Jennifer Merritt

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Downtown's beleaguered Millennium Hotel will close its doors Dec. 31. The hotel will continue to operate and honor all reservations up to its closure, a release says.

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The $17 million project to stabilize the hill along Columbia Parkway begins its first phase Monday. A release from the city says two of three westbound lanes between Delta and Torrence will close that morning for two to three months.

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Bryan Woolston / AP

In an election where Republicans won every down-ticket race, Democrat Andy Beshear appears to have narrowly beaten incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin to win the Kentucky governorship, with 100% of precincts reporting. As of Tuesday night, Beshear held 49.2% of the vote compared to 48.9% for Bevin, who said, "we are not conceding this race by any stretch."

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Updated: Wednesday, 3:40 p.m.

A prickly back-and-forth between the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County over the construction of a music venue at The Banks seems to have softened. Tuesday night Mayor John Cranley and Commissioner Todd Portune released a joint statement saying they "have worked together to come to an understanding that will advance future development at the The Banks." 

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, residents of Kentucky vote on a variety of statewide races. Here's what you need to know before heading to the polls.

Courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo.

The Cincinnati Zoo announced Wednesday that its "beloved black rhino Kendi" would be leaving the zoo for a new home at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where he will be paired with a female "so he can do his part to contribute to the survival of his critically endangered species." 

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Two events take place this weekend that require some road closures. Here's what you need to know before heading out the door. 

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Blink isn't the only event happening in the Tri-State this weekend. The Queen Bee Half Marathon takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, through various parts of Cincinnati and requires a number of road closures. 

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Courtesy Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

If you're traveling to or near Downtown this weekend, take note: Oktoberfest and the Hudy 14K will close some streets. Here's what you need to know: 


Cincinnati Public Schools' Lauren Worley says the district started implementing changes and improvements to its overtaxed bus system this week. Since school began Aug. 19, parents have complained about buses being overcrowded, late or not showing up at all.

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Last check, we thought it was just Cincinnatians who were obsessed with reading James Patterson. As it turns out, Northern Kentuckians are enamored with him, too.

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Think downtown streets are free and clear following Sunday's Riverfest? Think again. Monday morning, the Aruna Run - held to raise awareness about human trafficking in Asia - takes place, further impacting access to downtown streets. 

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Riverfest is Cincinnati's unofficial farewell salute to summer. Here's what you need to know if you're planning to attend the 43nd annual fireworks show.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Updated: Friday, 2:04 p.m.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has waded into the fray over the relocation of Hilltop Basic Resources so the county can construct a new music venue at The Banks. 

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Updated at 5:45 p.m.

The pastor of a Sharonville church is facing federal charges for allegedly coercing a teenage girl. The Aug. 9 complaint against Cesar Augusto Guerrero Jr., was unsealed Wednesday following the 41-year-old's appearance in federal court. 

In a merger of two of the country's biggest newspaper companies, GateHouse Media, which owns the Columbus Dispatch, is buying Gannett Co., owner of USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, for about $1.4 billion. The combined company would have more than 260 daily papers in the U.S., along with more than 300 weeklies, or "more than one-sixth of all remaining daily newspapers," according to Nieman Lab. In Ohio, the merger puts most of the state's local papers under one roof.

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Ben Curtis / AP

World No. 1 players Ashleigh Barty and Novak Djokovic are the top seeds for the Western & Southern Open taking place Aug. 10-18 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. 

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FC Cincinnati has hired Dutch manager Ron Jans as its new head coach, the team announced Sunday. His first training session with the team will be Tuesday, Aug. 6, and his first game on Saturday, Aug. 10 in Columbus.

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Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

Standing on the steps of City Hall Thursday, Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld announced legislation to create a Rapid Response Network meant to protect Cincinnati's immigrant and refugee population in the event of a federal raid.

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Ramsay Fulbright / WCPO

Former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter has filed a grievance stating she was injured  while being placed in custody during her court sentencing Monday. A release from the sheriff's office says she's being held in the medical unit.