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Water
5:31 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

GCWW adds extra layer to water treatment

The new $30 million UV Disinfection Treatment Facility opens Thursday.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

With Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new UV Disinfection Treatment Facility, Cincinnati will lead North America in water treatment. It will be the first to use UV disinfection following sand filtration and Granular Activated Carbon during the treatment process.

UV light, generated when reactors excite mercury, is one of the final steps in the water treatment process in Cincinnati. Here are the others, in this order:

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Domestic violence
8:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Domestic violence arrests down in Ohio

Johanna Orozco Fraser
Karen Kasler

There were more than 41,000 domestic violence related arrests in Ohio last year. Though that number is down from 2011, advocates say they need more help from lawmakers to lower that stat even further. But they say a bill on teen dating violence passed a few years ago is helping.

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Community development
3:23 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Cincinnati could make offer for Wasson Way by end of year

The Wasson Way railroad line
City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati is continuing negotiations with Norfolk Southern to acquire a currently unused section of railroad track running from Victory Parkway to Redbank Road.  

The city wants to develop the nearly five-mile section of Wasson Way into a bike and hike trail.  

City Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore updated a Council committee Tuesday on talks with the railroad.

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Affordable Care Act
12:48 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Agencies offering healthcare enrollment assistance

Like the rest of the country, Ohio and Kentucky are rolling out their health exchange programs as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Ohio is going with the federal program while Kentucky is running its own marketplace.

Natalie Gordon of Elsmere is excited about the new program. She has ventricular septal defect (VSD), a heart condition that requires regular cardiologist visits. Despite having a job, Gordon says she's either been unable to afford health insurance in the past or has been turned down because of her condition.

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Transportation
3:51 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Oh & Ky transportation leaders discuss Brent Spence options

Credit Michael Keating

Leaders in Ohio and Kentucky say the Brent Spence Bridge Project remains on target for a 2015 ground breaking but there's still no solid funding plan in place.

Mike Hancock of Kentucky says the states need to get creative when it comes to funding the project.

"There are opportunities to work with the community to see if there's anything we can do to make the toll rates more palatable."

Ohio Transportation secretary Jerry Wray agrees that tolling is part of the answer but not the entire solution.

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