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10:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Local members of Congress make their points with guest list at State of the Union

Some Ohio members of the House and Senate will have their own guests in the House gallery tonight when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

And they weren’t chosen at random.

Both House Speaker John Boehner of West Chester and Ohio’s senior senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown, have invited guests who are there to make a point on public policy.

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Transportation
4:44 am
Tue January 20, 2015

I-75 Overpass collapse kills one

As daylight breaks, crews begin working to pull the semi away from the collapse.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Update 1/20/15 2:51 p.m.: ODOT says the field investigation has concluded, and the clean up operations have started.  In a press release, ODOT says debris removal is expected to take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours.  After that, inspectors will look at the southbound lanes of I-75 to see if any repairs are needed. 

Update 01/20/15, 12:45 p.m.: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Cincinnati have released new information about Monday night's overpass collapse on southbound I-75.  

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Transportation
4:23 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Collapse could cause more than traffic problems, economy could also be affected

In terms of goods and raw materials, an amount equal to three percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product crosses through this stretch of I-75 each year.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Commuters aren't the only ones trying to find new routes following Monday night's overpass collapse on southbound I-75 at Hopple Street. Truck drivers hauling goods and manufacturing products have to divert around town.

Ohio, Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments' CEO Mark Policinski says the predicted multi-day road closure could have economic implications.

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Cincinnati Council
4:14 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Cincy Council considering 3 proposals for dangerous dogs

A Cincinnati Council committee could vote in two weeks on a plan to punish people who do not control their dangerous or vicious dogs.

The debate centers on whether the plan includes criminal penalties in addition to fines.

Council Member Yvette Simpson and others said the target needs to be drug dealers who train dogs to be vicious to protect their operations.

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Local News
4:13 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Frisch's sues to recover $3.3 million it says was embezzled by former executive

Credit Frisch's

Frisch's Restaurants says a former executive stole millions from the company over several years and is taking him to court to recover it.

In a press release, Frisch's said Michael Hudson, the company's former assistant treasurer, embezzled an estimated $3.3 million from the company by forging payroll documents, creating false documents and accounting entries to divert the money into his personal bank accounts.

Frisch's said in its press release that Hudson resigned and assumed full responsibility. The civil suit has been filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

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