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View of Cincinnati from the mouth of the Licking River. Economist Richard Stock says more and more people are taking the trip down I-75 for work.
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The city council has declared Cincinnati as a "sanctuary city," a label that isn't legally defined but typically indicates reduced cooperation with federal immigration authorities on some matters involving people who are in the U.S. illegally.

It's mostly symbolic. Mayor John Cranley has said Cincinnati has long welcomed immigrants and will continue to support them, but won't break federal law.

Supporters and opponents of the move packed the council meeting.

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At a panel discussion event Wednesday in downtown Dayton, a group of prominent business developers, Wright-Patterson Air Force, government and education officials called for new ways of thinking to promote increased economic growth in the Miami Valley. The discussion, organized for the Dayton Development Coalition's 2017 annual meeting, also included proposals to improve Ohio’s education system to prepare more workers for highly skilled manufacturing and technology jobs.

Opioid Fentanyl Is Raising Concerns In Ohio

Feb 1, 2017
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The Community Overdose Action Team has issued an alert about the escalating use fentanyl, and similar drugs.

 

Increased use of the illegally processed synthetic opioid has raised the concerns of county officials even higher. They say a Fentanyl derivative has been found locally that is reported to be 15 times stronger than morphine.

 

Amazon Opts For CVG Over Wilmington Air Park For Hub

Feb 1, 2017
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Amazon will invest $1.49 billion in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport for its first air cargo hub. According to Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, the move by the tech-giant is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs.

Amazon’s Prime Air hub in Hebron, KY will support the Seattle based e-retailer’s fleet of Prime Air cargo planes by loading, unloading and sorting packages.

According to the company’s press release, they began leasing 40 planes for their Amazon Prime shipping service with 16 currently in operation.

 

Artist rendering of new entrance at the Clark County Public Library in Downtown Springfield
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The Clark County Public Library in downtown Springfield has a new look. The library is undergoing major renovations as part of a 2.6 million dollar project designed to make the building more accessible to patrons. The update includes a newly remodeled entrance. Lead Architect Steve Sharp says visitors found the old entrance confusing.

"People really couldn’t tell how to get into the building really well" says Sharp. "We wanted to make a splashy statement that says look this is how you come into the library.  And to me this was a very satisfying and fun project."

Human Race to Debut "26 Pebbles," An Exploration of Tragedy and Hope

Feb 1, 2017
Playwright Eric Ulloa with his first interview subject Joanie.
Eric Ulloa

In the aftermath of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, actor and writer Eric Ulloa went to Newtown, Connecticut and asked the residents five questions. The answers became Ulloa’s first play, "26 Pebbles". The title reflects the 26 deaths, described by one local resident as “pebbles thrown into a pond” which created ripples that captured the attention of the entire nation.

Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in Beavercreek Tuesday to highlight his final budget proposal as state governor. The $66.9 billion, two-year budget plan was released on Monday.

Kasich chose the Riverside Research firm as his backdrop to talk about the new budget’s focus on technology and data analytics.

 

"This drive towards technology, towards innovation, towards excitement, towards employment, towards changing the very face of the the great state of Ohio, is really where we want to be,” Kasich said.  

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Lawmakers are now sifting through the latest budget proposal from Gov. John Kasich. His nearly $144 billion plan features another income tax cut through restructured brackets and rates along with increased income tax exemptions.

However, Kasich is once again pushing for a broader sales tax that expands to services such as cable TV, landscaping and elective plastic surgery.

Kasich says, besides balancing a federal budget, achieving tax reform is the hardest sell.

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The final day of open enrollment for most insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is Tuesday, Jan. 31, and health care advocates are encouraging Ohioans to sign up for plans before it's too late.

A coalition of Miami Valley doctors, business owners, students and lawmakers is taking this message on the road with the cross-country Save My Care Bus Tour, designed to push Congress to preserve the federal health insurance law. President Trump and some GOP lawmakers have vowed to repeal at least part of the Affordable Care Act.

Wright State University
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It was a hectic weekend for international education coordinators at Dayton-area universities. Since President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., some are scrambling to figure out the next steps for their affected students.

Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, the director of the Center for International Education at Wright State University, says there’s been a lot of confusion surrounding the executive order.

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