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Board of Elections
4:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Will Hamilton County election board move?

Hamilton County Commissioners could vote Wednesday morning on whether to accept the offer of the former Mercy Mt. Airy hospital.

Catholic Health Partners is offering to give it to the county for use as a new crime lab but that plan's in limbo over a proposal to move the Board of Elections there as well.

The elections board is split on the idea. Those in favor say it makes financial sense. Those opposed say moving the board out of downtown will restrict access to early voting.

The county leases the board's current downtown location.

gay marriage
5:54 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Indiana gay amendment passes House

The gay marriage amendment clears the Indiana House and goes to the Senate.
Credit Indiana House of Representatives

Indiana lawmakers in the Republican-led House Tuesday passed the gay marriage amendment after removing language that would ban recognition of anything “similar” to same-sex marriage.     That change would also lengthen the process of amending the state constitution, but the clause could be reinserted by Senate Republicans.

Measure sponsor Rep. Eric Turner disputes claims by opponents that the ban would hurt economic development. "In 2013, eight of the top nine states with the highest rate of private sector job growth had constitutional amendments on marriage."

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Brr, it's cold
4:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Cold isn't keeping everyone indoors

A group of mostly UC students plays a game of pick-up hockey in Eden Park.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Another Polar Vortex is sweeping across the region forcing many indoors but there are still some adventurous souls braving the cold.

Nathan Cramer normally plays in-line hockey but earlier this year he invested in a pair of hockey skates.

"I got my own ice skates this year," said Cramer. "I bought them knowing it was going to get cold enough and there'd be some free ice to play on."

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Local News
8:37 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Former mayor Mallory takes private sector job

Former Mayor Mark Mallory
City of Cincinnati

Former Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory has taken a high-level job with a Pittsburgh-based engineering company.

Mallory, who left office Nov. 30 after eight years as Cincinnati’s mayor, will be the senior vice president and national director of community and North American economic development for the Chester Group.

The Chester Group provides “energy, water and wastewater solutions to public and industrial clients across the United States and internationally,” the company said in a press release.

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BOE
11:22 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Sec. of State: Try to reach compromise on BOE move

There were some heated discussions as people argued why the BOE should and should not be moved to Mt. Airy.
Ann Thompson WVXU

UPDATE:

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is telling Republicans and Democrats on the Hamilton County Board of Elections to try to work out their differences on moving the board offices to Mt. Airy among themselves, before he casts a tie-breaking vote.

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