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West Virginia
3:43 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

WV chemical spill not affecting local water supply

Eight UV reactors are used to disinfect water during the filtration process at the Greater Cincinnati Water Works.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

The chemical spill affecting water supplies in a large portion of West Virginia has the Greater Cincinnati Water Works keeping a close eye on local water quality.

"Currently the spill has not reached the Cincinnati area," says Communications Officer Michele Ralston.

The spill occurred in the Elk River which is a tributary of the Kanawha River. The Kanawha flows into the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

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Tracie Hunter
2:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Tracie Hunter faces felony indictment

Credit Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Update 2:50pm: The Ohio Supreme Court has issued an order today disqualifying Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter from acting as a judge because of the indictment. In the order signed by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, it says “it is further ordered that she shall remain disqualified while any and all indictments filed in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas are pending and until further order of this court.”

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Flu
3:46 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

NKY man first flu-related death of season

The first flu-related death of the season is being reported in Northern Kentucky.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department says a Kenton County man died from complications of the flu. The department says the middle-aged man had a history of chronic health problems that may have made him more susceptible to flu.

So far this season, more than 330 cases of flu have been reported in Northern Kentucky.

More from the Health Department's release:

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IRS
2:31 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

IRS Commissioner: finish investigation, make changes

New IRS Commissioner John Koskinen talks to Cincinnati employees on how to make the 501(c)(4) application process more efficient.
Credit IRS

New IRS Commissioner John Koskinen came to Cincinnati Thursday to find out how the process of applying for 501 (c)(4) status can be more efficient and learn from employees what resources they need and what obstacles they have.

Koskinen is known as a turnaround specialist, having run Freddie Mac in the middle of the financial crisis, and guiding Penn Central Railroad and a teamsters pension fund. He was also President Clinton's Y2K czar in the late 1990s. He now aims to restore confidence in the Internal Revenue Service.

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Foreclosure
12:01 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Ohioans still underwater

The number of underwater residential properties is declining nationally, but a new report shows Ohio is still in the top six.

The latest RealtyTrac U.S. Home Equity & Underwater report shows 9.3 million U. S. residential properties were deeply underwater, meaning, they are worth at least 25% less than the combined loans secured by the property.

States with the highest percentage of residential properties deeply underwater in December were:

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