Local News
11:20 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Sixty-two people to be dropped from voter rolls

Hamilton County Board of Elections
Howard Wilkinson

Sixty-two people will be stricken from the Hamilton County voter rolls because they did not respond to a board of elections letter challenging their voting addresses.

They include police officers, people who used postal service and private mail boxes, and some who voted from a motor coach association in Newtown.

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Answers In Genesis
4:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Developers believe: Noah’s Ark will happen

Mike Zovath, senior vice president of Answers in Genesis, stands by a model of the Ark Encounter theme park at his warehouse office in Hebron, Kentucky.
Marjorie Fox

2014 was supposed to bring the opening of a huge replica of Noah’s Ark in a theme park just off I-75 at Williamstown, Kentucky.  But the developers are having trouble raising funds.

The hundred acre site for the multi-million dollar version of Noah’s Ark is about a 40 miles south of Cincinnati. But all you can see on the hill-top site today are posts marking the perimeter of what promoters hope will be a wooden replica of the ark, three stories high and 500 feet long. That’s almost one and a half football fields.

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6:16 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Further review: data-scrubbing case continues

The Ohio Department of Education is taking additional steps in the data-scrubbing case involving Cincinnati Public Schools and six other districts around Ohio.  The department announced Monday it will re-run Ohio Report Card information on the seven districts, which also include Winton Woods, and is referring the matter to its Office of Professional Conduct.

Auditor Dave Yost investigated the districts last year as he looked into scrubbing, or removing poor-performing students from the rolls to improve performance rankings.  

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West Virginia
4:52 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

As a precaution, Cincinnati shutting its intake valves

These are the GAC (granular activated carbon) beds that can remove chemicals from the water. Cincinnati was the first utility in the nation to use GAC and then purify it on site.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Update: The Greater Cincinnati Water Works shut down its valves about midnight Wednesday morning after detecting the Elk River contamination in samples at the Meldahl dam. The spill then reached  the Miller Treatment Plant about 7am Wednesday. The Water Works is working closely with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) to track the spill and conduct ongoing water sampling analysis. It anticipates the bulk of the spill to pass through the area within the next 24-to-48 hours, depending on river and weather conditions.

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Hazardous waste
2:52 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

County to clean up $2 million mercury spill

Hamilton County will pay nearly $2 million to clean up a mercury spill last summer at two Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) sites and the Rumpke Landfill in Colerain Township.

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