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The Cincinnati Park Board has approved a $6.9 million contract to expand Smale Riverfront Park. It will also serve as the outdoor concert area for the new music venue being built at The Banks. 

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An Academy Award winner is bringing real snow to The Banks in Cincinnati.

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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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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced Thursday he'll be leaving the board by the end of the year.

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The Hamilton County Commission approved an alternate plan Tuesday that will allow a music venue to be built at The Banks without moving a riverfront concrete company.

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The Hamilton County Commissioners are pledging to move forward with a project to build a music venue at The Banks despite action at Cincinnati City Hall Wednesday that threatens the plan.  

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After weeks of contentious negotiations and heated public hearings, Cincinnati council could make a decision Wednesday on moving a concrete plant to Queensgate to allow a music venue at The Banks.  

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Disagreements continue between Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials about proposals to relocate a concrete plant on the riverfront to make space for a music venue at The Banks.

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President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena, drawing supporters and protestors downtown. 

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Negotiations to move a concrete manufacturing plant west of Paul Brown Stadium to make way for a music venue at The Banks are not going well based on letters traded between the parties earlier this week.

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Plans for a music venue at The Banks continue to take shape even as a deal to relocate Hilltop Basic Resources remains unfinished.

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The SkyStar wheel at The Banks might not be around for much longer. The owners are in talks with Hamilton County to replace it with a larger wheel.

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Construction on the parking garages to support what could be a music venue at The Banks begins in August. But the future of the actual venue east of Paul Brown Stadium depends on relocating Hilltop Basic Resources, west of the stadium.  

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A new date, a new location, but the same quality blues return to the Cincinnati riverfront on July 13 when this year's Cincy Blues Fest takes over the Schmidlapp Lawn next to Moerlein Lager House at The Banks

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Newport's $40-million music venue could put a local business in jeopardy.

Ovation is an indoor/outdoor music venue that will sit on Newport's riverfront across from Cincinnati's planned music venue at The Banks.

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Updated: 7:20 p.m.

Hilltop Basic Resources proposed a land swap with the city of Cincinnati that would allow the company to move from its current location next to Paul Brown Stadium to make way for a music venue at The Banks.

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Cincinnati City Council Wednesday approved a financing plan that will allow construction of a music venue at The Banks to move forward.

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Updated April 11, 2:24 p.m.

Hamilton County commissioners are giving the go-ahead to a financing plan to advance a music venue at The Banks. The board voted 2-1 with Commissioner Stephanie Summerow Dumas dissenting, though she declined to say why.