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Macy's
5:40 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Macy's laying off thousands as part of cost reduction and organizational changes

Macy's says it's starting a series of cost reductions and organizational changes that will include laying off about 2,500 employees.  In a statement, the Cincinnati-based retailer says they'll be eligible for severance.  Other associates are being reassigned or transferred and the company says some open positions will not be filled. 

Macy's expects all the changes it's implementing to save about $100 million per year. 

Local News
5:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kasich launches youth drug abuse prevention program

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (file)
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Ohio Governor John Kasich came to Finneytown Secondary School Wednesday to launch "Start Talking,'' a statewide effort to cut down the use of heroin and prescription drugs among young people.
 
Kasich, with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of his cabinet at his side, said Start Talking will involve parents, teachers coaches and the students themselves in helping end the drug abuse he said is in every town, in every corner of the state.

It is a problem, Kasich said, which won't go away on its own and has to be met head-on by every family in Ohio.

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Transportation
2:57 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Hamilton County cracking down on commerical vehicle violations

Hamilton County is dedicating a full-time Sheriff's deputy to catching semis and others breaking commercial vehicle laws.

The Sheriff and county engineer have been working together on this issue but now Engineer Ted Hubbard says the departments are formalizing the arrangement.

"We have to be able to make sure that the vehicles that travel over the roadway system are the proper weight and the proper size," says Hubbard. "If they're not it can cause undue damage to the infrastructure system."

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Highway construction
3:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

MLK interchange at 71 remains on fast track

Holly Yurchison WVXU News

State officials are expected to award a contract to build the new interchange on I-71 at Martin Luther King Drive in April, and construction could begin in July.  

Ohio Department of Transportation officials updated a city council committee Tuesday on the $118 million project.  Assistant Project Manager John Otis said when the work begins contractors will not have a complete set of plans.

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Local News
1:39 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Cincinnati's budget director leaving for new job

Lea Eriksen
City of Cincinnati

Lea Eriksen, the city of Cincinnati's budget director, is leaving Cincinnati City Hall for a similar position in Long Beach, California.

Eriksen, who has 16 years in the city administration, has resigned effective Feb. 16, although her last day in office will be on Jan. 24, according to Interim City Manager Scott Stiles.

She has accepted the position of Budget and Performance Evaluation Manager in Long Beach.

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