4:00 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Portune, spurned by Ohio Democratic Party as governor candidate, has ideas how it can rebuild

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune had a really bad experience with the Ohio Democratic Party early this year – especially with state party chairman Chris Redfern.

Last December, Portune – the only Democrat on the county commission – started crisscrossing the state in an attempt to build support to run for Ohio governor.

The problem was that Portune started too late – Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive – had been campaigning since early in 2013; and had already wrapped up the party establishment and the endorsement of the state party.

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Cincinnati Zoo
5:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Indians came to live at the Cincinnati Zoo

There were two groups of Native Americans who lived at the zoo: Cree and Sicangu Sioux.
Enno Meyer Cincinnati Museum Center

In the late 1800's Cincinnatians loved Indians and Indians loved Cincinnati.

Wild West shows at the end of the 19th century were big because the frontier had disappeared and people were enamored with all things Indian. So when a Wild West show in Bellevue, Kentucky closed up, and Cree Indians from Montana were stranded, the Cincinnati Zoo came to the rescue, as far as the Native Americans were concerned.

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Economic Development
2:58 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Hotel and apartments coming as Newport Levee expands

Artist rendering of building view from the river.

The big empty parking lot just east of Newport on the Levee is finally scheduled for development. Capital Investment Group broke ground Thursday on an $80 million apartment building and hotel. The project will be called Aqua on the Levee.


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Cincinnati government
12:09 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Longer Council meetings mean more $$$ for closed captioning

Are Cincinnati Council meetings and committee sessions getting longer? After a review of data from invoices for closed captioning services, the answer is yes.

From January through October 2013, with 157 hours of meeting time, closed captioning cost $28,119.99.

From January through October 2014, there were 274 hours of meeting time with a captioning cost of $45,906.67.

The budgeted amount this fiscal year (July 2014 to June 2015) for closed captioning is $40,000. With 1st quarter charges, there could be about a $15,000 shortfall at the end of the budget year.

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Judge Tracie Hunter
11:17 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Hunter's request for new trial denied

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Norbert Nadel
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

A suspended juvenile court judge will not get a new trial or an acquittal on her conviction for unlawful interest in a public contract.  Tracie Hunter was found guilty last month of using her position as a judge to preserve her brother's job as a bailiff. 

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