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The judge in the case against five Cincinnati City Council members who broke Ohio law by secretly texting each other said they "should resign'' and return to taxpayers the $101,000 the city will pay for their transgressions.

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Cincinnati Council has OK'd a motion asking city administrators to study making Election Day in November a paid holiday for city workers. A similar ordinance for workers to trade Election Day for President's Day was held on the agenda.

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If Sandusky, Ohio, blazes a trail, does Cincinnati follow?

We may soon find out.

Cincinnati has reached an agreement with a plaintiff who filed a lawsuit against five Cincinnati City Council members accusing them of violating the state's open meeting law with a series of text messages.

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The Over-the-Rhine Senior Center will continue to operate at its current location on Race Street for the time being.

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After fears that the Over-the-Rhine Senior Service Center would have to close, there is a new plan to keep it open. Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld will ask Cincinnati City Council to make a one-time $50,000 grant to the center for operating costs. The center needs approximately $100,000 a year for its operation. Cincinnati Area Senior Services (CASS), which runs the center at 1720 Race Street, came up short of those costs due to cuts in funding. 

Five Cincinnati City Council members could soon be deposed in a lawsuit accusing them of holding secret meetings.  

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Cincinnatians are invited to review and vote on different ideas to improve the community Monday night at a "Policy Pitch Night."

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Cincinnati Public Radio's WVXU-FM and WGUC-FM are looking for new studios in anticipation of the eventual demolition of the Crosley Telecommunications Center.

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Cincinnati Council has approved an ordinance banning the possession, use, or sale of bump stocks in the city, effective immediately.  The measure passed Wednesday by a 7-2 vote.

The text messages, which council members P.G. Sittenfeld, Greg Landsman, Tamaya Dennard, Wendell Young and Chris Seelbach believed would stay private, were released as part of a lawsuit by the conservative group Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes.

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A tentative deal is in place for FC Cincinnati to build a soccer-specific stadium in the West End, likely bringing the team one step closer to a Major League Soccer franchise, if approved.

Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld announced his support of an FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End, unlocking a key vote for the embattled stadium to move forward in the neighborhood. 

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about what happened in last Tuesday's election; and what the next four years might look like at Cincinnati City Hall. 

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Born in Cincinnati in 1922, Doris Day, originally Doris Kappelhoff, started her career as a singer in local clubs and on WLW radio, then went on to become one of the biggest stars of the Big Band Era, Hollywood and television.

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As in many areas of the country, the number of people age 60 and older in our region is increasing. Earlier this year the City of Cincinnati created the "Golden Cincinnati Initiative" to support our aging population. The nine points in the initiative address issues ranging from zoning to pedestrian safety to medical emergency responses.

If you are a baseball hitter and you have a game where you go 0-4 – no base hits in four at-bats – you're not a happy camper.

But you are not totally despondent. In baseball, there is usually a game tomorrow and you have a chance to go 4-4.

Does the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) seriously think that Republican incumbent Steve Chabot is vulnerable next year in southwest Ohio's First Congressional District?

Apparently so.

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Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing and medical care. 

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Cincinnati officials are ready to fight a Duke Energy proposal that would end sending employees to customers' homes before shutting off their electric for unpaid bills.  

Duke filed a request with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) earlier this year asking for a waiver. The company proposes instead to notify customers via text message or phone call.  

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Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld is in Washington, D.C. Tuesday for a meeting at the White House on gun violence.

Sittenfeld will be part of session with Vice President Joe Biden and officials from state and local governments

Cincinnati Council could approve a resolution Wednesday committing the city to make decisions protecting the environmental health of residents, especially the most vulnerable.  

The Education and Entrepreneurship committee approved the item Tuesday.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Ted Strickland's refusal to debate P.G. Sittenfeld in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary; and the coming appointment of a new Hamilton County commissioner. 

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It hasn’t happened often since former Ohio governor Ted Strickland and Cincinnati council member P.G. Sittenfeld began running against each other for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination early this year.

Monday night, the two were in the same room at the same place at the same time – a Hamilton County Democratic Party fall fundraiser at Longworth Hall.

And they might as well have been 200 miles apart.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the struggle of Cincinnati's P.G. Sittenfeld to catch up with Ted Strickland in Ohio's U.S. Senate primary. 

Sometimes, when we think about P.G. Sittenfeld and his long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. senator from Ohio, an old Frank Sinatra novelty song becomes our ear-worm of the day:

 WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Ohio's U.S. Senate race; and how the outlook seems to have improved for incumbent Republican Rob Portman's re-election chances. 

It must be somewhat frustrating to be P.G. Sittenfeld these days.

The 30-year-old second-term Cincinnati council member is a candidate for the 2016 Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Rob Portman.

When he jumped in, he was hailed by many as a fresh new face, representing a new generation of young Ohio Democrats determined to bring the party back from the dead.

A potential U.S. Senate race in Ohio between Democratic challenger Ted Strickland and Republican incumbent Rob Portman is nearly a dead heat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday morning.

After months of Strickland, the former governor, holding a substantial lead over Portman, the race now has 44 percent supporting the Democrat and 41 percent supporting Portman.

Ohio will obviously be a key state in next year's presidential election, but it will also have a key role to play in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked Monday morning with news director Maryanne Zeleznik about that already contentious race. 

There are many odd things about this battle within the ranks of Ohio Democrats over the U.S. Senate seat, with 30-year-old P.G. Sittenfeld, the council member from Cincinnati, taking on the 74-year-old former governor and congressman, Ted Strickland.

First, there is the fact that Sittenfeld, despite having the entire Ohio Democratic Party structure lined up against him, and the national party too, shows absolutely no sign of dropping out of the race against Strickland who has the lead not only in name recognition but in money raised.

But that’s not the strangest thing.

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