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The Center for Closing the Health Gap is continuing its push to encourage Black, Hispanic and Latino/a peoples to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The agency is hosting a virtual town hall Saturday titled "Black Men in Medicine - Our Crisis in 2021."

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The Cincinnati Fire Department will have a new Chief starting this summer. Officials announced Friday they are promoting Assistant Chief Michael Washington, Sr. to the job. He'll take over when Chief Roy Winston retires in July.

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A warning to all Republicans of good conscience who might be asking themselves if this trip to Trump World over the past six years has really been worth the anger and the chaos it caused: keep your thoughts to yourself.

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On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review:

Newport's $40 million new music venue Ovation announed its first shows Friday morning. They include Lady A and Russ. The announcement comes one day after Media got a sneak peek of the indoor outdoor concert space.

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Cincinnati officials broke ground Thursday on the largest municipally led solar array project in the country. The New Market Solar Project is being constructed on nearly 900 acres in Highland County, about 40 miles east of Cincinnati.

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The Social Security Administration is out with its annual list of the most popular baby names in the United States. Olivia and Liam top the list nationally and in Ohio.

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Hamilton County will use CARES Act dollars to promote the area as a tourism destination this summer. The "Get Your Cincy On" campaign launched Thursday morning, with a goal of drawing visitors and encouraging local spending.

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With COVID vaccines more widely available, people are looking to make up for lost time this year with travel opportunities they missed out on during quarantine. The buzz term this season is "revenge travel," and those in the travel industry are hoping for a huge increase in the number of people booking flights and hotels this spring and summer.

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After more than two years of murder, drug dealing and disrepair at Royal Oaks On the Green and Saint Andrews apartment and condominium complex, Pierce Township says it has had enough. The Clermont County Prosecutor's Office has filed suit to force the owner to clean up its act.

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Cincinnati students have access to tens of thousands of new audio and e-books thanks to a recent partnership between Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. The school district purchased an app called Sora that lets students borrow materials through the public library without needing a public library card.

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Cincinnati Council Wednesday approved small donations to a few nonprofit organizations using extra funds from Council Member Chris Seelbach's office.

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It started as a rumor, then became a debate, then progressed into a massive construction project. Now, FC Cincinnati's West End home, officially called TQL Stadium, is a reality. The facility will see its first Major League Soccer game this month. 

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Cincinnati is getting about $12 million less than expected from the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA. Guidance from the U.S. Treasury released Monday gives the official amount: about $279 million over the next two years, plus about $20 million restricted for health and affordable housing.

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Updated May 13

Hamilton County expects to have a preliminary plan next week for spending its portion of the American Rescue Plan. Administrator Jeff Aluotto and staff have been meeting with stakeholders, community groups and others to get a picture of where the dollars should go.

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The Purple People Bridge, connecting Newport to Cincinnati for pedestrians, is temporarily closed after a "large stone" fell out of the first pier into the Ohio River Tuesday afternoon.

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A measure voted down by a Cincinnati council committee Tuesday would have required immediate disclosure of some campaign donations. Council Member Greg Landsman says he's working on a new version of his proposal to require sitting council members and the mayor to report donations above $200 within 48 hours. The donations would be published on a new city website where the public could search the filings.

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The Pfizer COVID vaccine has emergency approval from the FDA for use on children 12 to 15 years old. Cincinnati Children's has been studying its effectiveness since last October.

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The head of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is one of 15 committee members who helped write the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report released Tuesday. The document charts a 10-year path for improving health outcomes, reducing disparities and overall improving public health and well-being.

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Cuc Le is a 74-year-old woman who's about four feet tall with a slight body. She wears jade bracelets that clink while she cooks Vietnamese staples at her restaurant in Roselawn.

She, her husband, Anthony, and their young family left Saigon as refugees just after the Vietnam War in the fall of 1975. She hardly spoke any English as they moved through military bases when they first arrived in the United States. But then, Saint Antoninus Catholic Church on the West Side of Cincinnati sponsored them and the city became their home.


Cincinnati has plans for a new Western Hills Viaduct and the money to build it could be secured by the end of the year. The new design includes a single deck replacement with eight travel lanes, to be built 50 feet to the south of the existing viaduct. Construction will take $335 million and the project is expected to be complete in 2028.

In the state of Ohio, teachers and other staff members can carry firearms on school grounds by meeting certain training requirements. Now a bill working its way through the legislature would require school staff to get the eight hours of training needed for a concealed carry license. More than 130 people have voiced their opposition to House Bill 99, introduced by Rep. Thomas Hall (R-Middletown).

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Updated May 11, 2021

Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell is resigning from the job she's held since 2017. She made announcement at Monday night's board meeting. Mitchell is leaving to take the top job at Beech Acres Parenting Center.

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Law enforcement officers are observing Police Memorial Week, and remembering their comrades who lost their lives in the line of duty. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac says the country averages about 150 police line of duty deaths a year, and faced a new threat in the last year.

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A pair of panel discussions starting this week aim to look at the changing landscape of race relations in Cincinnati during the past 20 years since the police killing of Timothy Thomas, and how recent events and movements are shaping the path forward.


Work is set to begin on improving the 10 busiest bus routes in the Metro system. Phase 1 of the Reinventing Metro Plan launches May 30. As part of the plan riders will see increased bus frequency on routes, longer hours of operation and better amenities. Voters approved Issue 7 in 2020, which will pay for the massive overhaul in local transit.


The United States officially rejoined the Paris climate agreement in February and President Biden said tackling the climate crisis is among his highest priorities. So how is our region meeting the challenges of a changing climate? This week the 2021 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit explores this topic. The theme of this year’s Summit from May 12 to 14 is "Accelerating Action: The Path to 2030."

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The Krohn Conservatory's butterfly show has been changed to accommodate the pandemic. There are the usual protocols like mask requirements, timed tickets, limited capacity and temperature checks. But on the other hand, Krohn's hours have been changed and the length of the show doubled to get more people in.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) toured the Cincinnati Health Department Friday. Nurses who've been giving COVID-19 vaccinations talked about how the rollout is going and public reception.

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Issue 3, the ballot issue that would have committed the city of Cincinnati to placing $50 million a year into an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, was crushed by city voters Tuesday, with only 27% voting yes.