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7:34 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Smitherman re-elected to NAACP presidency

Christopher Smitherman

Cincinnati city council member Christopher Smitherman was re-elected to a fourth two-year term Tuesday as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, fighting off a challenge from a long-time union leader, Bob Richardson.

At Richardson's request, Tuesday's election was supervised by officials of the NAACP's national office, who would not release the final results of the election, except to say that about 1,100 members voted Tuesday at the NAACP's Bond Hill office.

Smitherman's entire executive committee was re-elected as well.

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Tourism numbers increasing
3:40 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Study: Tourism boosting Greater Cincinnati economy

Michael Keating

Tourism accounts for one in 10 jobs across Greater Cincinnati and visitors spent $4.1 billion here last year.

Those findings are based on an economic impact study commissioned by the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network. It's the first such report in more than 10 years.

The study also shows for every 10 direct jobs in tourism, four indirect jobs are created elsewhere in the economy.

Tourism Network President Linda Antus says there's another benefit as well.

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Cincinnati Police
5:27 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Cincinnati Police start fitness program; Chief challenges Sheriff Leis

Chief James Craig and Sgt. Ron Hale
WVXU

***UPDATE: Sheriff Leis says he is not interested in the challenge***  

The Cincinnati Police Department begins a fitness program next week and bragging rights are on the line.  Officers who pass could potentially earn an extra star on their uniform.

Police Chief James Craig says a fit cop is a happy cop. He's announcing a pilot program with the fittest members of the department. Sgt. Ron Hale explains how to pass the test.

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Brent Spence Bridge
4:30 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Bridge coalition launches awareness effort

Michael Keating

A group aiming to speed up the timeline and reduce the cost of replacing the Brent Spence Bridge is stepping up public awareness efforts.

The Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition is advocating a public-private partnership to replace the aging Brent Spence. The group believes with corporate involvement and federal funding and cooperation, the bridge can be replaced more quickly and for less.

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Cincinnati budget
3:47 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Cincinnati's mayor sends budget to city council

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
Michael Keating

Cincinnati's Mayor is sending the City Manager's recommended budget to Council for its consideration.  

Mark Mallory praised the administration's budget Tuesday and Milton Dohoney.

The mayor did make about a $1 million worth of changes to the proposed spending plan.  

Mallory wants to restore $610,770 of funding for human services programs, some or all of $300,000 for Media Bridges, $50,000 for arts grants and $56,000 for a domestic violence advocate in the city's law department.  

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