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This week on Cincinnati Edition's Friday news review:

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Interim City Manager Paula Boggs Muething and Police Chief Eliot Isaac are asking City Council for $1 million to address a recent spike in gun violence in some neighborhoods. 

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Local minority-owned small businesses are getting some help this week. A consortium of churches and businesses awarded 20 micro-grants. Recipient Adrienne Onley opened Touch of Heaven floral shop in Mount Healthy in February, before the pandemic hit. She says she didn't qualify for a federal payroll loan.

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says it feels odd to announce the Kentucky Derby in September, but it's the reality of 2020 — a year when the "most exciting two minutes in sports" will go forward without spectators in the stands due the coronavirus pandemic, but crowds will gather outside the track to amplify calls to arrest and charge the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.

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During a board meeting for Cincinnati Public Schools on Wednesday, a board member brought forth concerns that roughly 5,000 kids may not have the internet access necessary to complete their remote learning classes.

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A bill to repeal Ohio's nuclear bailout law has languished for more than a month so far, and signs suggest that House leadership may be angling to defer or stop such efforts as Election Day draws near.

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As more local school districts return to classrooms - in-person and virtually - experiences are varied. Most agree the situation isn't ideal, and there are both success stories and extreme challenges. WVXU reached out to a few families to see how the first days and weeks are going.

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In response to the state of the nation, Cincinnati Public Schools wants to be the first district in Ohio to adopt what it calls an anti-racism policy, focusing on how racism affects its Black students and staff. The draft policy aims to eliminate all forms of racism from the district.

As the protests against racial injustice began spreading across the nation this summer, Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell wanted to give young people the opportunity to share their experience surrounding inequality and empower them to create change.

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Cincinnati's streetcar is operating with passengers once again, and for now, it will be free to ride.

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For the first time in more than a month, Hamilton County health officials are reporting an increase in positive COVID-19 cases.

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Deep inside your brain, neurons are soaking up the sun and using it to prevent heart disease, stroke and diabetes. That's the premise from Cincinnati Children's Hospital researchers who studied mice and wrote about it in the journal Nature.

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Updated: Friday, Sept. 4

We asked for your questions in our feature OKI Wanna Know and a number of people asked about the naming of a couple of prominent roads: Reed Hartman Highway and Fields-Ertel. The two intersect so we combined them into one story.


Former Congressman Steve Driehaus is leaving Cincinnati for Iraq. As resident senior director for the National Democratic Institute, Driehaus will live in Erbil, Kurdistan, and work on democratization, election fairness, political party building and empowering women in politics.

With the global pandemic has come a widespread demand. Pet adoptions have soared under coronavirus and, in particular, sales of dogs are booming. Shelters, rescues, breeders and pet stores have all reported more demand for dogs and puppies than they can fill.

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Cincinnati City Council is expected to vote Wednesday to override a mayoral veto of an ordinance making streetcar rides free for the next 60 days.  

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Cincinnati Council's Law and Public Safety Committee talked for nearly three hours Tuesday morning about the recent spike in gun violence in the city. As of Monday, there have been 68 homicides in the city. That compares to 73 homicides for all of 2019.


A local woman is killed by a car in a crosswalk on one of Cincinnati's busy streets. Now her friend is mourning her loss and calling for attention from the city about a stretch of road she sees as dangerous and deadly.

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Coronavirus cases among children are increasing according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A new study by the ADA finds cases have increased at a faster rate among children and teenagers than among the general public.

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A Middletown K9 officer and a murder suspect have been shot Monday afternoon after a police pursuit ended at the 2600 block of Mason-Montgomery Road.