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Community development
3:37 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Council delays vote on funding for Westwood Square

Artist rendering of proposed Westwood Civic Square
City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Council did not vote Wednesday on funding a feasibility study for the Westwood Civic Square project. 

The decision was delayed after the Westwood Civic Association said the plan needs more discussion. 

In a letter the group said right now it's not for or against the project.  Becky Weber with the association spoke to Council.

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City parking
12:23 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Judge extends restraining order on Cincy parking lease

A Hamilton County judge is extending a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing Cincinnati officials from signing a proposal to lease most of the city's parking facilities to the Port Authority.  

Judge Robert Winkler issued the order Wednesday extending the TRO until April 3.  

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Jail overcrowding
11:58 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Sheriff Neil closes jail revolving door

Sheriff Neil gave the media a rare behind the scenes tour at the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says he is keeping his two campaign promises:

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Community development
11:30 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Money coming to Westwood for civic square

Artist rendering of proposed Westwood Civic Square
City of Cincinnati

Update:  Westwood Civic Association has asked the city to not move forward with this project until it gets the answers needed to make an informed decision.

In an e-mail the group says, "Please understand Westwood Civic is not for or against the project, we need more information and we want to involve more of the citizens, business owners etc. from the neighborhood.  This project should not go forward until we hear from more of you and our business owners."

A Westwood Civic representative will be addressing Council prior to a vote on the funding issue.

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Politics
9:48 am
Wed March 20, 2013

FitzGerald to headline Democratic event here

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson
Michael Keating

Hamilton County Democrats will get a look at their only active candidate for Ohio governor on April 11, when Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is the featured speaker at a county party fundraising reception.

FitzGerald, the 44-year-old former mayor of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, announced last week he was forming an exploratory committee for a run for Ohio governor in 2014, when the Republican incumbent, John Kasich is up for re-election.

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