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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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CPS
5:11 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

CPS math scores get bigger thanks to GE grant

Credit CPRE.org

The GE Foundation now has statistical proof its funding is helping students at CPS and three other districts improve their math scores. It hired CPRE.org to analyze data from Cincinnati and three other districts including:

  • Jefferson County, KY
  • Erie, PA
  • Stamford, CT

Pennsylvania researcher Dr. Phillip Sirinides of CPRE.org studied the data.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
4:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

MSD compromise hits roadblock

Credit Sarah Ramsey

Just days after announcing a compromise, county and city leaders could be heading back to square one.

Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel had planned to lead a vote Wednesday to reopen the bidding process for Metropolitan Sewer District projects. The board instituted a moratorium several weeks ago when Cincinnati City Council refused to scrap its local hiring and responsible bidder requirements.

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Cincinnati streetcar
4:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Cincy Council ready to approve additional streetcar money

City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Council is ready to give city administrators an additional $17.4 million to build the first phase of the much debated streetcar project.  

The Budget and Finance Committee approved the extra money Monday with a 5-4 vote.  The full Council will consider it Wednesday.  

The additional funds are coming from a variety of sources including other capital accounts and more bonding.  

Council Member Yvette Simpson remains supportive of the streetcar.

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