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Inside Pitch
12:28 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

School board member to run for Cincinnati council

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson
Michael E. Keating

Vanessa Y. White is foregoing a run for re-election to the Cincinnati Board of Education this year; and will run for Cincinnati City Council instead.

White, 49, put out a press release Thursday morning saying that she is "looking to make a broader impact" on the community.

Her first run for office was in 2009, when she emerged from a pack of 12 Cincinnati school board members to win one of the four seats that were open that year. It was her first run for public office; and she was the only non-incumbent elected that year.

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Politics
10:26 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Nun suspected of voting for dead Sister

A Cincinnati nun is being investigated for illegally casting an absentee ballot for another Sister of Charity who died before last November's election. 

Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, a 78-year-old Sister of Charity, died Oct. 4 - the same day the Hamilton County Board of Elections mailed her absentee ballot and about 60,000 others to persons around the county who had requested them.

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Cincinnati retirement
8:04 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Special meeting yields little new information on Cincinnati retirement system

Jay Hanselman

Preliminary numbers show Cincinnati's Retirement System had an 11.9 percent return on its investments for 2012.  That's better than the 7.5 percent officials had projected. 

That's about the only new information that came from a special city council meeting Wednesday night to discuss the retirement system. 

Council Members Christopher Smitherman and Charlie Winburn called the session. 

Smitherman was upset by who was not at the meeting...

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University of Cincinnati
1:26 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

UC hits fundraising milestone

UC President Santa Ono tweeted this picture during the fundraising announcement
Credit Santa Ono via Twitter / University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is celebrating a major fundraising goal today. The Proudly Cincinnati campaign is four months ahead of schedule.

The school surpassed $1 billion in personal and corporate donations this month. UC says this places it among one percent of all U.S. colleges and universities to ever raise that amount.

While the Cincinnati region tops the donation list, 33 percent of donations came from New York City, Washington DC and Northern California.

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Local News
11:08 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Kenton County says no to tolls

Transportation officials say there are no structural concerns, but the Brent Spence is functionally obsolete. It handles 172,000 vehicles per day.
Michael Keating

After hearing from residents opposed to using tolls to pay for the Brent Spence Bridge project,  the Kenton County Fiscal Court has passed a resolution expressing its opposition as well. Tuesday night's vote was unanimous. 

"Someone mentioned earlier, back in the '50's, we were able to build an interstate highway system.  Now we can't even build one bridge that is of national significance; and certainly that ought to be a highest priority for our federal government,"  said Commissioner Jon Draud.

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