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2:24 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Cincinnati cashes in on the movie making industry

Christmas Spirit filmed in Lebanon last year.
Credit Greater Cincinnati & NKY FIlm Commission

The movie business is bringing millions to the Tri-State, according to a new study by University of Cincinnati economists.

Carol, Miles Ahead and the A&E television series Renovation Row, all filmed in 2014, were responsible for adding $45.9 million in direct and indirect spending to the local economy.  The Economic Impact Study was commissioned by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

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Cincinnati government
1:25 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

City combining utility administrative functions saving money

Credit Sarah Ramsey

So far the city is saving money by merging the administrative functions of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, the Metropolitan Sewer District and the stormwater utility.  

A council committee got an update Tuesday.  

The savings right now is projected to be $55 million during the next decade.  That is less than the initial feasibility study suggested, but officials are still crunching the numbers.  

Director Tony Parrott said so far, so good.

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Cancer Research
11:47 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Lauren Hill basketball game raises more than $58,000

Hill and a friend high-five after the check presentation Tuesday at MSJ.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

After appearing in a wheel chair last week, Lauren Hill stood on her own Tuesday before a crowd of students at Mount Saint Joseph University. She came to thank them for turning out for her first collegiate basketball game and raising funds for The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

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Local News
9:19 am
Tue November 18, 2014

House Committee passes provision that opens the door to merit-based pay for teachers

Ed Dotson of the Ohio Education Association testifies before House committee
Credit Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The bill passed by the House Education committee would eliminate the minimum salary requirement and salary schedule for teachers, and instead requires local school districts to come up with their own systems.

Republican Rep. Gerald Stebelton of Lancaster is the chair.

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Local News
9:06 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Redistricting bills propose big changes in line drawing process

The Constitutional Modernization Commission had looked at various options for improving redistricting, a process that’s generally blamed for creating legislative and congressional districts that favor one party over another. 

The panel was very close to bringing a plan forward.  But now, two new bills have surfaced. Republican Representative Matt Huffman is the sponsor of these new plans.

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