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Ohio Gov. John Kasich Tuesday night gave a full house at the Republican National Convention in Tampa a glowing  report of all the good things he says have happened in Ohio since he took office, but blamed President Obama for holding the state back.

"When I came into office we were 48th in the country in job creation,'' Kasich said in an eight-minute speech to the delegates at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "We had 89 cents in our rainy day fund. Most kids have more than that in their piggy banks."

House Speaker John Boehner grew up in Reading, where his father ran a bar where he and his brothers swept the floors as kids.

Tuesday night, as speaker of the House and permanent chairman of the Republican National Convention, he started out his speech to open the evening session with a story from the bar in Reading.

"My dad and my uncles owned a bar outside of Cincinnati,'' Boehner said. "I worked there growing up, mopping floors, waiting tables. Believe me when I say I learned how to deal with every character who walked in the door.

World Choir Games mural makes it debut

Aug 28, 2012

Artist Annie Ruth and CPS students unveiled the Global Canvas Quilt Tuesday afternoon at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  The mural was created by more than 500 World Choir Games participants and spectators July 4-14 using mixed media to design colorful  four-by-four-inch canvases. 

It was a collaborative project involving the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Art Museum and Arts on the Corner, a program created by Ruth.

Ruth said she was inspired to launch the  project so the community could embrace the Games through art.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is asking Xavier University to revisit the situation that prompted it to expel basketball player Dez Wells.

A grand jury has decided not to indict Wells over allegations of sexual assault. Deters says an independent review was presented to the grand jury yesterday.

As a freshman, Wells started in 32 games last season and was the fourth leading scorer. He would have been Xavier's only returning starter. 

Here is a copy of the news release from Joe Deters:

University of Cincinnati

One week after President Gregory Williams' abrupt departure, the University of Cincinnati is moving forward with a search for its next leader.

The school's board of trustees voted Tuesday to begin the process of finding a new president.

Interim president Santa Ono is getting a raise to go with his new title. His salary is increasing to $369,000 with a $100,000 bonus. The university is also retiring the remainder of the mortgage on Ono's house ($172,963) in Atlanta.

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Cincinnati's City Manager said in a memo a disagreement with Duke Energy concerning the streetcar threatens to increase the cost and potentially delay the project. 

The dispute could lead to a lawsuit.

The city and the company are at an impasse about who should pay to relocate the utility lines and pipes near the streetcar tracks.

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WVXU's Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the Ohio Delegation's role in the Republican National Convention.

Olympian Kayla Harrison is getting a hero's welcome in her hometown of Middletown. The gold medal winner will visit with students at Middletown High School Tuesday. The city is also throwing her a parade through town ahead of public rally. Event organizer and councilwoman Ann Mort says the town can't wait to welcome Harrison in style.

Family statement from Armstrong family:

To everyone who has so graciously remembered Neil Armstrong:

The outpouring of condolences and kind wishes from around the world overwhelms us and we appreciate it more than words can express.  

Many have asked if a memorial has been designated. If anyone wishes to make a memorial in his name, we suggest, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to one of these worthy organizations:

 

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Neil Armstrong New Frontiers Initiative

PO Box 5202

Anna Louise Inn attorney Tim Burke says the Historic Conservation Board voted unanimously this afternoon to approve the Inn as a conditional use. He said the use will not change.

The request is the latest plan to allow renovation for the 103 year old building. Months ago Western and Southern filed suit blocking any fix up. The company offered to buy the Lytle Park building and wants to turn it into luxury condominiums.

The historic downtown building houses low-income women.

Afternoon update from the convention

Aug 27, 2012

Howard Wilkinson will join Mark Heyne each  afternoon this week to talk about what's happening at the Republican National Convention.    Today, reaction from supporters of Rob Portman about not being tapped for VP, and Ohio delegates hear from Newt Gingrich:

Kenton County Schools and Fidelity Investments say a partnership they started last year is paying off with higher test scores.

The two created a math mentoring curriculum aimed at using real world investing examples to help seventh grade students understand math concepts and get excited about math.

Northern Kentucky University researcher Kevin Corcoran says he was surprised to learn that, nationally, one third of seventh graders see standardized tests scores drop from the beginning to end of the year.

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is touting the success of a program he helped launch more than a year ago to get “unbanked” residents to have a relationship with a financial institution.

Mallory said Monday during a press conference “Bank on Greater Cincinnati”  has helped nearly 1,000 unbanked residents open accounts since it launched in April 2011.

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati is expanding its Task Force on Healthy Living to include several organizations.  The newest members represent the public schools, the city's parks and recreation departments and the soft drink industry. 

Council Member Wendell Young chairs the task force.

The nearly 500 Ohioans who came to Tampa this week for the Republican National Convention had hoped they would be celebrating a  victory - having their favorite son, Sen. Rob Portman of Cincinnati - in the second spot on the GOP ticket.

But it was not to be.

And. despite their disappointment, the 66 delegates, 63 alternates and several hundred Ohio guests here are taking it well; and vowing they will let bygones by bygones when it comes to going back home to work for the ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman chosen over Portman.

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Each morning this week Howard Wilkinson will join Maryanne Zeleznik to talk about the Republican National Convention.  Here's today's chat:

The Ohio delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa was to have heard from Mitt Romney's son, Craig this morning, but the middle child of Romney's five sons, Josh is now going to take his place.

Josh is rumored to have his own political ambitions.

With the convention sessions canceled today because of weather conditions, most delegates will be stuck at the hotel; and, at 12:45, they will get an extra treat - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who ran for the GOP nomination and lost, will visit the Ohio delegates.  

Attorneys for the Anna Louise Inn will go before the Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board this afternoon for a second time. The board issued a favorable report last week. The 103 year old building housing low-income women is in need of renovation and attorney Tim Burke is trying a new tactic.

"Now we're asking the city to approve the entire Anna Louise Inn as a conditional use or a special assistance shelter but the uses won't change."

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This Wednesday Cincinnati State and Technical College will open a Middletown Campus.  Director Michael Chikeleze says the new campus will have nearly 200 new students when it opens this week.  Students will also be able to take classes at the Main Campus in Cincinnati as well as online. It will be the only Community and Technical College in Butler County.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is part of a national effort to create a kind of mini-patient to test drugs.  Each partner is concentrating on creating a different part of the human body.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's are in the process of making what's called an organoid. An organoid is a structure that resembles an organ. This one mimics the stomach and intestine.

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