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2:55 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Arts and health come together to get Cincinnati moving

Dancers from Pones Inc lead other grant recipients at the Contemporary Arts Center in a dance class to kick-off Join the Fun.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times per week. But a community health study finds Cincinnatians don't get nearly enough. Interact for Health and ArtsWave are partnering to try to fix that.

They're awarding $300,000 in grants to 21 agencies to provide active living programs. Interact for Health's Jaime Love says "Join the Fun" is all about getting people moving.

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Cincinnati Fire Department
11:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cincinnati Fire Department to hire 50 recruits

The Cincinnati Fire Department is receiving an $8 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will fund 50 recruits.

According to a department spokesperson, Fire Chief Richard Braun plans to hire the recruit class as soon as May. His aim is to have the class finish the required six month training period by the end of 2014.

The federal grant also pays for the newly-trained firefighters’ salaries for their first two years of service.

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Health care
5:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Cincinnati Health Department grant application causing concern

A usually routine matter of letting the Cincinnati Health Department apply for a federal grant will likely be anything but routine this time.  

The agency wants to use the money to open two more health clinics in the city.  Right now it has five.  

Mayor John Cranley and some council members are concerned about the budget impact that will have on the city.  

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Cincinnati Preschool Promise
11:01 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Preschool Promise plan could save big dollars, study finds

Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education President Eileen Cooper-Reed signs the Cincinnati Preschool Promise following a news conference at Riverview East Academy in April, 2013.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A University of Cincinnati study suggests Cincinnati could save $48 million if its Preschool Promise plan is successful.

The UC Economics Center report finds the economic benefit per three-year-old class could be as large as $69.1 million if all students enrolled in the plan. However, it says similar programs in other cities usually have about 70 percent participation - leading to the $48.4 million estimate.

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Newport Aquarium
6:51 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Newport Aquarium studying why shark ray pups died

Sweet Pea is back on exhibit at the Newport Aquarium.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Update:

The executive director of the Newport Aquarium is optimistic that Sweet Pea will give birth again and when it happens he's confident his team will have more information about caring for shark ray pups. Eric Rose says the problem was they were not able to digest their food, and consequently did not put on weight. This was despite efforts to tube feed them with a paste of shrimp, fish and vitamins.

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