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Holiday event
6:05 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Cincinnati's Fountain Square lights up tonight

Cincinnati's Fountain Square during the holiday season.
3CDC website

Cincinnati will officially welcome the holiday season Friday evening with the Light Up the Square event. 

The holiday decorations and the tree on Fountain Square will be turned on for the first time.

Festivities will begin at 6PM, with live music from Eclipse and the Cincy Brass, and a special performance by SCPA’s musical theater group.

Revelers can also expect special appearances from the likes of Drew and Lea Lachey, as well as Santa Claus.

Fountain Square will also feature plenty of food, music, ice skating and a fireworks show.

Police shooting
7:14 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Cincinnati police investigate officer involved shooting

Michael Keating Cincinnati Police

Cincinnati Police are continuing an investigation after an officer shot and killed a suspect Wednesday evening in Avondale. 

Channel 9 WCPO reported the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. at Reading Road and Burton Avenue.

Police were reportedly doing an undercover drug bust when they think the suspects caught on to the situation.  The suspects and the officer began to exchange gun fire.

Channel 9 reported officials said one suspect died and the other is recovering from non life-threatening injuries at University Hospital.

Japanese tsunami aid prompts gift
4:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Dayton man says 'thanks' with cherry trees

On the 100th anniversary of Japan's gifting of cherry trees to the United States as a sign of friendship, a Japanese businessman is recreating the gesture.

Alex Hara is vice president of commercial banking for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Hara was so moved by the U.S. and U.S. military response to the 2011 Japanese tsunami, he's spearheading the planting of 1,000 cherry trees across the Dayton region. It's called Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project.

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WVXU
4:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Time to pay delinquent taxes running out

Kentucky's tax amnesty is winding down and the officials running it are expecting the response during the final days to be overwhelming.  The program started October 1.  Mack Gillim with the Department of Revenue said more than 11,000 applications have come in so far.

"Of that, a little over 9,000 were in-state applications and almost 2,000 out of state," said Gillim.  "We've had over 23,000 phone calls and 46,000 plus visits to our website."

Gillim said, based on Kentucky's previous amnesty programs, there could be another 20,000 or so applications. 

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Cincinnati budget
11:30 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Could parking lease balance Cincinnati budget

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Could Cincinnati's massive general fund budget deficit be gone?  It could be, but it comes with a big if.

Earlier reports suggested City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. would have to close a $34 to $40 million deficit.  

But during council committee meeting last week at least a couple Council Members dropped hints his plan will again close the deficit with no layoffs for city workers.  

Reportedly the manager could close a large portion of the deficit with a sizeable up-front payment in a contract to lease the city's parking system to a private operator.  

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