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Cincinnati streetcar
11:50 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Streetcar track work moves to Central Business District

Work crews installing streetcar track on Walnut Street near Central Parkway in downtown Cincinnati.
Credit Jay Hanselman

Streetcar track work is now moving into Cincinnati's Central Business District and that likely will continue through early 2015 as part of the $133 million project.

"Seeing the track on Walnut Street is an exciting milestone in the construction process," said project executive John Deatrick in a statement.  "It's a sign the streetcar is getting closer to achieving our goal to connect two major downtown neighborhoods: Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District."

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MSD
3:39 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hamilton County reaffirms directions/policies for MSD

MSD of Greater Cincinnati waste water treatment facility in Cincinnati.
Credit Sarah Ramsey

The Hamilton County Commissioners are reemphasizing a ruling from a federal magistrate in June that the county gets to make the rules for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), and the city of Cincinnati as the operator must follow them.  

The commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday outlining county policies and directives for MSD that have been given in the past and adding some new ones.

Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel:

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Fuel Spill
2:53 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Shoreline clean up is next in diesel fuel spill

EPA On-Scene Coordinator Steve Renninger
Ann Thompson WVXU

By the end of the day Wednesday or possibly Thursday, the EPA says the "recoverable" portion of Monday's New Richmond diesel fuel spill will have been captured by booms. As of Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. 1,000  gallons had been recovered.

Duke Energy says that during a routine transfer of fuel oil at its Beckjord Power Plant approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel was inadvertently discharged into the Ohio River. This caused Greater Cincinnati communities along the Ohio to close their water intake valves.

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Environment
3:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Fuel spill in Ohio River in Clermont County-portion of river closed

Update at 7:20 AM: Cincinnati's water intakes on the Ohio River are re-opened this morning following a diesel fuel spill yesterday at a Duke Energy Power Plant in New Richmond.  Water officials say the spill has passed through the Cincinnati area.

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Development
2:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Saks not moving to Kenwood Collection

What's now known as the Kenwood Collection, has sat largely vacant since 2008.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Saks Fifth Avenue, located in downtown Cincinnati, will apparently not move to Kenwood.  Developer Phillips Edison and Company said "due to the economics and conditions of the deal was no longer a viable opportunity for The Kenwood Collection," and it was no longer pursuing a lease with the store.

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