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After the indictments of multiple Cincinnati City Council members, local voters will get the chance to weigh in on how members of council could be removed from office if future corruption cases arise. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman and Council Member Betsy Sundermann have both introduced charter amendments addressing corruption.

Before the world got its first glimpse of the Land of Oz, its creator, L. Frank Baum, was already a storyteller. First performing as an actor, he then created compelling marketing materials for his father's oil enterprise and ultimately waxed poetic to his own children at home, as well as the children of others through his wondrous retail operation on the American frontier.

On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review:

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While it sounds arcane, zoning code is something akin to a city's DNA. The rules about what can be built and where someone can build it determine how a city looks and feels, and sometimes, who can live in its various neighborhoods.

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Many of us have been living life for the past year in a world of virtual meetings. We've been jumping from one video call to another, connecting with co-workers and classmates on our laptops, cellphones and other devices. If you're feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and a little grumpy with all of this screen time you're not alone. Jeremy Bailenson, a professor and founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, calls it Zoom fatigue.


A car repair service in Covington is making sure working mothers have reliable transportation to get their children off to school and get to their jobs on time. Samaritan Car Care Clinic was founded in 2007 with the mission of offering free basic car maintenance for people in need.

Recognizable company names like Siemens and DHL with large operations in the Cincinnati region are just a couple of the more than 250 businesses with a presence here.

Trade between Kentucky and Ohio and the European Union is significant.


Three urban hikers embark on a 61-mile odyssey through Appalachian wilderness and document their journey in an upcoming film Why We Walk. The group originally formed in 2015 and began walking the streets of Cincinnati from Findlay Market to Northside, Walnut Hills and across the bridge to Covington. Their backgrounds are disparate, growing up in Ethiopia, the Congo and Cincinnati's Winton Terrace, but they found a common bond in the simple pleasure of walking.

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A number of bills have sprung up in state legislatures around the country following unrest over police killings of Black people, including some that seek penalties for those who direct harsh language at police.

The number of people incarcerated in the United States is higher than any other nation in the world. Although that figure has decline in recent years according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were slightly under 1.5 million people in prison at the end of 2017. If you gathered those people in one place, it would be one of the largest cities in the country.

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In 2001 when Officer Steven Roach shot and killed Timothy Thomas, the Fraternal Order of Police President was an outspoken 36-year-old ready to defend the actions of his officers seemingly at all costs. Fangman went toe to toe with reporters and activists in the community.

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April 7, 2021, marked 20 years since white Officer Steven Roach shot and killed Black 19-year-old Timothy Thomas in Over-the-Rhine. The shooting, along with 14 other killings of Black males at the hands of police from 1995 to 2001, led to nearly a week of unrest in Cincinnati. The protests, lootings and chaos garnered national media attention.

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The civil unrest in 2001 sparked by the deaths of Black men at the hands of Cincinnati police did more than grab international attention. It also accelerated advocates' efforts for systemic reforms to the city's police department.

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If you ask anyone in Cincinnati who lived through the events of 2001 to describe what happened after the officer-involved shooting death of Timothy Thomas, you'll get many different accounts. To some, riots broke out in the streets with days of looting and violence and buildings vandalized. Others saw protesters striving to raise awareness for an injustice, and in doing so, disrupted the typical social order. We would call this civil unrest.

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The unrest that tore through Over-the-Rhine in 2001 was, on the surface, about the death of Timothy Thomas and other Black men at the hands of police. But its roots went much deeper, some activists say, involving economic frustrations among Cincinnati's Black residents that continue to this day.

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Since the 2001 civil unrest, changes to policing in Cincinnati have served as a national model. In 2002, the city of Cincinnati signed the Collaborative Agreement and declared community problem-oriented policing would be the strategy for police services in the city. The strategy shifted the focus to prevention. Cincinnati has seen a dramatic reduction in use of force and arrests over the past 20 years, which mirrors a national trend.

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It was 20 years ago that Cincinnati captured the attention of the nation and the world after the killing of a 19-year-old at the hands of police. Timothy Thomas was the 15th Black citizen killed by police since 1995 and tension boiled over into the streets.

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After a nationwide search, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has named its first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The orchestra announced the appointment of Harold Brown March 12. He is a resident of Springdale who assumes the executive leadership position - one of the first of its kind at a major American orchestra.


At least 18 Greater Cincinnati pedestrians and cyclists were struck and killed by cars in 2020, a toll advocates say is indicative of the need for better safety infrastructure for walkers and bikers.

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Like so much in 2020, the Cincinnati Reds baseball season was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic: the game schedule was reduced, no fans were permitted at stadiums, and what had been expected to be a big year for the home team turned out to be rather lackluster.


For 45 years, local baseball fans sat on the edge of their seats waiting to hear Marty Brennaman deliver the catchphrase that let us know the hometown team had won: "And this one belongs to the Reds." 

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Governor Mike DeWine joins WVXU's Cincinnati Edition live at noon Tuesday.

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For 126 years, First Lutheran Church's bell tower has looked over Washington Park and Over-the-Rhine. But the iconic landmark's fate is in serious question.

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The name Isaac Woodard does not register the way those of other influential people of the American Civil Rights movement might, but his story is critical to the U.S. government's response to its treatment of Black people.

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The economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has hit women particularly hard. A January report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds 275,000 women left the labor force. And between August and September of 2020, of the 1.1 million people who left the workforce, more than 800,000 were women.

From as early as 1796 and the introduction of the first smallpox vaccine, people have shown apprehension to vaccines. In Maya Goldenberg's new book "Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise and The War on Science" she reframes vaccine hesitancy as a crisis of public trust rather than a war on science, arguing that having good scientific support of vaccine efficacy and safety is not enough.

On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review, live at noon:

Enquirer reporter Jessie Balmert reports from Columbus on lawmakers' elimination of nuclear subsidies in the controversial legislation known as House Bill 6; an exploration of whether a non-Trump-esque Republican can compete in the 2022 U.S. Senate race; and mass COVID-19 vaccination sites announced.


On Cincinnati Edition Thursday at noon, we spend the full hour talking politics with the Political Junkie Ken Rudin and Northern Kentucky University Associate Professor of Political Science Ryan Salzman, Ph.D.

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Among our topics Thursday:

Spring is officially here, and with it are warmer temperatures and more daylight.