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Cincinnati Parking Lease
11:29 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Ohio Supreme Court won't hear parking lease case, restraining order denied also

The Ohio Supreme Court has declined jurisdiction in the Cincinnati parking lease case.  City Solicitor John Curp confirmed that in an e-mail Wednesday morning.

The case involved whether city voters had a right to place the issue on the ballot.  A Hamilton County Common Pleas judge said it could go on the ballot, but an Ohio appeals courts overturned that decision.  The appeals court said the city could pass the parking lease as emergency ordinance and avoid referendum.

The Supreme Court decision should end the case.

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Phi Gamma Delta fire
4:21 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Investigators still seeking info on fraternity house fire

Ohio Fire Marshal

Investigators have increased the amount of reward money for a suspected arson on the Miami University campus in Oxford.  The fire damaged the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house on May 25 and remains unsolved.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering an additional $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the fire.  That's on top of the $5,000 reward posted by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee.

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City retirement
3:05 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Council places pension charter amendment on ballot despite unanimous opposition to it

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati voters will decide in November if they want to amend the charter to make changes to the city's troubled pension system.  Those could include finding a way to fully fund the current plan in ten years and requiring new employees to be in 401K style plans similar to those offered by many private employers.  

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Parking lease
1:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Back to the courts for Cincinnati's parking lease

Just as the Port Authority is putting finishing touches on Cincinnati's parking plan, the organization opposing it, COAST, has filed a request for a Temporary Restraining Order.

Spokesman Chris Finney says, "When the decision came down from the Court of Appeals, and the City Manager signed the lease, he made material changes to it without Council approval." Finney says he is not permitted to do this so "council either needs to re-vote, or the lease must be enjoined." (stopped by judicial order)

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Anti-bullying
6:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Jetset Getset music to empower bully victims

Members of Jetset Getset. From left: Tori Little, Avery Eliason and Sadie Loveland.
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A popular country music band based in Lawrenceburg, Indiana is on board to help deliver an anti-bullying message nationwide. Jetset Getset's song "Stronger," has been selected as part of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center campaign to be used as part of a school education program.

Here are some of the lyrics:

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