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4:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Long road ahead to restore Oak Glen Nature Preserve following oil spill

Stewardship Manager Bob Mason pulls a rock from the contaminated creek and checks it for oil.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

It was late evening on March 17 when neighbors reported smelling diesel near the Oak Glen Nature Preserve in Colerain Township. An underground pipeline run by a Sunoco subsidiary had ruptured and oil was oozing down a hillside creek, collecting in a pond and threatening to seep into the Great Miami River.

A month later, you can still see oil ringing trees like high-water marks.

Great Parks of Hamilton County spokeswoman Jennifer Sivak says, "you can still smell the oil."

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Same-sex
11:50 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cincinnati same-sex couples plan to test judge's ruling

The out-of-state marriages for these four couples, who sued on behalf of the birth certificates of their children, will be recognized.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Federal Judge Timothy Black ruled as he said he was going to, striking down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban that blocks recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. (there is a stay on the order except for the four couples involved. Attorney Al Gerhardstein says the earliest the stay would be lifted is Wednesday.)

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Cincinnati budget
10:56 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cincinnati budgets presentations starting sooner rather than later

Cincinnati budget officials are working to put together the city's spending plan for the next fiscal year.  Department heads will likely begin making presentations to Council about their budgets in two weeks.  

Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Charlie Winburn had suggested those half hour presentations start at the end of May.  But council members wanted more time for the process so the schedule was changed.

Council member Kevin Flynn asked for the additional time.  He said the previous schedule was not aggressive enough.

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Same-sex
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Judge scheduled to "officially" rule in same-sex case

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Monday is the day Federal Judge Timothy Black says he will rule in the case of four same-sex couples who want to get their names on their children's birth certificates.

Their request goes beyond what attorney Al Gerhardstein had originally asked in the February lawsuit. He broadened it to request the judge strike down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban, passed by voters in 2004.

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Death and Dying
4:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

End of Life Decisions for the ‘Oldest Old’

The “oldest old”, those 85 and over, are America’s fastest growing age group.   The growth rate for that segment is four times that of the total population.

People with relatives in that age group or those who have reached that point themselves, may be familiar with the options for aggressive treatment modern medicine offers, options that weren’t available when the previous generations of elderly approached the end. 

To intervene or not

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