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School report cards
4:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New State Report Cards Reflect Effects of Tougher Grading Standards

The state has released its annual report cards, evaluating the performance of every Ohio school district and each individual school. This is just the second time that the state has used its “A” through “F” grading system. But  this time the grades are lower in one area for a lot more districts.

The state’s report cards give letter grades in 9 areas of academic performance. More Ohio school districts this year earned an A in 7 of those nine areas than last year. But in the “Indicators Met” area – which covers how students did on required proficiency tests – there was a huge drop.

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Public Health
11:57 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Children's Hospital limiting visitors as a precaution

Credit Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is putting visitor restrictions in place because of the high number of patients in the hospital with respiratory illnesses. 

A release says all visitors should be healthy – free from fever, cough, colds, or stomach virus symptoms. Children under 14 may only visit siblings and only parents or guardians should visit in critical care areas.  The restrictions are the same as those put in place every winter during flu season.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Defense, prosecution present opening statements in Hunter trial

The jury in the criminal trial of suspended Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter heard over four hours of opening statements from defense and prosecution lawyers today.  

Special prosecutor R. Scott Croswell painted a picture of a woman who has, since taking office in May 2012, repeatedly violated court rules and broken laws to the point where there was no choice but to seek a criminal indictment against her.

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Mount Adams
2:51 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Mt. Adams residents raising opposition to taller buildings

Update 09/10/14 at 3:30 PM:  Mount Adams residents are opposing a city proposal to change the zoning code to allow taller buildings in their neighborhood.  Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday he agrees with them. 

The plan is part of a broader zoning overhaul.  Mayor Cranley said his administration inherited the issue.

"I'm not sure it's worth pursuing in light of the kind of negative reaction we're getting everywhere we go with it," Cranley said.  "I'm not proposing this and I'm not sure candidly that the zoning code needs a lot of fixing."

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Government
2:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

New auto titling office to open in northern Hamilton County

Later this fall, you'll no longer have to drive Downtown or to Forest Park to get a vehicle title. Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Tracy Winkler is opening another titling office in the Fields-Ertel area.

Winkler says the office will offer all kinds of vehicle titling and eventually passport processing.

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