Cincinnati Zoo
7:16 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Cincinnati Zoo gorilla expecting but 'ownership' is complicated matter

Hang in there, Asha! Pregnant gorilla due "any day."
Cincinnatii Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo is expecting a baby gorilla any day now. But, the little tyke won't actually belong to Cincinnati.  Neither the unborn gorilla nor its parents, Asha and Jomo, are Cincinnatians, so to speak. Though all three will live here, ownership falls to the parents' zoo of origin.  It's all part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan which helps zoos in North America regulate breeding.

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Ark Encounter
7:06 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Kentucky Tourism Board OKs $18 Million In Tax Incentives for Ark Encounter

File photo :model Ark Park with Mike Zovath
Credit Marjorie Fox

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Board has approved $18 million in tax breaks for a controversial Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky.

The board unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve sales tax incentives for the Ark Encounter, a religious theme park to be built in Williamstown. The theme park is controlled by Answers in Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum.

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Art Museum Director
6:48 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Art Museum gets new Director

Cameron Kitchin
Credit Cincinnati Art Museum website

The Cincinnati Art Museum has a new Director.  Cameron Kitchin will start October first. 

In a release the Art Museum reports its board of directors unanimously chose Kitchin for the position.  He comes from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee where he served as director. 

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Common Core
5:55 am
Tue July 29, 2014

House Republicans renew push for repeal of Common Core

Rep. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) on left and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) on right
Credit Andy Chow

School districts have spent years preparing to implement the education standards known as Common Core -- which are set to start this coming school year. Now House Republicans are renewing their efforts to repeal the standards. The bill could be on the fast track to the House floor.

Republican Representative Andy Thompson of Marietta has been a vocal critic of the Common Core standards which were developed by a group of state education leaders from around the country.

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Icon Tax
5:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

"Icon tax" debate continues

Supporters donning yellow t-shirts and stickers pack county commission chambers Monday with overflow in the hallway beyond.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Update 7/29/14 9 a.m.: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's staff is confirming reports he would have the city make annual payments toward the upkeep of Union Terminal for the next 25 years.  Cranley says he will propose that the city continue to make $200,000 annual payments toward Union Terminal’s maintenance. The city is currently paying that amount, but there is no legal obligation to continue it.

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