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Ohio budget surplus
5:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Ohio posts surplus for first half of two-year budget

The state ended the first half of the two-year budget in the black – in a big way. State budget director Tim Keen says the fiscal year ended with an $800 million surplus:

"We were able to close the year with tax receipts coming in modestly above estimate, about one percent above estimate; and spending, led by Medicaid spending, below the appropriated levels."

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Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban
4:57 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kentucky a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage

A federal judge has ruled that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a decision that could pave the way for same-sex couples to get married in the state.

Federal Judge John Heyburn ruled Tuesday that the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause, calling the state’s counter argument that gay couples can’t contribute to the state’s economic well being because they can’t procreate “illogical” and “bewildering.”

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IRS
4:45 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Tea Party & IRS waiting for Cincinnati court decision

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen visited the Cincinnati office in January.
Credit IRS

The timetable is unclear but U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott will decide if the NorCal Tea Party Patriots lawsuit filed against the IRS and 19 Cincinnati workers will go forward. A Motion to Dismiss hearing was held this week in federal court. Dlott said she will take the matter under submission.

The NorCal Tea Party is the lead plaintiff in the class-action suit. It seeks damages for "illegal and harassing behavior in the handling and processing of their applications for nonprofit status."

Extra scrutiny dates back to 2010

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Local News
3:35 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

GE celebrates The Banks project with Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich at GE event
Credit Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

General Electric, a week after it announced it would build its Global Operation Center at The Banks, held a celebration today in their temporary headquarters with Gov. John Kasich and a host of elected officials and community leaders who had a hand in bringing the center to Cincinnati.

Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County commissioners approved packages of tax incentives to nail down the deal. Kasich’s private, non-profit development firm, JobsOhio worked for months with GE officials to convince them to bring the operations center here.

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Cincy Blues Fest
1:50 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Line-up announced for Cincy Blues Fest

Texas blues and blues rock singer Guy Forsyth

Texas blues and blues rock singer Guy Forsyth will headline the 22nd Cincy Blues Fest Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 along the Cincinnati riverfront downtown at Sawyer Point.  He 's scheduled to perform August 2 at 10:15 p.m.

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