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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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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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