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Tax refunds
3:20 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Kearney proposes debit cards for tax refunds

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A state senator from Cincinnati is introducing a bill that would let taxpayers get their income tax refund on a prepaid debit card. 

Sen. Eric Kearney said the state needs to adjust to the marketplace.

“This prepaid debit card program will benefit those citizens that do not have a bank account for direct deposit, or for those who wish to avoid the hassle with paper checks and check cashing fees,” Kearney said in a statement.  “They will also be able to use their prepaid debit cards in stores, online, over the phone, or anywhere that accepts debit cards.”

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West Nile
2:31 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

West Nile infects two people in Hamilton County

Add Hamilton County to the list of places in Ohio which have identified human cases of the West Nile Virus.

Hamilton County reports two cases coming from the western side of town. That brings the number of Ohio cases to eleven.

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Commission on Sheriff's budget
1:07 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Commission: no plans to gut Sheriff's department

Hamilton County Commissioners are navigating the budget process for next year. No decisions have been made but they're already responding to comments from outgoing Sheriff Simon Leis that they plan to gut his department.

Leis threatens proposed cuts would mean laying off employees and reducing space at the overcrowded county jail.

Commissioner Chris Monzel says public safety is a top priority.

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Home Sales Up
12:13 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Home Sales Up in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Home sales in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are up this July compared to the same time last year. In a release, the Cincinnati Area board of Realtors says sales were up more than 13 percent from July 2011 and the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors show a seven percent increase for the same time period. This is the 13th consecutive month where home sales increased on a month to month comparison in Cincinnati.

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First day of school
11:26 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Students head back to school

Seventh and eighth graders at Nagel Middle School prepare for their first day. (Forest Hills School District)

For many Tri-State students today was the first day of school.

Thirty-three thousand kids in the Cincinnati Public School District returned to class. Highlights include four new or renovated buildings.  Western Hills High School is now a 7-12 school. Next year CPS will convert all its high schools to the 7-12 model.

Here are some pictures of kids in the Forest Hills School District, Anderson Township. Please post your first day  pictures on the WVXU Facebook page.

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