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Foreclosure
12:01 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Cincinnati/Middletown: Bottom 20 for real estate recovery

These foreclosed homes in Evanston are decreasing area property values. Evanston is part of a pilot program where banks are held responsible for cutting the grass and taking care of the properties they own.
Credit Jay Hanselman / WVXU

In its first-ever Housing Market Recovery Index, RealtyTrac reports the Cincinnati/Middletown market is in the  bottom 20 markets which lag the real estate recovery nationally. (among the 100 markets ranked by RealtyTrac)

The index was calculated based on these seven different factors:

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Local News
12:00 am
Sun August 18, 2013

JobsOhio: Boon or bust for Kasich?

So, the Ohio Ethics Commission said this week it has no reason to investigate Gov. John Kasich’s ethical relationship with a company that received more than $500,000 in state tax credits.

End of story, right?

Well, maybe not.

It is a story that involves JobsOhio, the private non-profit economic development firm created by Kasich soon after he became governor to replace the public Ohio Department of Development.

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The London Police
3:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Globe traveling street artists are back in town

Bob Gibson (seated) and Chaz Barrissonn (on floor) work on their mural at CVG.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

In 1998, Chaz Barrissonn and Bob Gibson started their quest to spread their unique street art around the world.  Thirty-five countries, 100 shows and 15 years later, the duo, known as The London Police, find themselves at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport creating a mural near the ticketing area.

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Public safety
12:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Ohio AG speaks to Ohio FOP conference

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Ohio Attorney General website

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said law enforcement in the state is strained because of declining resources to pay for cops on the street.

He was in Cincinnati Friday to deliver opening remarks at the Ohio FOP annual conference.  

“I think if you talk about the state of law enforcement, it is strained in this state,” DeWine said.  “There are probably fewer people in most departments than were there 5 years ago.”

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Library
10:01 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Hamilton County likes to read

Maria Luiso of Loveland previews one of the many items she selected for check out at the Symmes Township Branch Library.
Credit Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County / Provided

No one likes to read as much as folks in Southwest Ohio. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is the busiest central library in the country for a second year in a row. That's according to a report from the Public Library Association.

Overall, the Cincinnati library is the 7th busiest public library system in the country and second busiest in Ohio behind Cuyahoga County.

The 2013 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) statistical report surveys more than 1,400 public libraries in the United States and Canada.

The Cincinnati library writes:

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