A showdown this fall between two of the most potent political names in Hamilton County is coming this fall when Democrat Charlie Luken takes on Repubican Ralph E. "Ted" Winkler for a probate court judgeship.
Both come from families with decades-long track records of winning elections in Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Luken - a former Cincinnati mayor and one-term congressman - filed petitions with the Hamilton County Board of Elections Tuesday to run for the probate court seat of Judge James Cissell, who can't run for re-election because of Ohio's judicial age limit law.
A Hamilton County grand jury indicted juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter on a ninth count Tuesday, this one for misuse of a credit card. Hunter was indicted on 8 other felony charges last week, including tampering with evidence, theft in office and forgery. The Ohio Supreme Court ordered her off the bench until her criminal case is over. She's scheduled to be in court Friday.
Here's what WVXU's Ann Thompson reported last Friday on the original indictments:
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.
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.