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Winter Bird Count
11:08 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Hamilton County Park District needs help for annual bird audit

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Hamilton County Parks is looking for volunteers for its Winter Bird Count on Saturday, December 14, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The park district says keeping a running count of native birds is critical to monitoring environmental trends in the parks. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their binoculars, bundle up and head out to help for the whole or just part of the day. At 4:15 p.m., find out the grand tally of all the parks at Winton Woods’ Winton Centre.

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Healthcare
11:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Elizabeth and TriHealth team up

John Dubis, St. Elizabeth Healthcare CEO, and John Prout, TriHealth CEO.
TriHealth

St. Elizabeth Healthcare and TriHealth are announcing a joint venture aimed at lowering costs, improving the patient experience and the patient's health.  In a release the two groups announced they would establish Healthcare Solutions Network. The collaboration is not a merger, but it will bring together the physicians and hospitals of the two groups.   

Priorities in the first year include: 

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Cincinnati streetcar
6:16 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Cincinnati Council votes to suspend streetcar construction

Provided from City of Cincinnati

Update 12/6/13:

Mayor Cranley on his Facebook page says, at his request, the Federal Transportation Administration has decided to hold off on canceling the streetcar project until December 19 to allow city to make a final decision.

Update 12/4/13 9:00 PM:

Construction on most parts of Cincinnati's streetcar project will be coming to a halt.  But that's not to say you won't see some workers on the job in parts of Downtown or Over-the-Rhine. 

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Hamilton County Commission
3:55 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Hamilton County sewer rates increasing; new counsel requested for Judge Hunter

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners continue to take public comments on the proposed 2014 Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) budget.

MSD is asking for a $226.7 million operating budget but the county's new utility oversight director says the sewer district can get by with $210.7 million.

What both sides DO agree on, is a six percent rate increase.

MSD's Jack Rennekamp  says, "the average residential customer... will see his/her quarterly annualized bill go from from $188.15 to $199.45."

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