The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers.
Sexual misconduct, racism, teacher intimidation, questionable testing policies, and mishandling of complaints about those claims were among the allegations the teachers brought to the state board of education meeting.
The teachers were all former employees of the Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School, a charter school managed by the Chicago-based Concept Schools.
Suspended Judge Tracie Hunter, indicted on charges she misused county credit cards and backdated court documents, will go on trial September 8, 2014.
Hamilton County Court Judge Norbert Nadel rejected arguments by Hunter's attorney, Clyde Bennett II that charges of forgery, theft in office and tampering with evidence be dropped. Nadel also said no to three separate trials and a change-of-venue. The Judge said if jurors can't be seated in September then the trial may be moved.
The Gardner Family Foundation is donating $2.3 million to develop a portion of Smale Riverfront Park. The money will be used to create a rose garden and nearly two acre tree grove.
Peggy Johns says the Gardner Family Grove and Rose Garden is a tribute to her late father Jim.
"My father loved Cincinnati," says Johns. "Roses were a passion for him all his life. My grandfather Gardner was a prize rose grower... and my dad learned how to take care of the roses growing up, that was his chore."
Kentucky is one of nearly a dozen states currently not in compliance with the 2005 “REAL ID” Act. The law is meant to standardize security procedures for issuing driver’s licenses across the country. Lisa Tolliver with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the state was at an early disadvantage. She says the REAL ID law was designed for states with what she calls a “traditional DMV” setup, something Kentucky doesn’t have: