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Public library levy
12:22 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Library to run 10 year levy request

The Cincinnati/Hamilton County Library will ask voters to approve a 10-year levy.
Credit Holly Yurchison / WVXU

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will ask voters this November to renew its operating levy for ten years rather than the typical five.

The flat, one mill renewal costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $30/year, according to Library Director Kim Fender.

Fender says the library board chose to ask for a ten year renewal for planning purposes.

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ACLU
5:38 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

ACLU report critical of Hamilton County jail fees

The Hamilton County Justice Center
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

A new report from the ACLU says pay-to-stay jail fees are not the revenue generator they appear to be. The American Civil Liberties Union studied such programs at three jails, including the Hamilton County jail. During a news conference Wednesday, the ACLU said collections agencies often pose an additional financial drain on counties, with minimal results and often ruin the credit rating of people who have left jail but cannot afford to pay these fees.

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Northern Kentucky University AD
4:54 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

NKU announces new athletic director

New NKU athletic director Ken Bothof was introduced today.
NKU

Northern Kentucky University says that Ken Bothof has been named the school’s Director of Athletics.  He'll start the job on Aug. 19.  Bothof comes to NKU from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he has served as athletic director since 2002.

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City council
4:34 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Cincy Council reduces meeting schedule for rest of year

Cincinnati City Council chamber
Michael Keating

Cincinnati Council Members will have some extra time to campaign for re-election this fall.  The group voted Wednesday to cancel half of its scheduled meetings for the rest of the term which ends on December 1st.  

There will only be seven sessions in the next five months.  That compares to the 14 that would ordinarily be held.  

Council will meet as follows:  August 7th, September 11th, September 25th, October 9th, November 13th, November 20th and November 27th.

Member P.G. Sittenfeld was the only one voting “no” on the plan.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
4:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Clock running on sewer district compromise

Credit Sarah Ramsey

City and county officials now have about five weeks to try to work out a compromise on several Metropolitan Sewer District policies (MSD).

Council voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend its local hiring policy until August 1. Until then the sides will try to reach an agreement on it and a portion of a responsible bidder policy that requires apprenticeships.

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