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A week after a Hamilton County sales tax was withdrawn, commissioners are bracing for a budget based on deep cuts.

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Hamilton County voters won't get a chance this November to decide on whether they want to increase the sales tax next year. And they likely won't have to worry about paying two-tenths of a cent more during purchases in 2019 either. Commissioners rescinded the sales tax increase, under threat of a lawsuit.

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Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has to submit a Phase Two plan for consent decree work by Saturday, but the two organizations that own and operate the utility are still negotiating over what to submit.

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The federal judge overseeing the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) consent decree has again told Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders to work together. Judge Michael Barrett says if the two entities can't, he'll make decisions and they probably won't like them.

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We may find out next week if Futbol Club Cincinnati will win its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. But what will a new soccer stadium actually cost Cincinnati taxpayers, and how will it affect the West End community? Cincinnati City Council Member Christopher Smitherman calls for a return to two-year council terms. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune attends his first commission meeting while continuing rehab from his leg amputation. And possible changes are coming to the Cincinnati streetcar.

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Todd Portune is back to work—sort of. The Hamilton County commission president has been hospitalized since his left leg was amputated April 16. Commissioners held a meeting at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday morning to accommodate him.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune will have his left leg amputated to rid his body of cancer.

Hamilton County commissioners may ask the county prosecutor to investigate steps the board can take to curb gun violence.

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Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune outlined the county's successes and challenges during the annual State of the County address.

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This week an independent consultant recommended major changes to the pension systems that cover most of Kentucky's public workers. The controversy over Confederate memorials continues in the Commonwealth as African-American leaders call for the removal of a statue of Jefferson Davis from the capital.

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Many people in greater Cincinnati rely on public transit to get to work every day. But a University of Cincinnati study finds 75,000 jobs in our region are not easily accessible by Metro bus service, which is facing a $31.3 million deficit next year. 

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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The Hamilton County commission president touched on some familiar goals during his annual State of the County speech Thursday.

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Democratic challenger Denise Driehaus barely edged out Republican incumbent Dennis Deters Tuesday night for a seat on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. 

Two of the three seats on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners are up for election this year; and at stake is the balance of power between the majority Republicans and the lone Democrat on the commission.

The race between Democratic state representative Denise Driehaus, who is term-limited out of the legislature, and Republican Dennis Joseph Deters, a former Colerain Township trustee who was appointed commissioner when Greg Hartmann resigned in December, is the one that has drawn most of the money and attention this fall.

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There are two seats up for election next month on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners

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Hamilton County Commissioners appear likely to approve a utility service fee to help pay for the 911 emergency dispatch center. 

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State Representative Denise Driehaus is officially launching her campaign for Hamilton County Commission. She's running to unseat incumbent commissioner, and commission president, Greg Hartmann.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune believes there could be federal money coming for the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge. 

Ohio and Kentucky have been looking for funding without counting on federal assistance.  But Portune says right now both the House and the Senate are working on a multi-year transportation bill that could help.

  Most people assume that next year is the year when the presidential campaign and the U.S. Senate race suck all of the air out of the room in Ohio.

You won’t hear about anything else, especially in Hamilton County, which will end up being one of the most sought-after prizes in the Buckeye State by the presidential campaigns, and by both U.S. Senate candidates.

But they won’t suck quite all of the air out of the room in Hamilton County.

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