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Metropolitan Sewer District
12:31 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

County asking federal judge to decide sewer dispute

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are officially asking a federal judge to intervene in their  Metropolitan Sewer District dispute with Cincinnati.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to ask for a ruling on which body gets to set policies for the district.

The sewer district is owned by the county but operated by the city.

The sides have been at odds over hiring and procurement policies instituted by the city. County Commissioners argue the policies are unfair and in some cases illegal. City attorneys and a majority of council members disagree.

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Same sex marriage
11:34 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Judge keeps same-sex marriage recognition ban in place, during appeal

Federal Judge Timothy Black
Credit U.S. Government

Federal Judge Timothy Black  has decided Ohio's same sex marriage recognition ban will remain in place while his decision is being appealed. (meaning same-sex couples cannot go to other states, get married and have those marriages recognized in Ohio during the appeal of this case) The exception is the four couples who sued. Their marriages will be recognized and their names will go on the birth certificates of their children.

From Judge Timothy Black's decision

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Economic development
3:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Help for traffic headaches with Downtown construction

Downtown Cincinnati is full of flashing construction arrow signs and traffic cones blocking streets...causing delays for workers and visitors.  

City spokeswoman Meg Olberding said it is part of a "growth explosion."

“In my time at the city, I don’t remember quite this much construction happening in a concentrated area of the CBD, The banks and Over-the-Rhine,” Olberding said.  “Obviously you do one thing one place, and it has a ripple effect.”

There are various projects including streetcar construction, Duke Energy utility work and private developments.  

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Public Health
2:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UC study may help treat diabetes, fibromyalgia

That old saying, "you hit a nerve" may have to go out the proverbial window.

A researcher at the University of Cincinnati has proved something called Merkel cells are what actually allow us to sense touch.

Pain researcher Jianguo Gu made the discovery by studying hair follicles in rat whiskers.

The results could help doctors treat or prevent diabetes, fibromyalgia and certain pathological conditions.

The study's findings are published in the April 15 edition of the scientific journal, Cell.

Local News
9:37 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Bill Clinton to headline Ohio Democratic dinner

Credit wikipedia.org

The Ohio Democratic Party has landed former President Bill Clinton to be the featured speaker at its annual Legacy Dinner in June, just as the statewide campaigns are going into full swing.

The fundraising event will be on Friday, June 13 in Columbus. Party leaders are hoping the presence of Clinton will fire up the party faithful for a fall campaign where they have the daunting task of trying to win back all the statewide offices, from governor on down.

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