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Economic development
3:25 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Reviewing Cincinnati's policies for tax abatements and incentives

Cincinnati officials often get many questions about offering tax breaks and incentives to companies to bring jobs and businesses to the city.  

Council's Rules and Audit Committee got an overview Tuesday of such programs and the results.  

Jeff McElravy is the Interim Director of the city's Trade and Development Department.  He described the balance with offering company's job creation tax credits.

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Politics
1:03 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

FitzGerald and the Democratic ticket bring bus tour to Cincinnati

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald talks with supporter at Washington Park rally
Credit Howard Wilkinson

Trailing in the polls and the contest for campaign dollars, Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald brought most of the statewide Democratic ticket with him Tuesday morning for a rally in Cincinnati's Washington Park, one of the last stops on a eight-city bus tour of the state.

There were about 75 supporters who showed up for the morning event, but FitzGerald sees the “Tour to Restore Ohio” as a way of making up for the lack of financial resources and drumming up enthusiasm among the Democratic base in Ohio.

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Public Health
10:55 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Children's Hospital gets $3.5 million to battle infant mortality

Credit USAID

Children's Hospital will use a five-year, $3.5 million grant in its bid to reduce Cincinnati's high infant mortality rate.

The money is part of a Health Start grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will be used to create a neighborhood-based team that will find women in need of medical services and then connect them to those services. Follow up care with home visits and social service agencies will also be included.

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Transportation
4:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Is Cincinnati getting high-speed rail service to Chicago?

Credit allaboardohio.org

"All Aboard Ohio" is pushing for high speed rail to connect parts of Ohio and Indiana with Chicago.

Group member Pete Witte says the current rail service is inconvenient and takes too long. Driving can be costly when you factor in $50/day to park, and airlines are scaling back on short-haul flights. He says economic growth is a key factor with other big cities like St. Louis, Columbus and Cleveland studying similar lines.

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Hamilton County Coroner
1:05 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Coroner's office has broken body cooler

Credit Sarah Ramsey

On top of needing a new facility, Hamilton County's Coroner has a new problem -  one of the county's two body coolers broke over the weekend.

The county coroner, Lakshmi Sammarco, told the county commissioners this morning that the compressor on the cooler went out around 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Sammarco said the estimated repair cost would be $20,000.

For now her office has moved all the bodies into the backup cooler which is normally used only for decomposed remains.

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