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Public restroom
4:03 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Cost for Cincinnati's restroom plan could be going lower

The Portland Loo in Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon government website

A Cincinnati Council Committee could vote Tuesday on a plan to locate the city's first freestanding public restroom at Findlay Market.  

And the facility similar to the Portland Loo could cost a lot less than first thought.  

Last week the city manager said such a project could have a price tag of $130,000 with about $90,000 of that for the actual restroom facility.  But Council Member Chris Seelbach said the city may be able to get the restroom for about $40,000... lowering the overall cost.  

Inside Pitch
3:53 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Bluegrass Democrats party at inauguration

Kentucky may have been won handily by Republican Mitt Romney in the general election, but Democrats from the Bluegrass State will be partying in Washington, D.C. Sunday to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama.

The Kentucky Democratic Party is hosting a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on K Street in Washington, with Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Kentucky Democratic Party chairman Dan Logsdon on hand.

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Hamilton County
3:34 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Hamilton Co Commission could vote on MSD policy Wednesday

Tana Weingartner WVXU

The Hamilton County Commissioner could now vote Wednesday on a resolution asking the Metropolitan Sewer District to end its responsible bidder policy on contracts.  

The commission last week said it's bad for business.  

But some Cincinnati Council Members who approved the policy are defending it.  

Chris Seelbach said it's designed to make sure job training is a part of the multi-billion dollar plan to rebuild the sewer system.  

He said he's working with Commission President Chris Monzel on a solution.

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Hamilton County Commission
3:24 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Monzel takes helm at Hamilton County

Chris Monzel is the new President of the Hamilton County Board of Commission.
Credit WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners reorganized Monday with Chris Monzel assuming the presidency.

Monzel says he plans to stay the course laid out by fellow commissioner Greg Hartmann.

"Definitely public safety is the number one priority for Hamilton County. And it's something that's important and especially with the new Sheriff coming on board of what the public safety needs are. So that's number one, that's always been the number one priority to me in government," he says.

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Politics
9:56 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Howard Wilkinson's Political Chat

Michael Keating

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the 2014 Ohio election for state offices. 

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