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3:36 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Cincinnati continues efforts to obtain Wasson Way line

The Wasson Way railroad line
City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati officials are continuing their efforts to acquire about 5 miles of unused railroad track running through portions of Avondale, Evanston, Hyde Park, Oakley and Mt. Lookout.

The city is interested in a section of the Wasson Way line running from Victory Parkway to the west and Red Bank Road on the east.  

Norfolk Southern currently owns the railroad track, but it hasn't been used since 2009.  

Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore said getting it for the city involves a somewhat lengthy process.

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University of Cincinnati
12:22 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

UC board approves Nippert expansion

The University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium will soon be a construction zone.

UC's board has approved the more than $80 million upgrade plan.

Athletic Director Whit Babcock says construction will begin in December and should wrap up in August 2015. The university says it is considering playing its 2014 games at Paul Brown Stadium.

As expected, the board also froze in-state tuition levels for next year.

Local News
9:54 am
Tue June 25, 2013

96 voters challenged, but only 20 are active voters

The Hamilton County Board of Elections challenged 96 voters who apparently have incorrect addresses listed on their registration forms or list dwellings that no longer exist.

But only 20 of those voters are active voters; the rest have not voted in recent years.

Marlene Kocher, a volunteer from the Ohio Voter Integrity Project, a tea party organization looking into potential voter fraud statewide, submitted a list of 127 names to the board of elections - all west of Interstate 75 in the city of Cincinnati.

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Kentucky General Assembly
6:08 am
Tue June 25, 2013

From hemp to religious freedom, new laws take effect in Kentucky

Tuesday marks 90 days since the Kentucky General Assembly adjourned its regular session for this year.  That means, under the state constitution, most laws will take effect.  

Among the new laws:  School districts can start deciding if they want to raise the compulsory attendance age; an administrative framework is being set up for growing hemp in Kentucky should that crop become legal; and drivers will be able to use electronic devices such as smart phones to provide proof of insurance. 

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Dayton Air Show
5:13 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Preliminary answers on Dayton Air Show crash could come this week

Federal officials investigating Saturday’s plane crash at the Dayton Air Show say it may take up to a year before the cause of the crash can be determined.

An initial coroner’s report say that 44-year-old wing-walker Jane Wicker and the plane’s pilot, 64-year-old Charlie Schwenker, died of blunt force trauma.

The National Transportation Safety Board expects to release an initial report later this week. The NTSB is also requesting anyone with video or pictures of the crash to submit them to air show officials to help with the investigation.

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