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Infant mortality
4:11 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New effort to make sure infants sleep safely

Credit Jay Hanselman

Cradle Cincinnati is announcing a couple new partnerships in an effort to prevent sleep-related infant deaths.  It is called the “Cribs for Kids” program.  

One of those involves the United Way's 211 line.  It connects people with community resources.  

Hamilton County Commissioner and Cradle Cincinnati co-chairman Todd Portune said it will help get baby cribs to parents who need them.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
3:48 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Sewer rates could go up 5.5 percent in 2015

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County sewer rates could go up 5.5 percent next year. That's the recommendation from county administrators.

Rates have been increasing for several years and are expected to keep doing so to pay for the multi-billion dollar, federally mandated sewer system upgrade. Last year, commissioners approved a six percent increase.

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Business
12:53 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Local start-up nets big cash infusion

Cintrifuse and city leaders celebrate an investment in a local start-up, Everything But the House.
Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU

A Cincinnati tech start-up supported by Cintrifuse has received a large investment from a pair of venture capitalist firms. 

"Everything But The House" is an online estate auction and consignment company, which now has the backing by firms that also supported Twitter and tumblr.  

Tim Schigel with Cintrifuse says the investment shows Cincinnati is becoming a good place for start-ups. 

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Hamilton County Commission
3:41 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Hamilton County 2015 budget set at nearly $202 million

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

As expected, Hamilton County Commissioners approved the 2015 general fund budget Monday. The spending plan is much the same as 2014's.

Commission President Chris Monzel says "the public themselves are not going to see any hit to the services that they're receiving. So it should be no difference from this year to next year."

The $201.6 million budget keeps spending mostly flat. There's an increase for economic development and 9-1-1 dispatch fees will go up 5 percent. Police and fire agencies opposed that increase.

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Holiday sales
1:50 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Holiday retail sales to grow in Cincinnati but not in Dayton

A new study by the UC Economics Center projects a 5.1 percent increase in holiday sales (November and December) this year over last in Cincinnati. This is slightly higher than the estimated growth in Ohio of 4.5 percent.

Director of Research Dr. Michael Jones looked at:

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