Fireworks booming, but so is red tape
WASHINGTON - Sales are skyrocketing. Paperwork is exploding. Red tape is bursting out all over.
Trace of fireworks may delay your flight
Proud to be young Americans

'State of Eight' exhibit brings Ohio's presidential legacy home
Ohio still holds the title as Mother of Presidents. But after administrations marked by scandal, tragedy and mediocrity, the rest of the nation said eight is enough, and it's been eight decades since the last Ohioan occupied the White House.

New group to recruit for downtown
Mayor Charlie Luken today will appoint two high-profile Cincinnati corporate executives to oversee a new private, nonprofit group charged with sparking downtown's struggling economic development efforts.

W. Nile virus found in county
West Nile virus - the mosquito-borne illness that killed 31 people in Ohio last summer - has been detected in Hamilton County.

Lower threshold for DUI in effect
Starting today, if you're behind the wheel in Ohio with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher, you're legally drunk.

Howard: Some good news
For public awareness in Cincinnati, its new, 48-bedroom facility, and a series of events targeted to specific groups, the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House of Charities (RMHC) received a Best Bets Award at the group's International Conference in Chicago.

Korte: Inside City Hall
For years, it was said that everyone in Cincinnati was in favor of changing the way council members were elected - until they looked at alternate systems.

Pulfer: Water hazard
Guess who is lashing the Gulf Coast with wind and water? Bill. Not William. Not Mr. Potential Hurricane. Just plain Bill.

Junk food winning lunchtime battle
Sixth-grader Katie McGinnis took one look at the school cafeteria turkey sandwich and baby carrots and tossed them back in the brown bag.

Corps hears creek woes
SYMMES TWP. - More than 70 residents turned out at the township administration building Monday night to voice their concerns about flooding along Polk Run Creek.

Combs to face Cates in primary
HAMILTON - Courtney Combs, who has been a Butler County commissioner for almost 17 years, and Ohio Rep. Gary Cates will battle each other for the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat that will open up next year.

Butler officials want a full week
HAMILTON - Because of a longtime quirk in Butler County's employee policies, hundreds of county employees are being paid full-time but are required to work only 35 hours per week.

Man indicted in EMT fraud case
LEBANON - A Miamisburg man made 15 to 17 emergency runs last year as an EMT with the Clearcreek Fire District before his bosses discovered that he was a fraud, prosecutors said Monday.

School funding inadequacies outlined during interview
FOREST PARK - A dozen years after a school-funding lawsuit was filed, Ohio still has an unconstitutional and inadequate system to fund its schools, says the executive director of a group trying to change it.

Kings Mills talks sidewalks
DEERFIELD TWP. - After years of discussions, the Kings Mills area of this Warren County township is another step closer to repairing and installing sidewalks.

Feds will withhold $403.7M if lawmakers don't pass school plan
COLUMBUS - The federal government is threatening to withhold up to $403.7 million in education money for Ohio if state lawmakers don't approve the state's school accountability plan by the start of the school year.

Tristate A.M. report
A Corryville man was indicted Monday on charges of soliciting sex from children after seeing their pictures on a "happy birthday" segment of a local television station's morning program.

'Miss Toni' worked with children in Avondale
Toni Lynn Loggins, resource coordinator for the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati at South Avondale Elementary, died June 18 at University Hospital. The Avondale resident was 44.

Gaps in security are targeted
HEBRON - Last week the Northern Kentucky Water District received for the first time an e-mail from the federal Department of Homeland Security.

No new leads reported in boating hit-and-run
DAYTON, Ky. - Police said there were no new developments Monday in the case of the speedboat that crashed into another boat Friday night on the Ohio River.

Split of abuse award explored
LOUISVILLE - A proposal on how to divide a $25.7 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville and 243 people claiming child sexual abuse drew complaints at a hearing Monday.

Doctors' insurance hot topic in race
FRANKFORT - Republican Ernie Fletcher on Monday said as governor he would push for a constitutional amendment aimed at limiting the cost of medical malpractice insurance for doctors.

Corvette fans celebrate sports car's 50th
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Corvette fans sang "Happy Birthday" to the sleek sports car Monday as the automobile celebrated its 50th anniversary with a cake.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
Brides-to-be hit Reading streets
READING - Every Saturday, brides-to-be travel to this gritty Mill Creek Valley town in search of the perfect wedding dress, the most dazzling tiara, a cake so delicious that not a crumb will be left.

Tracks want voters to get say on slots
Desperate to keep billions of dollars from bolting to Indiana, Ohio racetrack owners are reviving a plan left for dead in the Statehouse last week to install slot machines at the state's seven tracks.

West side guide
The 10th installment of our 'Great Neighborhoods' series showcases the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make the west side a great place to live.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorence
HamiltonLebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.West Chester

Priests and Sexual Misconduct
Four priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of sexual misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country. Click here for an archive of Enquirer reports.

Erpenbeck Investigation
Bill Erpenbeck was one of the Tristate's biggest home builders before his company crumbled in a bank fraud scandal that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.