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A Bond Hill church hosts the viewings for Judge Nathaniel Jones this week. Jones died over the weekend of congestive heart failure. He was 93.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Funeral services for retired Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune will be Monday, Feb. 3, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati.

sweethearts candy
Chitose Suzuki / AP

After a break last year, a favorite Valentine's Day candy is back - but things aren't the same.

In more than 30 states, it is illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without first disclosing their status. Some are now pushing to change that, arguing that the laws are actually endangering public health.

More than 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and their HIV status could conceivably put them behind bars. That's what happened to Michael Holder.

"I served 8 1/2 years in prison and three years after on parole," Holder says.

nathaniel jones todd portune
Courtesy of WCPO and the City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati lost two pillars of the community this weekend.

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Emily Maxwell / WCPO

Retired federal judge and local civil rights icon Nathaniel Jones has passed away. 

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Todd Portune, who spent nearly 30 years in local office, died at his home in Green Township Saturday, according to a statement from his family. He was 61.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The financing plan is now in place for The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority Board to acquire and demolish the former Millennium Hotel in Downtown Cincinnati.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Hiring is underway for this year's census and local leaders say the work could lead to more jobs and additional federal spending down the road. Cincinnati's mayor and the Hamilton County commission president are touting the 2020 Census, hoping to get 100% participation.

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Miami University plans to eliminate 40 staff jobs in July.

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John Minchillo / AP

Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, despite losing the popular vote, because three states - Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan - gave him wins by paper-thin margins, while Ohio went for Trump by eight percentage points. That was enough to push Trump over the 270 electoral vote threshold he needed to defeat Hillary Clinton.

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Ng Han Guan / AP

Updated Friday 10:30 a.m.

In ancient times, a beast swept through a village eating crop, livestock and people on New Year's Eve. A wise old man told the villagers the beast fears red, fire and loud firecracker noises. So, villagers put red lanterns and banners at the entrance of their homes and played with firecrackers to scare the beast away.

Courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Despite high hopes based on her denning behaviors, the Cincinnati Zoo confirmed early this month the polar bear named "Anana" is not pregnant. Now, the agency that oversees the polar bear Species Survival Plan is recommending a new mate.

The chair of Ohio’s New African Immigrants Commission says "it just doesn't make a lot of sense" that President Trump could include Nigeria, the native country of a growing number of Columbus residents, in a planned expansion of his travel ban policy.

fiona 3rd birthday
Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Updated: 3:44 p.m.

When you're the darling of Cincinnati a simple sheet cake just won't do. Fiona the hippo turns three on Friday and she celebrated a day early with a tiered confection combining all her favorite treats.

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Former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Mark Curnutte shares a powerful memory of attending Church of the Resurrection in Bond Hill after his recovery from cancer. In the church, he is embraced as he weeps, overcome with emotion. He uses this moment to reflect on his decades of reporting in a new book Across the Color Line: Reporting 25 Years in Black Cincinnati.

Ron Pack

When it comes to a particular type of stroke, new research suggests younger black or Latino people may experience better outcomes than whites.

President Trump has often surrounded himself with lawyers whom he sees as being good on television. But Pat Cipollone, the attorney who will play a leading role in Trump's Senate impeachment trial defense, is better known for working behind the scenes.

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Warren Lee May / Wikimedia Commons

Avondale residents are one step closer to having a comprehensive plan for the neighborhood.

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Courtesy of Plush Family

Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman has overruled a motion by the city of Cincinnati to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Kyle Plush. But the city is looking to the Court of Appeals, filing its request just hours after Ruehlman's decision.

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