Great Parks of Hamilton County

The site of the former estate of the late James N. Gamble in Westwood will become a park.

Great Parks of Hamilton County and the Greenacres Foundation have reached a deal on the 22 acres on Werk Road. A concept plan includes a nature trail, an urban ecology center and an education office, and a greenhouse and community garden.

Courtesy of Nan Whaley

Well, this could be awkward.

Two long-time friends and political allies, two Democratic mayors of neighboring cities, running against each other for the 2022 nomination for Ohio governor.

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Citicable / City of Cincinnati

A Cincinnati City Council committee Monday declined to vote on four ordinances from Mayor John Cranley that would appropriate federal stimulus money. The city is expected to receive about $290 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati is on track to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2050, a goal set by the Green Cincinnati Plan in 2018.

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Citizens and community activists gathered in front of U.S. Senator Rob Portman's Cincinnati office Monday advocating for a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Nan Whaley, the Democratic mayor of Dayton, has announced she's running for governor in 2022. Whaley has gained statewide and national attention for her response to several critical events in Dayton.

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Hamilton County's infant mortality rate dropped in 2020 to its lowest number since record keeping began in 1968. Cradle Cincinnati reports Black infant deaths dropped below the national average for the first time in more than 25 years, too.


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.

Central Ohio Sex Trafficking Sting Leads To 93 Arrests

Apr 18, 2021

A two-day human trafficking sting resulted in nearly 100 arrests around Central Ohio. Operation 614 comes on the heels of a new state law penalizing johns.

The Ohio Attorney General's office and law enforcement agencies carried out Operation 614 in Columbus and its surrounding suburbs on Wednesday and Thursday. Officers found 53 people coerced into sex trafficking and referred them to social services.

Law enforcement arrested 93 johns seeking to purchase sex. Those arrested included a registered sex offender on parole and those seeking sex with juveniles.

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David Zalubowski / AP

There is no "direct evidence" linking the death of a University of Cincinnati college student to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, an official said Friday afternoon.

Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco said a lot of speculation and misinformation on social media about the death of 21-year-old John Foley is not true. 

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Hamilton County

Hamilton County Commissioners passed five gender equity resolutions Thursday night, including a commitment to address gender- and race-based pay inequity in county employment. The resolutions are based on recommendations in an annual report from the Commission on Women and Girls.

A newly released poll suggests Kentucky has a good chance of reaching herd immunity with the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Herd immunity is achieved when a significant amount of the population is vaccinated or immune to infection. Experts believe herd immunity will be possible when that applies to 70-85% of the population. 

The poll found 71% of Kentucky adults have already received or intend to get the vaccine. The 29% of Kentuckians who said they hesitant to get the shot were more likely to be male, Republican, and live in suburban or rural communities.

Ben Chandler heads the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which funded the survey. He says much of the hesitancy toward the vaccine can be attributed to misinformation.

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Great Parks and Cohen Recycling's annual holiday light recycling program has broken a record for the second year in a row, collecting 15,700 pounds of lights, the cash value of which Cohen will donate to Great Parks. In 2019, residents donated 11,081 pounds of lights, a first for the partnership.


Cincinnati Council Member Wendell Young is under indictment for his part in the text messaging case involving four other city council members in 2018.

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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.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Apr. 14, 2021 meeting)

Nearly $50 million could go toward improving concurrent learning systems throughout Cincinnati Public Schools. This comes from a draft of the fiscal year 2022 budget that will be presented May 19.

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Nick Swartsell / WVXU

Cincinnati officials will apply for $34 million to establish an affordable housing loan pool. Council voted Wednesday to approve a pair of ordinances that also establish an oversight board for the loan pool and the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

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Jolene Almendarez / WVXU

Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey made national headlines after being the first openly LGBTQ sheriff in Ohio and running on a progressive platform. It's been 100 days since she took office and, she said during a Facebook Live Q&A, she's made changes for the betterment of the department and community.

Matt Rourke / AP

Hamilton County officials are encouraging people to get COVID-19 vaccinations despite the recent Janssen Johnson & Johnson pause. Commission Vice President Alicia Reece worries the pause will increase vaccine hesitancy, especially among African Americans.

Jim Nolan / WVXU

Two weeks before the May 4 mayoral primary, WVXU begins examining Cincinnati political corruption in a series called "Trust In Local Government – WVXU's Public Integrity Project."

Courtesy Kroger, Ocado

In a Monroe, Ohio, warehouse the size of seven football fields, 1,000 robots are getting the go-ahead to whiz around and collect your Kroger groceries in as little as six minutes for a 50-item order. (3 minutes to collect + 3 minutes to load into a van) This so-called "shed" is the first of 20 customer fulfillment centers in the U.S. the nation's largest grocery store chain has planned.

Cory Sharber / WVXU

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says the recent pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine isn't "helpful," but it shouldn't hinder the state's vaccine rollout.

The governor was in Erlanger Wednesday to congratulate St. Elizabeth Healthcare for administering its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

During a late Tuesday afternoon news conference, a dozen members of a union that represents Cincinnati State Technical and Community College laid out reasons why they deserve a raise.

Updated: 4:50 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2021

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City of Cincinnati

Full funding for the Western Hills Viaduct replacement could be secured by the end of the year. The $335 million project is about $210 million short.

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John Minchillo / AP

Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman criticized President Joe Biden's proposed infrastructure plan during a conference call Tuesday, saying most proposals in the bill "barely" go toward infrastructure.

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David Zalubowski / AP

Hamilton County's health commissioner says the pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocations won't hinder vaccine rollout in the region.

The CDC recommended pausing inoculations of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday out of an "abundance of caution" while an investigation is conducted into reports of apparently rare, potentially dangerous blood clots developing after some individuals received the vaccine.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Situated on the western edge of Butler County almost on the Indiana state line, Governor Bebb MetroPark is 262 acres of woods and meadow. Last fall, MetroParks of Butler County released a draft master plan. The announcement took neighbors and others by surprise, and they began pushing back.

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Timothy D. Easley / AP

Gov. Andy Beshear said he would lift several capacity restrictions currently in place across the state once 2.5 million Kentuckians get at least a first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. He said that represents about 70% of Kentucky residents currently eligible to get a vaccine.

Citicable / City of Cincinnati

Nearly 80 people spoke to Cincinnati council members Monday about how the city should spend $290 million in federal stimulus. It was the first of at least two public hearings at the Budget and Finance Committee.