city is expected to receive about $290 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Cory Sharber / WVXU

Citizens and community activists gathered in front of U.S. Senator Rob Portman's Cincinnati office Monday advocating for a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

When people drive by Lebanon's intersection of Broadway and South, some are doing a double-take. A log cabin from 1795 is being reconstructed right Downtown.

Just as we are digesting new developments on food allergies, others come out. Headlines include, "Milk Is Overtaking Nuts As Top Food Allergy Threat." And "Congress Makes Sesame Ninth Major Food Allergen." With so much to keep track of, The National Academy of Sciences is recommending current labeling be replaced. One University of Cincinnati researcher has information that may help.

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Becca Costello / WVXU

Cincinnatians can attend City Council and committee meetings in-person again, starting Monday. City Hall has been closed to the public since November due to the pandemic.

Courtesy of Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering a look at the impact of Black tourism on the local economy. The first-ever Black Traveler Report is the subject of the first presentation in the VIBE Be Empowered Speaker Series.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

So how did Cincinnati end up with the council-manager form of government, where a professional city manager runs the day-to-day operations and a nine-member council sets policy?

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After the indictments of multiple Cincinnati City Council members, local voters will get the chance to weigh in on how members of council could be removed from office if future corruption cases arise. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman and Council Member Betsy Sundermann have both introduced charter amendments addressing corruption.

Before the world got its first glimpse of the Land of Oz, its creator, L. Frank Baum, was already a storyteller. First performing as an actor, he then created compelling marketing materials for his father's oil enterprise and ultimately waxed poetic to his own children at home, as well as the children of others through his wondrous retail operation on the American frontier.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

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).

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David Zalubowski / AP

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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No on Issue 3 Campaign / Facebook

I thought I had seen it all in almost a half century of covering politics, but I can't say I've ever seen anything quite like what is going on in the campaign to defeat Issue 3, the Cincinnati charter amendment that would require the city to put $50 million a year into an Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

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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.

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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Dzenina Lukac / Pexels

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.

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

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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.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

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.

Courtesy of Nick Swartsell

While it sounds arcane, zoning code is something akin to a city's DNA. The rules about what can be built and where someone can build it determine how a city looks and feels, and sometimes, who can live in its various neighborhoods.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Apr. 14, 2021 meeting)

Nearly $50 million could go toward improving concurrent learning systems throughout Cincinnati Public Schools. This comes from a draft of the fiscal year 2022 budget that will be presented May 19.

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Nick Swartsell / WVXU

Cincinnati officials will apply for $34 million to establish an affordable housing loan pool. Council voted Wednesday to approve a pair of ordinances that also establish an oversight board for the loan pool and the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

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Jolene Almendarez / WVXU

Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey made national headlines after being the first openly LGBTQ sheriff in Ohio and running on a progressive platform. It's been 100 days since she took office and, she said during a Facebook Live Q&A, she's made changes for the betterment of the department and community.

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Matt Rourke / AP

Hamilton County officials are encouraging people to get COVID-19 vaccinations despite the recent Janssen Johnson & Johnson pause. Commission Vice President Alicia Reece worries the pause will increase vaccine hesitancy, especially among African Americans.

Jim Nolan / WVXU

Two weeks before the May 4 mayoral primary, WVXU begins examining Cincinnati political corruption in a series called "Trust In Local Government – WVXU's Public Integrity Project."

Courtesy Kroger, Ocado

In a Monroe, Ohio, warehouse the size of seven football fields, 1,000 robots are getting the go-ahead to whiz around and collect your Kroger groceries in as little as six minutes for a 50-item order. (3 minutes to collect + 3 minutes to load into a van) This so-called "shed" is the first of 20 customer fulfillment centers in the U.S. the nation's largest grocery store chain has planned.

Cory Sharber / WVXU

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says the recent pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine isn't "helpful," but it shouldn't hinder the state's vaccine rollout.

The governor was in Erlanger Wednesday to congratulate St. Elizabeth Healthcare for administering its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine.

Jolene Almendarez / WVXU

Early during the pandemic, drone footage outside of a Freestore Foodbank's mass distribution site showed lines of cars stretched down roadways. A surge of people, many of whom were facing food insecurity for the first time, waited for boxes with pantry staples. Since then, over 600 pantries in the Tri-State have provided almost 38 million meals, and the need for more food availability hasn't dwindled much.

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Many of us have been living life for the past year in a world of virtual meetings. We've been jumping from one video call to another, connecting with co-workers and classmates on our laptops, cellphones and other devices. If you're feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and a little grumpy with all of this screen time you're not alone. Jeremy Bailenson, a professor and founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, calls it Zoom fatigue.

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A car repair service in Covington is making sure working mothers have reliable transportation to get their children off to school and get to their jobs on time. Samaritan Car Care Clinic was founded in 2007 with the mission of offering free basic car maintenance for people in need.

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