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Cincinnati Casino
4:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Casino's impact on local employment, economy and tourism

Opening night 2013
Sarah Ramsey WVXU News

Supporters touted the potential economic benefits of casinos when the issue was placed on the ballot in 2009.  So how is Cincinnati's casino is doing so far when it comes to economic impact?

From a jobs standpoint,  the 1,700 workers at Horseshoe Cincinnati made it the largest of Ohio's four voter-approved casinos based on figures from last year.  Add to that the dollars invested in the project and you have a sizeable impact on the economy so far. 

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City health
8:49 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

New leader for city health board as Council votes on federal grant application

The chairwoman of Cincinnati's Board of Health is not being re-appointed to the board.  Joyce Kinley told Council's Budget and Finance Committee Monday Mayor John Cranley told her of his decision on February 24th.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach and Kinley had this exchange during the meeting.

  • Seelbach:  Did the Mayor give you any explanation?
  • Kinley:  He told me that he had to fulfill a campaign promise, and that's why he had to remove me.

Seelbach said he is concerned about putting politics above what is best for the city.  

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Winter Weather
4:08 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Snow in large supply; salt, not so much

A Hamilton County plow driver loads his truck with salt before heading out to clear roads in mid-February.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

"Pretty lean." That's how Engineer Ted Hubbard describes Hamilton County's road salt supplies.

"The problem isn't that we don't have material on order," says Hubbard. "The problem is the suppliers are having difficulty getting it to us in the quantities that we ordered... We're getting it in but it's coming in very slowly."

Hubbard says the county has already gone through more than 22,000 tons of salt and that doesn't include the most recent storm. As of Monday afternoon the county had just below 3000 tons on hand.

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University of Cincinnati
11:04 am
Mon March 3, 2014

UC launching safety ambassadors

Credit University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is stepping up efforts to improve safety around its main campus.

Block By Block Safety Ambassadors will fan out in neighborhoods surrounding University Heights. The idea is to improve safety and security in high foot-traffic areas. Crime around the UC campus has been making students and neighbors increasingly uneasy during the past year.

In a release the university says:

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Convention
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Cincinnati outlines bid for 2016 Republican convention

The 2012 Republican Convention was held in Tampa Bay, FL.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Update: The meeting to pitch Cincinnati for the 2016 GOP National Convention has been postponed, see tweet:

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