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Reverend Peterson Mingo has been leading a Peace Bowl for 12 years with the goal of breaking down barriers between neighborhoods. The first year, the football game was interrupted by a deadly shooting but that did not deter the teams and the Peace Bowl has come back year after year to grow bigger than ever.

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Before the U.S. had the Environmental Protection Agency, and before the country recognized its first official Earth Day, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio was already on the case. The college's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability is turning 50.

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Updated: Oct. 16, 4:47 p.m.

The second Blink festival was bigger than the first, expanding into Kentucky with more murals, and more projection mapping. It also attracted more people, according to organizers. The Cincinnati Chamber says they estimate between 1.25 and 1.5 million people came out during the four nights of the art and light festival stretching from Covington to Over-the-Rhine.

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A new poll shows Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear in a dead heat ahead of next month's gubernatorial election.

The same polling firm showed Bevin trailing Beshear by eight percentage points last December.

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The largest presidential primary debate in American history took place last night in Westerville, Ohio, where a dozen qualifying candidates took the stage.

Joining Cincinnati Edition with a recap of the evening's events are WVXU’s Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson (@howardwilkinson) and Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau reporters Jo Ingles (joingles) and Andy Chow (@andy_chow).

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The suburb of Lincoln Heights is a community with a proud history, but it has faced struggles in recent decades from declining population to disinvestment in the neighborhood. The village was the first predominantly black self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon line.

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Hamilton County commissioners have approved a one-quarter (0.25) percent increase in the county sales tax to help balance next year's budget.  

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Don't you hate it when somebody butts in line at the grocery check-out line, or when lots of people are queued up to get into a concert or a movie?

I do. And I don't hesitate to tell the line-crashers about it.

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If you watch TV with an antenna in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, mark Friday, Oct. 18, on your calendar.

That's when Cincinnati TV stations move to new digital TV frequencies. If you watch TV over the air, you'll need to rescan your TV tuner after 10 a.m. that day.

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Kentucky's candidates for attorney general squared off in their first televised debate Monday night, arguing over each other's experience and how the office should treat potentially unconstitutional laws passed by the legislature.

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Eleven-hundred police, prosecutors, community activists and survivors are in Cincinnati for a sold-out conference Oct. 15-17 on juvenile sex trafficking. The eighth-annual Juvenile Sex Trafficking Conference (JuST) is at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

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The largest presidential primary debate in American history takes place tonight night at 8 pm EST.  The debate is co-hosted by CNN and the New York Times. It will air on CNN and will be simulcast on NPR and WVXU. A dozen qualifying candidates are expected to take the stage in Westerville, Ohio. Among them, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders returns to the campaign trail after his health scare, and billionaire executive Tom Steyer make his primary debate debut.

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The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education voted in September to become the first in the nation to adopt Vision Zero. The nationwide pedestrian-safety initiative is designed with the goal to "eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries."

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Cincinnati officials are proposing to expand a program that captures increased tax revenue from private economic development to pay for public improvements in some city neighborhoods.

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Calling it with a laugh "the worst kept secret in the county's political history," Judge Fanon Rucker is officially launching his bid to be Hamilton County's next prosecutor.

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Ohio continues to give the green light to businesses that want to help pioneer the development of self-driving vehicles. Just last week at a COSI conference, Lt. Governor Jon Husted was wooing Toyota, Waymo, Ford, the American Trucking Associations, AAA and others.

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It's no secret the majority of crashes happen when drivers are tired and distracted. Miami University professors are trying to figure out the best way to intervene and make roads safer.

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Since 2010, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, with an advisory committee, has administered the process of deciding which organizations receive human services funding from the city.  

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine pushed back Friday against criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for his STRONG Ohio gun violence package. The governor says he's confident the bill will be enacted into law.

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Between rising rates of suicide, depression and men simply dropping out of the workforce, are American men facing a crisis of masculinity?

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