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12:34 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Regional economic outlook shows modest growth

The Greater Cincinnati region is slightly ahead of the nation according to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky joint chambers' 2013 economic outlook released Tuesday.

Janet Harrah is Senior Director of NKU's Center for Economic Analysis and Development.

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Inside Pitch
8:57 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Hard road to re-election for Kasich?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the first-term Republican, is almost dead even with a generic Democratic opponent, despite his rising job approval numbers according to a poll released earlier this month by Public Policy Polling.

Kasich is up for re-election in 2014.

The poll, conducted Nov. 3-4 among 1,000 Ohio likely voters, asked this question: "If there was an election for governor today, would you vote for Republican John Kasich or his Democratic opponent?"

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Neighborhood issues
4:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

CityLink Center ready to open in West End

CityLink Center on Bank Street in the West End.
Credit Jay Hanselman

After years of planning, legal challenges and construction, the new CityLink Center officially opens Tuesday in the West End.  It will have a different mission than when it was first proposed nearly a decade ago.

The initial plans for CityLink called for a facility to help the homeless with health services, overnight shelter, food, temporary housing and child care.  

CityLink Executive Director Johnmark Oudersluys said that changed in the spring of 2010, when leaders decided instead to focus on the working poor.

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Business
4:39 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Hostess to close Cincinnati bakery

Hostess says it will permanently close three of its bakeries, including Cincinnati, because of an ongoing national strike. One hundred fifty two people work at the Cincinnati location. All will lose their jobs.

Reportedly union workers walked off the job after a new contract imposed cuts in wages and benefits.   Hostess says the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union strike was preventing the facilities from producing and delivering products.

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Campaign to eliminate food deserts
1:27 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Attacking 'food deserts'

If you aren't familiar with the "food desert" concept, you may be soon. The Center for Closing the Health Gap is launching an awareness campaign about communities without access to a full-service grocery store.

Executive Director Renee Mahaffey Harris says Cincinnati is one of only a few cities nationwide to win a grant for the campaign.

"We are going to build a fund. And that fund will enable to provide access to grocery stores in sites throughout our city and throughout this region that do not have a full service grocery store," she says.

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