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12:41 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Local home sales climb slightly

December home sales in the Cincinnati area were up from a year ago, but not by much. 

The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors reports 1,616 sales last month, compared with 1,608 in December 2013.  Northern Kentucky Realtors say their gain was similar: 397 sales in December of 2014, and 388 in December 2013.

However, total sales for 2014 are different for the two sides of the river.  In Ohio, there was a drop in sales of 1.7 percent , while Northern Kentucky sales grew by 1.84 percent.

Realtors from both groups are optimistic though.

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Local News
8:08 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Spot checks discover students missing from some Ohio charter schools

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost explains details of his office's report on charter school attendance
Credit Andy Chow/Ohio Public Radio

Investigators in Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office swept through 30 charter schools and found a big difference between the number of students officials reported to the Ohio Department of Education and the actual headcount in half of those schools.

“I frankly was shocked to find that 50% seems to be the average,’’ Yost said. “I think most of the folks in the legislature if you asked them without any backing they would be surprised by 50% attendance rate.”  

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terrorism
3:49 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Cornell pleads not guilty to Capitol plot

Chris Cornell pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court.
Butler County Sheriff

Chris Cornell, dressed in a gray and black prison jumpsuit, showed no expression when he walked into a federal courtroom to enter not guilty pleas the charges against him.

He did turn around and glance at his family.

The 20 year old Green Township man is charged with plotting to build, plant and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol and then use firearms to shoot and kill employees and officials  inside.

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Business
2:17 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Italian restaurant coming to the Banks

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The owners of one of the first tenant restaurants at The Banks will be opening the newest eateries there.  The owners of the Holy Grail will open Santo Graal in March.

According to a press release from the Banks, Santo Graal is Italian for “Holy Grail”, and will offer classic Italian pasta, calzones, salads, desserts, and pizza.  It will be open for lunch and for dinner.

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Transportation
12:17 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Minor damage to I-75 pavement not surprising

View from the northwest of the off-ramp overpass collapse.
Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The off-ramp overpass that fell onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night did not cause a lot of damage to the highway. 

That doesn't surprise Andrew Hermann, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, who has been following the story.  But he says the fact that the span did fall was surprising.

“Generally, they have demolition plans where they try to take into account all the possibilities as they’re taking down a bridge, to do it safely," Hermann said.  "So it was very surprising to hear that it collapsed."

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