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bid rigging
5:24 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Ohio bid rigging investigation underway

Mark Heyne

There are questions regarding whether Ohio Department of Transportation employees followed the proper bidding procedures and allowed conspiracies between suppliers. A Hamilton County company is the first to plead guilty.

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Inside Pitch
3:54 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Rand Paul to headline Hamilton County GOP event

Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who has hinted at a possible run for the presidency in 2016, will be the featured speaker next month at the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club's annual pancake breakfast.

Paul - the son of former Libertarian and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul - has been dropping broad hints about 2016, but that year is also the year when his U.S. Senate seat is up for re-election. And, under Kentucky election law, Paul would have to choose one or the other.

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Public safety
1:40 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Council Member wants metal detectors back at Cincinnati City Hall

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

A Cincinnati Council Member wants to reinstall metal detectors at the entrance to City Hall.  

Cecil Thomas said in a press release the current protocol of having people sign a register as they enter the building doesn't deter violence.  He said anyone could carry a weapon into the building.
Thomas points out federal and county public facilities use metal detectors.  

Cincinnati streetcar
12:37 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

SORTA Board appoves agreement language Cincinnati opposes

Streetcar on display at Fountain Square several years ago
Jay Hanselman

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) is moving ahead with the process to apply for an $11 million federal grant to help build the Cincinnati Streetcar system.   

A cooperative agreement will govern how the two agencies spend the federal money during the streetcar project.  

But the SORTA Board has approved language in a document the city does not want included.

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Local News
11:17 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Prince Hall Shriners convention returning in 2015

The Prince Hall Shriners, who filled downtown Cincinnati in August 2011 with 25,000 members, spouses and family, liked the experience so much they are bringing their national convention back in 2015.


The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine – better known as the Prince Hall Shriners  - is the oldest African-American fraternal organization in the world , founded in 1893 with 35,000 members in 227 Shrine Temples around the country.

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