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Cincinnati Parks
3:37 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Cincinnati loses Shark Girl to Buffalo

Shark Girl and her sculptor Casey Millard in Cincinnati in August, 2013.

Shark Girl didn't even have time to say goodbye before the Cincinnati sculpture was whisked away to New York. The Buffalo News reports the Albright-Knox Art Gallery bought the publicly-funded sculpture for an undisclosed sum of money from the artist who made it, Casey Millard.

Shark Girl had been displayed along Cincinnati's riverfront.

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Icon tax
6:31 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Museum Center Board endorses sales tax, Task Force still committed to finding Music Hall solution

Members of Cincinnati Museum Center Board of Trustees are endorsing a five year, quarter-cent sales tax proposal placed on the ballot by the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.  The group made the announcement Friday morning during a press conference.

The $170 million issue will make repairs to Union Terminal.  

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Transportation
4:37 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Labor Day travel up, heat could cause problems (Plus Riverfest traffic details)

The 2013 Riverfest fireworks.
Credit Instagram.com/Tana Weingartner / WVXU

This week's high temperatures are already causing headaches for travelers. AAA's Cheryl Parker reports roadside emergency assistance calls are up eight percent and flat tire calls are up 21 percent heading into the holiday weekend.

"If you have low tire inflation the heat can expedite the flattening of that tire and it can drain your battery terminal," says Parker. "Just like the heat affects your body when you don't get enough water or there's too much heat on your body, it does the same thing to your vehicle."

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Education
2:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Wilberforce University names new board leadership

The nation's oldest historically black private university has a new board chairman. Wilberforce University near Dayton is tapping Mark Wilson to lead its Board of Trustees.

Wilson is the CEO of eVerifile.

John Miller will take over as vice chairman. He's currently the president and CEO of Denny's.

Wilberforce is in the process of hiring a new university president. A spokesperson says the search is ongoing.

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Environment
12:34 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Coal units come off-line sooner than expected at Duke plant

Duke Energy is moving up the timeline on plans to shut down its remaining coal-fired units at its New Richmond plant.

Duke says it will retire the last two coal-fired units at the W.C. Beckjord Station on Monday, September 1. The company announced the plan to move away from coal three years ago, but the units weren't scheduled to be fully offline until January 2015.

It will take several years to completely decommission the coal units.

Oil-fired combustion units and the substation, transmission and distribution operations at Beckjord will continue.

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