Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland have followed Dayton in passing mask mandates. Cincinnati's mandate will go into effect July 9, requiring face coverings inside places of business. But the issue of whether to wear or go without a mask has been the cause of much national debate and divide along party lines, with politicians weighing in as often as health experts.


Hamilton County has at least a 40,000-unit shortage of affordable housing according to multiple studies. Meanwhile, rent has increased in Cincinnati by 43.6 percent in the last decade, according to Zillow. Now LISC of Greater Cincinnati has unveiled a community-wide housing strategy, created by a multi-agency coalition, examining the housing crisis and providing a roadmap for city and county leaders to enact change.

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International soccer's governing body, FIFA, holds a workshop Tuesday with the 17 U.S. cities vying to host matches during the 2026 World Cup being jointly hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. Cincinnati is among the cities being considered for one of the 10 U.S. slots.

With one of the highest eviction rates in the country, Dayton city leaders set out to do something about it last year with the formation of an Eviction Task Force. This summer, city commissioners passed two task force recommendations and may take further steps.

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The Hamilton County Small Business Development Center is seeing so many clients it had to bring on four new business counselors, doubling its counseling staff.

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It's not uncommon to find insects trapped in amber. In fact, an entire movie franchise has been built around it. But now, scientists have confirmed the existence of a bug inside a piece of opal. The find could aid in the hunt for life on Mars.

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Brazil, the second worst country in the world for COVID-19 cases, is getting some help from Cincinnati. The new non-profit Venti-Now will send ventilators there for free that it designed, built and tested in just three weeks. Tanzania is also on the list to get them.

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is launching the Center for Social Justice to monitor police reforms and investigate claims of police misconduct outside of Cincinnati's city limits. The work is expected to launch in mid to late July. The initiative is made possible by a one million dollar grant from J. Phillip and Gail Holloman.


The situation is dire for small businesses. Three out of four have sought federal aid to cope with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic according to a Census Bureau survey. And in May, economists projected that more than 100,000 small businesses shuttered since the pandemic escalated in March.

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Cincinnati is joining Dayton and Columbus in requiring people to wear facial coverings at indoor establishments to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The full City Council approved the ordinance by a 7-2 vote. It will take effect July 9.

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Howard Wilkinson talks with WVXU's Jay Hanselman about how some Ohio Republicans are upset with Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vamoose, cousin Billy.

Take your horse, William Henry Harrison, and ride out of town. Don't stop until you hit North Bend. That's your tomb up there on top of the hill, my man; rest in peace.


In a 4-1 vote, the board of the Forest Hills School District voted Thursday to do away with Anderson Township High School's "Redskins" logo and mascot. The meeting came in response to recent calls on social media and a petition for the name to go, though the debate goes back decades.

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The Hamilton County commissioners are expected to vote in two weeks on a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. About 10 people spoke about the issue Thursday during a virtual public hearing.

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A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy is under arrest and charged with one count of assault for kicking an inmate in the head during an incident June 9.

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After a strong showing in the Kentucky Democratic primary, defeating Shanon Fabert by nearly 12,000 votes, Dr. Alexandra Owensby will now face incumbent Rep. Thomas Massie, who won handily over challenger Todd McMurtry, in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Cincinnati City Council will meet in a special session Friday to discuss passing a mask ordinance. Mayor John Cranley says it's in response to rising numbers of COVID-19.

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As if the virus itself isn't enough to worry about, you might fall victim to fake COVID products. DHL at CVG is one gateway Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says they're coming into the U.S.


"A disaster." 

That's how Joe Rozzi, vice president of sales for Rozzi's Famous Fireworks, describes business these days. What's normally the 90-year-old company's busiest time of year has been cut in half due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is underway across the globe, and according to one local executive, the heretofore elusive vaccine could be found here in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.