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1:39 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Woman in vote fraud case seeking plea bargain

A Madisonville woman charged with eight counts of illegal voting over three elections is seeking a plea bargain with the Hamilton County prosecutor's office.

Melowese Richardson, 58, who was a poll worker at the Madisonville Recreation Center's polling place last fall, appeared in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning, where her lawyer, William Gallagher told Judge Robert Ruehlman that he was negotiating plea agreement.

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Cincinnati budget
12:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Cincy manager reduces layoffs in his budget plan

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Thursday presented his proposed budget for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1st.   His plan included layoffs for 201 city employees, but that’s down from the 344 he first discussed last month.

Dohoney’s budget plan was given to Mayor Mark Mallory, who now has ten days to review it and make changes before sending it to City Council.

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Kentucky Speedway
12:31 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Area police talk smack while preparing for Kentucky Speedway race

The "Top Cop Challenge," part of Police Memorial Week, is May 16th at the Kentucky Speedway.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

"Let the games begin," said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones and Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig. Listen to them talk smack at a news conference Thursday as they announced the Kentucky Speedway's First Top Cop Challenge, May 16th, as part of Police Memorial Week.


Officers representing Cincinnati, Butler County, Hamilton County, Florence, Lexington, Gallatin County, Oldham County and the Kentucky State Police will open the competition with a two-officer team.

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James Craig
11:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Chief Craig says Detroit decision will come "soon"

Chief James Craig (left) and members of the Butler and Hamilton police departments at a Thursday news conference about a Kentucky Speedway race.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati Police James Craig said Thursday morning he is interested in taking the Detroit Police Chief job if it is offered.


"I'm excited about the probability of going to Detroit and becoming the police chief. I'm very excited about that."


He made those comments at a news conference announce a Kentucky Speedway race with various police and sheriff's departments.


When WVXU asked about a timetable he said he didn't know, but, "I'm sure it is going to happen soon."

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Bicycling
11:10 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Cincinnati adds safety tracking for bicyclists

Local bicyclists now have an easier way to report harassment and collisions.  Cincinnati has added a "Bicyclist Incident" form on its customer service website, 5916000.com.  It's also on the city's mobile app, Cincinnati City Hall Mobile, which is GPS-enabled so cyclists can accurately report their location.  (The app is available through Apple's App Store and Google Play.)

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