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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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Neighborhood development
9:04 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Cincinnati Council to vote on comprehensive plan

Cincinnati Council is expected to vote Wednesday to approve the city’s first comprehensive plan in more than 30 years. 


The Livable Communities Committee approved the proposal Monday night. 


The document has been in the works for more than 3 years and focuses on what the city will look like in the future.  Specifically it has strategies that for the first time focus on economic development activities in the neighborhoods. 


Planning and Buildings Director Charles Graves described the plan this way.

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Board aiming for unanimous vote
3:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Budget vote delayed one week

Tana Weingartner WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are pushing back the date to pass a 2013 general fund budget.

Board President Greg Hartmann's plan has two votes but he'd prefer to present a unified front and have it pass unanimously.

Lone Democrat Todd Portune says, "no offense to Hartmann" but...

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