Courtney Francisco, WCPO

Courtney Francisco


Cincinnati, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Courtney:

Miami student threw 20-person house party a week after COVID-19 diagnosis

An Oxford police officer asked him if he should be quarantining. The answer: "Yeah. That’s why I’m at my house." → Read More

How's Ohio's medical marijuana industry, four years later?

It's been four years since medical marijuana became legal in Ohio, but the industry has been slow to take off despite serving more than 125,000 Ohioans with medical marijuana cards. → Read More

ODNR: Man drowned at East Fork Lake beach Monday morning

The man was drowning in shallow water, so rescue crews formed a human chain from the beach to pull the man to shore, said Lt. Michael Stewart, with the ODNR. → Read More

Sheriff: Officer Jordan on long road to recovery following Monday's shootout

Officials said Jordan was shot in the hand, tricep and leg. His K9 partner, Koda, was not injured. → Read More

How do in-person classes look amid pandemic?

Classes and lunchtime look a lot different this year for students at Mount Auburn Preparatory Academy. → Read More

Viral videos show UC students partying, raise fears about COVID-19 on campus

Videos making the rounds online show what appears to be University of Cincinnati students partying in large crowds, with no masks, less than a week into the new school year. → Read More

Kentucky parents hope Gov. Beshear OKs high school sports plan

Parents from Northern Kentucky and across the commonwealth are gathered outside the capitol Monday afternoon as Gov. Andy Beshear gives his daily update on COVID-19. They want Beshear to allow sports to resume this school year. → Read More

Tax-free weekend is back for 2020

A lot of things have changed in 2020, but tax-free weekend is still the same, in more ways than one. → Read More

Private events industry taking huge hits amid pandemic

Crowded dance floors, drinks flowing into early morning hours and large company outings are a thing of the past for most businesses involved in private event planning, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and rules set down by leaders trying to stem the spread of the virus. → Read More

Bar, restaurant owners claim new liquor rule will throttle already-damaged businesses

Major players in the Cincinnati restaurant and bar industry said Friday afternoon they are seriously considering suing the state of Ohio over its new 10 p.m. cutoff for serving alcohol. → Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown proposes bill to ramp up domestic PPE production

Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown on Thursday announced a plan to ramp up domestic production of medical supplies, including masks, gloves, swabs, ventilators and surgical gear to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Jury trials to resume Monday with safeguards in place

Jury trials will resume Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court with safeguards against COVID-19 in place to protect attendees, the presiding judge announced Wednesday. → Read More

Cincinnati Public Schools hiring substitutes in spades for new school year

Covedale teacher Connie Campbell is high-risk and updating her will. In August, she and teachers across Cincinnati Public Schools will return to their classrooms in-person despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Ohio board considers standards for police during mass protests

An Ohio board is meeting to recommend new standards for law enforcement agencies to follow during mass protests like the ones in Cincinnati last spring. → Read More

Cincinnati Health Department increases COVID-19 testing in Latino community

The Cincinnati Health Department is amplifying its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Latino community. Starting Thursday, it will dedicate more resources to testing in Price Hill. → Read More

Two student-led groups at University of Cincinnati issue calls to action for racial equity

Another generation of students says the University of Cincinnati is carrying on a history of inequality, and they are pushing administrative leaders to make 20 specific changes. → Read More

Local nurse paid ultimate price so COVID-19 patients didn't die alone

"He wouldn't let somebody die without somebody there with them," said Bethany Moeddel, Matt's sister. → Read More

In-person classes would force 'fearful' CPS teachers to choose between health, livelihood

At a Monday meeting of the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education, dozens of teachers lobbied to delay the district’s scheduled reopening and switch to a fully virtual structure until the threat of COVID-19 is less severe. → Read More

Cincinnati Museum Center cautiously reopens after big losses

The Cincinnati Museum Center is one of the largest businesses to allow guests again. After nearly four months, CMC is ready for revenue after suffering multi-million dollar losses. → Read More

Ohio National Guard, Department of Public Safety working on plan to monitor soldiers' social media

After a soldier was accused of posting white supremacist ideals to a social media page, the Ohio National Guard said the Department Of Public Safety is working on a plan to monitor soldiers' social media accounts. → Read More