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Cincinnati budget
4:14 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Cincinnati Council approves budget by 5-4 vote

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Cincinnati Council officially balanced the budget Thursday for the next fiscal year that begins in a just a few weeks.  But once again the plan relies heavily on one-time sources and juggling other funds to close a $35 million deficit.  

There are no police and fire layoffs, but some 60 other city employees will be out of work.  

Residents can also expect some city services to be affected... plus two recreation centers will close and five city swimming pools will be shut down after this summer.  

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Recycling
2:29 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Inside a refrigerator's insides

Justin Rainer with recycling company JACO Environmental pries the back off an old fridge.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Duke Energy tore apart an old refrigerator Thursday... and not just because someone thought destruction sounded fun. The demonstration highlights Duke's appliance recycling program.

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Wilmington Air Park
6:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Jobs are slowly coming back to Wilmington

Business is slowly coming back to Wilmington and the air park.
Clinton County Port Authority

Ohio Governor John Kasich is traveling to Wilmington Thursday to announce a handful of companies are making commitments to create hundreds of jobs.

The positive economic news in and around Wilmington has been slow to come ever since DHL closed it's domestic operations and put 8,000 people out of a job.

These companies are hiring

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Cincinnati Public Schools
9:42 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

CPS budget amount set, now comes balancing act

Superintendent Mary Ronan has to cut more than $10 million in the next four weeks to balance the district's budget.
Holly Yurchison WVXU News

Faced with an estimated $14.8 million dollar budget gap,  the Cincinnati school district is asking the public for ideas on reducing costs and raising revenue.  Superintendent Mary Ronan says the general fund budget for next school year totals $474 million.  Now the challenge is to balance the spending plan by the end of next month as required by law. 

Ronan says the shortfall is because of state funding.

"We believe we are now back up to what we were getting in 2007," she said.  "The last several years we saw significant cuts from the state."

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Emergency Communications
4:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hamilton County offering to merge 911 services with Cincinnati

While Cincinnati City Council looks into its emergency communications operations following a recent television news investigation, Hamilton County is offering one possible solution.

Commissioners Wednesday approved a resolution supporting a joint city/county emergency communications center.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann says this is a great opportunity for shared services.

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