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8:52 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Court order upholds Ohio's 35-day early voting period; Secretary of State plans appeal

Ohio’s 35 day period of early voting – beginning next Tuesday - will remain in effect after a three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the state of Ohio’s appeal Wednesday.

But Secretary of State Jon Husted said Wednesday he will ask the full 15-member federal appeals court to hear the state’s appeal of the decision. Time is running out for that, though, with early voting set to start in five days.

It is not yet clear whether the full appeals court will agree to hear the state’s appeal.

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Public Safety
4:42 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

No Indictment for officers in Beavercreek Walmart shooting

Demonstrators pray outside the Greene County Courthouse following the announcement that the special grand jury won't indict police officers in the Beavercreek Walmart shooting.
Credit Wayne Baker / WYSO

A grand jury in Greene County has found that the actions of officers involved in the Beavercreek Walmart shooting were justified. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will investigate. 

Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police in the store the evening of August 5th. A 9-1-1 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle. Police said he didn't obey commands to put down what turned out to be an air rifle BB-gun.

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The Banks
3:34 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Cincinnati Council likely to discuss Mahogany's Monday

Credit Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance committee is likely to discuss the now closed Mahogany's Restaurant during its meeting Monday.  

A Council majority has signed a motion asking city administrators to meet with owner Liz Rogers and her attorney to see if there's a way to protect the city's financing that went into the project.  

Four people addressed the issue Wednesday during Council's regular weekly meeting.  Resident Iris Roley directed a portion of her comments to Mayor John Cranley.

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Public Health
1:57 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Chilling (but good) news for Hamilton County Coroner

Credit Sarah Ramsey

Replacement parts for 40-year-old body coolers are hard to find. But after some searching, Hamilton County officials have found the part needed to fix the broken compressor on the main body cooler in the coroner's office.

County Administrator Christian Sigman says the part was found in Louisville and costs $3,500, but it's the only one the company has. He says he hopes to have the cooler back in service by Friday. Sigman says the county will continue the search for a second part just in case something goes wrong with the back-up body cooler.

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Economic development
3:25 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Reviewing Cincinnati's policies for tax abatements and incentives

Cincinnati officials often get many questions about offering tax breaks and incentives to companies to bring jobs and businesses to the city.  

Council's Rules and Audit Committee got an overview Tuesday of such programs and the results.  

Jeff McElravy is the Interim Director of the city's Trade and Development Department.  He described the balance with offering company's job creation tax credits.

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