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3:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Cincinnati and SORTA resolve transit fund dispute

Cincinnati Metro buses in downtown
Michael Keating

Cincinnati City Council ended its dispute with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Wednesday by approving Metro's operating budget for the remaining four-months of the city's fiscal year.  

Council had been approving monthly budgets because of a disagreement with the SORTA, which manages the bus system, over how the city's transit tax can be spent.  

The SORTA Board argued it was only for Metro purposes and had filed a lawsuit concerning the issue.   

The city countered it could be used for any transit related expense.  

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Hamilton County Commission
2:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Hamilton County sets policy agenda

Hamilton County Commissioners Wednesday approved a two-year policy document.

The resolution outlines the board's guiding agenda for 2013 and 2014.

Board President Chris Monzel drafted the policy and says it continues the agenda set out by his predecessor and fellow commissioner Greg Hartmann.

The document focuses on three key areas: county finances and taxes, infrastructure, and economic development.

Hamilton County Commission
2:43 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Memorial Hall lease deal will fund renovations

Memorial Hall during filming for "Ides of March."
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Historic Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine is getting a new lease on life.

Hamilton County Commissioners are leasing the performance hall to 3CDC. The 40-year-deal will allow for major renovations.

Marge Hammelrath is CEO of the Memorial Hall Society. She says the organization will maintain oversight of the building and its operations.

"That's our thing that we worked for in this agreement. We wanted to make sure that the hall stays in the hands of the people and we represent {the} community as a non profit," she says.

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Inside Pitch
11:41 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Fired assistant principal runs for Cincinnati council

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson
Photo by Michael E. Keating

Mike Moroski, the former assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School who was fired this month for saying gays should be allowed to marry, announced his candidacy for Cincinnati City Council on his personal website Wednesday.

Moroski told WVXU this morning that he had originally planned to run in 2017, but his firing from Purcell Marian by the Archodiocese of Cincinnati on Feb. 9 for writing that "gay people SHOULD be allowed to marry" on his blog, hastened his time table.

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Cincinnati Casino
4:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Casino Parking and what it will mean to surrounding neighborhoods

Outside the Parking Garage
Sarah Ramsey

The new Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is expected to attract millions of visitors each year and the majority of them will be driving

So where will all the cars go?  Many will park in the new 2500 space parking structure attached to the casino.  

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