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Cincinnati Children's Hospital
10:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Cincinnati Children's breaks ground on Family Pet Center

Tessie, a Jack Russell mix, came out to help Cincinnati Children's celebrate the new Family Pet Center.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

For young children fighting serious illnesses and practically living in a hospital, life can be very ruff, er, rough. Studies show interacting with animals boosts spirits and helps patients heal. Now Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is building a Family Pet Center to reunite long-term patients with the own pets.

The hospital says it is the first pediatric hospital in the country to build such a facility.

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Swifton Commons
10:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Bond Hill looks forward to Swifton redevelopment

The old Swifton Commons in Bond Hill is being redeveloped.
Ann Thompson WVXU

On Thursday, city crews began clearing parts of a shopping center site that has been a landmark in Bond Hill since the 1950's. Most recently called Jordan Crossing, Swifton Commons was the first mall in Cincinnati and one of the largest shopping centers in Ohio.

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City retirement
8:32 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Special Council session on city's pension system

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Cincinnati Council held another special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the city's troubled pension system. 


Like many plans around the country it has a large unfunded liability, meaning without changes eventually there won't be enough money to pay promised retiree benefits. 


Council Members Charlie Winburn and Christopher Smitherman called the meeting. 

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Economic development
3:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Cincinnati changing prevailing wages rule on projects

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Developers doing work in Cincinnati will have to pay prevailing wage on the entire construction project if the city is investing money in it.  

State law requires that rate for publicly funded portions of a project like parking garages and street improvements.  But the city's policy would go further.

Projects with less than 30 percent city investment will be exempted.  

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Hamilton County Commission
1:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Hamilton County considering raises for employees

Hamilton County Commissioners are considering wage increases for county employees but first they have to find the money.

Most county employees haven't had a raise in six years.

Board President Chris Monzel wants to institute merit-based increases beginning in July. Those would be contingent on the county administrator figuring out additional revenue sources.

Monzel wants to see how the Governor's budget shakes out before taking action.

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