A Labrador Retriever puppy named Maggie is recovering at home after undergoing the first minimally invasive heart procedure of its kind ever preformed in the Tri-State.
The four-month-old was born with a Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA), a congenital heart defect.
Typically the defect is fixed through open-chest surgery but Drs. Megan McLane and Maggie Schuckman of the Care Center in Blue Ash used a minimally invasive intravascular technique that drastically reduces the animal's recovery.
The Reds will be unveiling a new statue at Great American Ball Park later this year in honor of Hall-of-Fame Second Baseman Joe Morgan. Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya is putting the finishing touches on it this week at his studio.
If you've been to the ballpark, you're already familiar with Tsuchiya's work. He created the statues of Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Johnny Bench. He's also the artist for several statues at Xavier University, including the one of the Musketeer d'Artagnan, and the new Jesus statue at Solid Rock Church in Monroe.
AAA is projecting a slight decline in Memorial Day travel. The automobile association says 34.8 million people will be traveling more than 50 miles from home Thursday through Monday. Last year it was 35.1 million. The automobile association estimates 1,312, 559 Ohioans plan to travel for the holiday, also a slight decline from last year.
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Cheryl Parker with AAA in Cincinnati said one reason for the decrease is the impact of the federal government's budget sequester is starting to be felt.