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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear approved a new funding stream Tuesday to help establish a wildlife refuge in Western Kentucky.

Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

Ohio's EdChoice voucher program is making headlines for a recent change that has meant a 400% increase in the number of public schools where students qualify for private school vouchers. While this is due to the number of school buildings now considered to be "failing," one district is facing a different kind of problem under the new rules: Middletown is one district that saw all of its 10 schools on the state's "failing" list, potentially making every student in the district eligible for a voucher.

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Courtesy of Dave Yost

Cincinnati Edition talks with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (@ohioag) about his goals for the new year and his efforts to safeguard consumer data, initiatives to combat human trafficking, and cases involving opioids and robocalls.

Courtesy of Norwood City Schools

A Norwood Middle School teacher is in the running to be named the 2020 Teacher of the Year. Leila Kubesch was named Ohio's Teacher of the Year in October, putting her in the running for the national title bestowed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Courtesy of City of Cincinnati

A Cincinnati City Council committee did not vote Tuesday on a tax incentive agreement with Cincinnati Public Schools that Mayor John Cranley introduced last week.

A new Pew Charitable Trusts report shows Kentucky’s spending on Medicaid has increased since the recession, but remains below the national average. The study looked at how much Medicaid spending takes up of each state’s revenue.

 

Pew found Medicaid consumed a greater portion of state revenue across the country from 2000 to 2017. Justin Theal, with Pew, said the organization studies the issue for a couple of reasons.


The Ohio primary is set for March 17th this year. In addition to the race for the White House, Democrats and Republicans  will be choosing their respective party’s candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.  One district to watch this year is the 13th district in Northeast Ohio, a traditionally Democratic district with a Democratic incumbent, where President Donald Trump had a very strong showing in 2016.

Everyone retires someday.

It's a fact of life — one that folks usually come to terms with in their mid- to late 60s. Unless, of course, you're running for president. Or Clint Eastwood.

There's one man, though, who makes a whippersnapper like Eastwood look like a novice: Bob Vollmer, who, at 102 years old, is only now considering putting his feet up after nearly six decades at Indiana's Department of Natural Resources.

Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

It was a bit of a whim. Then a senior in high school, Serena Pisacano was in full college scholarship application mode when she remembered the deadline for applying to be featured on a Girl Scout cookie box. She dashed off her forms and three months later, learned she'd been selected.

Mapping Out The Toxic Wastewater Discharges Along The Ohio River

Jan 20, 2020
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Leigh Taylor / Eye on Ohio

All Tim Guilfoile wants to do is fish. Before his retirement, he had two careers: one in business and one in water quality activism. Now, he serves as the director of marketing and communications for Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers. "We fly fish for bass, blue gill, striped bass and others. Not just trout. I fish on the Ohio River."

Will he eat the fish he catches in the Ohio River?

"Oh God, no!" he said.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

A new assisted living facility in Blue Ash is helping people better understand memory loss with a simple simulation open to the community.

jim neil
Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

Hamilton County Democratic Party leaders did something Saturday morning that is extremely rare in local politics – they yanked the party endorsement of an incumbent elected official – in this case, Sheriff Jim Neil.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Songs that carried the Freedom Movement will be center stage Monday as a music historian examines how it scripted a "narrative of liberation." This Music Hall MLK program culminates a day that begins with a Freedom Center breakfast, a Fountain Square prayer service and a march.

When former President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998, Senator Sherrod Brown was a representative in the U.S. House. Now as a Senator, he’ll be a juror in the trial of President Trump—deciding whether the impeached president should be removed from office.

Brown says the process has been much different this time.

A new study found that Kentucky is the worst state in the nation to retire. The study by the personal finance website WalletHub is based on factors including affordability, health care, and overall quality of life. 

The survey also ranked states on whether they have an elder-friendly labor market, because many older adults continue to work at least part-time to make ends meet.   

Kentucky’s rank of 48 in health care, and 46 in quality of life, helped drag it to the bottom of the list.


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John Minchillo / AP

Earlier this week, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was interviewed on Cincinnati Edition by host Michael Monks on several subjects, including Portman's role as a juror in the upcoming Senate trial of President Trump on impeachment charges.

Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

After more than a year of debate, the city and the Cincinnati Public School board have come to terms on a new 10-year tax abatement agreement.

Robert White / Courtesy of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

A newly released survey of Greater Cincinnati's Jewish community indicates the population is stable. The study, conducted in 2019, provides an update from the last one in 2008.

kara kish
Courtesy of Cincinnati Parks

The acting Cincinnati Parks director now has the job full-time. Park Board Commissioners named Kara Kish as the permanent director at a meeting Thursday morning. Kish has been interim director since October, when Wade Walcutt announced his resignation. Kish will oversee 125 employees who maintain 5,000 acres of public park space.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The 2020 Cincinnati Women's March will take place downtown on Saturday, Jan. 18 and will cause some road closures. 

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