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Cincinnati Zoo
12:43 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Zoo levy request recommended for approval

Credit Sarah Ramsey

The committee that reviews county tax levies is recommending Hamilton County Commissioners place a flat renewal of the Cincinnati Zoo levy on the November ballot.

That's a win for zoo as that's what it had requested.

The committee says it believes the Zoo wouldn't be able to operate at its "current high level of effectiveness without the levy funds." 

The county's Tax Levy Review Committee is also recommending the Zoo continue to look for ways to be less reliant on county taxpayers.

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Farmstand
5:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Fresh local food comes to Price Hill Farmstand

Susan Minton of Westwood likes the convenience of the farmstand for fresh food.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Cincinnati's first neighborhood "Farmstand" opened Tuesday at Roberts Academy in Price Hill.

The farmstands are a partnership between Findlay Market and local groups hoping to encourage healthy eating habits by the convenience of a neighborhood location. 

"We want this to be a convenient place to buy everything they need," said Tracy Power, resource coordinator of the community learning center at Roberts Academy. They plan to be able to offer meat and other cold foods soon.

Kentucky Graduation Rates
4:56 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Kentucky schools getting incentive to raise drop-out age

Participating school districts (as of July 1) are highlighted in blue. Note: Bellevue and Kenton County schools are not highlighted but are on the list.
Credit http://www.graduate.ky.gov/

There are a few more spots left for Kentucky schools looking to take advantage of a $10,000 incentive to raise the drop-out age from 16 to 18. The first 96 districts to participate qualify - it's called the "Blitz to 96."

Kenton County is the latest to sign on. Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey says the district has been looking at graduation rates for a while and is considering several ways to keep kids in school.

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Dayton Air Show
3:50 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

"Pilot error' led to deadly air show crash

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says "pilot error" is to blame for the fiery crash that left two people dead at last month's Dayton Air Show.

Wing Walker Jane Wicker and pilot Charles Schwenker were both killed when their 1941 Boeing Sterman glider plane crashed into the ground during a mid-day performance at the annual air show.

The FAA and NTSB are still investigating and will issue the final official cause at a later date.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati
2:39 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Archdiocese updates child protection decree

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a new version of its Decree on Child Protection that applies to all its parishes, schools, agencies and institutions.  Originally called the Decree on Child Abuse, it started in 1993 and it's revised every five years, the last time being in 2008.  Tom Coz is the Safe Environment Coordinator for Children and Youth.  His main job is to enforce and interpret the decree:

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