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The Federal Reserve last month issued an order for Reserve Banks to ration their coin inventories. The move came as the COVID-19 pandemic "significantly disrupted" normal coin supply chains and circulation.

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Amateur and professional astronomers are excited about the appearance of a comet in the early morning sky. The comet NEOWISE was first noticed in March, and named for the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope that spotted it.

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Governor Andy Beshear has mandated Kentuckians wear masks in public, as coronavirus infections surge around the state and country.

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Discoveries over the past few decades have changed our understanding of the Maya civilization. An exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center explores hundreds of years of culture and innovation.

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The Hamilton County jail and the health agency that treats inmates are watching an uptick in the number of COVID cases.

Updated July 10 at 7:45 a.m. ET

Ohio state Rep. Nino Vitale is urging his constituents not to get tested for the coronavirus, flouting advice from health officials — and from another Republican lawmaker, Gov. Mike DeWine.

"This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested," Vitale wrote on Facebook this week. "STOP GETTING TESTED!"

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says after Congress passed the first pandemic relief bill, he thought the smart thing to do was to re-evaluate the situation in July. "We're now in July." McConnell says there's a high likelihood there will be a third, final rescue package. He toured a COVID-19 testing lab in Covington Thursday morning.

A Black man's report of an assault by white men in an Indiana state park has triggered an FBI investigation. Vauhxx Booker, an activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, says the men beat him and threatened him with a noose. The confrontation was partly recorded on video by witnesses whom Booker credits with saving him.

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Why is Mariemont pronounced MARY-mont? Who named Loveland and Pisgah? Where was the college in College Hill? What did Knowlton and Peebles do to get their namesake Cincinnati corners?

And who the heck was Brent Spence, anyway?

Bill Rinehart, WVXU reporter and host of All Things Considered on weekday afternoons, sets out to answer in a new feature called OKI Wanna Know.

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Need to socially distance? How about a trip down the Ohio River? A new digital guide from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) now makes it easier to navigate the waterway by boat, bike or car.

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Starting Wednesday at 6 p.m., people in Hamilton County must wear masks in public spaces to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

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The amount of COVID-19 testing in Hamilton County has climbed significantly. Interim Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman says by the end of Wednesday, about 6,000 people will have been tested at pop-up sites run by the Ohio National Guard alone. But the increase has overwhelmed other functions.

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Leasing slowed down and costs went up for a senior housing facility in Centerville during the pandemic, as was the case for similar businesses worldwide. So Randall Residence went to state agencies which had already loaned it money, like The Port, to ask for more.

A group of voters and advocacy groups are suing to get Kentucky to continue offering mail-in voting to all eligible voters during the November General Election.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams expanded mail-in voting ahead of Kentucky’s June 23rd primary election in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

But no arrangements have been made to continue allowing all Kentucky voters to cast ballots by mail on November 3.

Professors’ unions at Wright State and Miami University are warning of problems to come when students return to campus this fall. 

More than a dozen chapters of the American Association of University Professors have signed an open letter to college administrators, warning of a potential “superspreader event” as campuses reopen.

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Work continues on creating an 8-foot tall bronze statue honoring the "Cincinnati Cobra," Ezzard Charles. Like everything else this year, it seems, progress is delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cincinnati is joining Dayton and Columbus in requiring people to wear facial coverings at indoor establishments to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The full City Council approved the ordinance by a 7-2 vote on July 3. It takes effect July 9.

The future of the Cincinnati streetcar's ridership opportunities appears to be uncertain now, but a recent analysis found that $1 billion in investments have taken place within a thousand feet of the streetcar line.

Kentucky’s Senior U.S. Senator, Republican Mitch McConnell, was in Kentucky Monday to talk about the $12 billion in CARES Act funding received by the state. McConnell’s first stop was at the Dare to Care food bank in Louisville, a nonprofit that received a Payroll Protection Program loan, where he spoke with reporters and greeted workers.

McConnell pointed to the food bank as one of the 47,000 small businesses in the state to receive a PPP loan, totaling $5.2 billion in federal funds.  At the first press conference, McConnell said he expects another federal relief package to get approval sometime in July, as the pandemic is “clearly not over”, he said. COVID-19 has been surging in states like Arizona, Texas and Florida. The senate majority leader said he thinks the next aid bill must address issues like healthcare, jobs, getting kids back in school and liability protection.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Health will issue a public health order requiring face masks in public in seven counties where the spread of COVID-19 is considered most severe.

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