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6:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Bills that didn't pass the Ohio General Assembly in 2014

It’s been a productive year for Ohio lawmakers, who passed bills dealing with redistricting, budget revisions and red light cameras. But many bills that got a lot of attention with the end of the two-year General Assembly didn’t pass.

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Quality of life
11:24 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Conditions at former Compost Cincy site getting better

Cincinnati officials report they are making progress cleaning up a now closed commercial food waste composting facility in Winton Hills.

The city is spending $300,000 to remedy the smelly situation at 5656 Este Avenue.  

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Bills that passed the Ohio General Assembly in 2014

Maybe the legislation needed more time for review or didn’t have quite enough support. Whatever the reason—this was the year those bills finally made it past state lawmakers.

The most recent example is the reform to Ohio’s redistricting process. For the past decade, critics of the process have said it creates maps that are aggressively gerrymandered, which is what happens when lawmakers redraw voting districts to benefit their political party.

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Ohio Supreme Court
6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court--Year in Review

2014 brought several big cases to the Republican-dominated Ohio Supreme Court, which delivered opinions that surprised some observers.

The Ohio Supreme Court ended the year by deciding one of the highest-profile cases of the year – ruling 4-3 that traffic camera programs are constitutional, and specifically that Toledo can allow appeals to go through an administrative hearing process and not municipal court. But Republican Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati, the sponsor of a bill to regulate traffic cameras, says the ruling is basically moot.

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Transportation
5:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Record Christmas travel expected in Ohio

Plan ahead if you plan to travel over Christmas. AAA says the roads will be extra busy this year, especially Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says 3.8 million Ohioans plan to travel 50 miles or more, up 5 percent from last year.

"The increase marks the highest travel volume ever recorded for the region," says Parker.

She says low gas prices are likely driving the higher travel numbers. Nationaly, she says, we've seen 88 consecutive days of falling prices.
 

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