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Hamilton County Sheriff
2:35 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Sheriff talks jails, drugs at Rotary lunch

The colors are presented just before Sheriff Jim Neil's speech at the Cincinnati Rotary Club.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

On his first appearance before the Cincinnati Rotary, Sheriff Jim Neil reiterated the county does not need a new jail.

"Judges will sentence to capacity whether you have 3,000 jail cells or 1,000," he says.

Neil handed out awards Thursday to several deputies and took questions ranging from the budget to drugs and the county jail.

Neil has been expanding electronic monitoring and would like to add even more of the devices. He says what the county does lack is enough space for female and special needs inmates.

Another problem? Heroin.

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Local News
12:22 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Now, Berns wants back in Cincinnati's mayor race

Libertarian Jim Berns, who sent a hand-written letter to the Hamilton County Board of Elections yesterday, saying he was withdrawing from the Cincinnati mayor's race, told the board today that he wants to be a candidate again. 

But, board officials say, there is a legal question over whether Berns could withdraw from the race in the first place.

Tim Burke, the chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, told WVXU that the board's lawyer told the board there is no provision in the Cincinnati city charter allowing candidates to withdraw.

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Business
9:35 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Standard Register buys WorkflowOne

Dayton-based Standard Register is purchasing another Dayton company, WorkflowOne, in a deal worth $218 million.

Standard Register says it expects to achieve $1 billion in annual revenue and $40 million in annual savings thanks to the deal. A release says WorkFlowOne will initially operate as a subsidiary with its CEO staying on in an advisory role.

The combined company has 4000 employees, including more than 900 in Dayton.

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Speed cameras
5:32 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Local lawmakers get look at Elmwood Place's cameras

(from left) Representatives Wes Rutherford (R-Hamilton), Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) and Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) get a look at the confiscated Elmwood Place cameras.
Ann Thompson WVXU

UPDATE: WVXU received an email from Optotraffic saying "Elmwood Place and Optotraffic vigorously dispute the charge (that they violated the judge's order) and are anxious to present evidence to that effect."

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Three very tall cameras, confiscated from the Village of Elmwood Place, are being stored at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol Division. Three local lawmakers visited the cameras Wednesday to get a closer look and reiterate their opposition.

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pedestrian bridge girder
3:49 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Pedestrian bridge girder set over Pete Rose Way

The 180,000 pound bridge girder moved slowly into place onto two support towers.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Construction crane operators lifted and placed a 180,000 pound steel girder into place atop support columns spanning Pete Rose Way Wednesday.

The girder forms the base for the new Pete Rose Way Pedestrian Bridge connecting the plaza level of Great American Ball Park and US Bank Arena to the street-level stairway.

Two 210-ton cranes took nearly an hour to lift and move the bridge girder into place above Pete Rose Way.

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