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Hamilton County Commission
5:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Hamilton County & Bengals reach deal, prepare way for GE deal

Hamilton County and the Bengals have a reached a deal that could pave the way for luring General Electric to the Banks.

The county announced Thursday the Bengals have agreed to waive height restrictions that would've halted a office space large enough to house General Electric's new Southwest Ohio Global Operations headquarters and a planned apartment building in exchange for six items.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann says the deal will allow the county and city to aggressively bid for GE.

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Scott Eaton
1:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Former NKU Athletic Director sentenced to 10 years

Fired NKU Athletic Director Scott Eaton has pleaded guilty and will spend 10 years in jail and have to pay back $311,000.
Credit NKU

Former Northern Kentucky University Athletic Director Scott Eaton pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in Campbell County Circuit Court to stealing more than $311,000 from the school.  He's been ordered to repay the university and has agreed to serve the maximum sentence of ten years in prison.

Eaton was charged with theft by unlawful taking for diverting  university funds for his own use.  He was fired in March 2013 for having inappropriate relations with four university employees and a student. 

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City parking
4:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cincinnati buying more new parking meters

Cincinnati is going to spend nearly $2 million to install more parking meters that accept credit cards in addition to coins.  

City Council approved the item Wednesday.

The so called smart meters are already in place in much of downtown.  The additional funding could bring them to more neighborhood locations.

The meter purchases were part of a plan Council approved earlier this year that officially killed a parking lease arrangement the city had negotiated with the Greater Cincinnati Port Authority.

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 (MSD) 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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