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City retirement
8:32 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Special Council session on city's pension system

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Cincinnati Council held another special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the city's troubled pension system. 


Like many plans around the country it has a large unfunded liability, meaning without changes eventually there won't be enough money to pay promised retiree benefits. 


Council Members Charlie Winburn and Christopher Smitherman called the meeting. 

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Economic development
3:33 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Cincinnati changing prevailing wages rule on projects

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Developers doing work in Cincinnati will have to pay prevailing wage on the entire construction project if the city is investing money in it.  

State law requires that rate for publicly funded portions of a project like parking garages and street improvements.  But the city's policy would go further.

Projects with less than 30 percent city investment will be exempted.  

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Hamilton County Commission
1:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Hamilton County considering raises for employees

Hamilton County Commissioners are considering wage increases for county employees but first they have to find the money.

Most county employees haven't had a raise in six years.

Board President Chris Monzel wants to institute merit-based increases beginning in July. Those would be contingent on the county administrator figuring out additional revenue sources.

Monzel wants to see how the Governor's budget shakes out before taking action.

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Community development
11:39 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Westwood Square funding vote April 10th

Artist rendering of proposed Westwood Civic Square
City of Cincinnati

Several organizations now say they're ready to move forward on planning for a Westwood Civic Square.  Four organizations sent an e-mail Tuesday to Mayor Mark Mallory and Council Members on the project.

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Flu
11:34 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Flu deaths up to 5 in Northern Kentucky

A woman tries to prevent the flu by getting the nasal spray vaccine FluMist
Credit CDC

Northern Kentucky health officials are seeing an alarming trend this flu season; more people have to go to the hospital. Statistics from last week showed one in four people who had the flu required hospitalization.


The Northern Kentucky Health Department District Director Lynne Saddler says fighting the flu is hard on the body.

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