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Metropolitan Sewer District
2:19 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Possible solution to sewer district standoff?

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Could a Metropolitan Sewer District stalemate between Cincinnati and Hamilton County be coming to an end?

The sides have been at odds over city-enacted hiring policies. The county specifically doesn't like a responsible bidder provision requiring contractors to graduate apprentices (at least one per year for five years).

Councilman Chris Seelbach is proposing a solution he thinks the county will like. He says he's willing to throw out the apprentice graduation requirement in favor of an incentive program.

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Transportation
10:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Brent Spence study includes possible models & tolls

Credit Michael Keating

A new study, commissioned by Ohio and Kentucky, has narrowed procurement models for the $2.5 billion Brent Spence Bridge project from four to two and projected a range of tolls.

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Water
5:31 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

GCWW adds extra layer to water treatment

The new $30 million UV Disinfection Treatment Facility opens Thursday.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

With Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new UV Disinfection Treatment Facility, Cincinnati will lead North America in water treatment. It will be the first to use UV disinfection following sand filtration and Granular Activated Carbon during the treatment process.

UV light, generated when reactors excite mercury, is one of the final steps in the water treatment process in Cincinnati. Here are the others, in this order:

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Domestic violence
8:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Domestic violence arrests down in Ohio

Johanna Orozco Fraser
Karen Kasler

There were more than 41,000 domestic violence related arrests in Ohio last year. Though that number is down from 2011, advocates say they need more help from lawmakers to lower that stat even further. But they say a bill on teen dating violence passed a few years ago is helping.

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Community development
3:23 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Cincinnati could make offer for Wasson Way by end of year

The Wasson Way railroad line
City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati is continuing negotiations with Norfolk Southern to acquire a currently unused section of railroad track running from Victory Parkway to Redbank Road.  

The city wants to develop the nearly five-mile section of Wasson Way into a bike and hike trail.  

City Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore updated a Council committee Tuesday on talks with the railroad.

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