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Transportation
2:50 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Metro CEO resigns

Terry Garcia Crews
Credit Cincinnati Metro / Provided

The board that operates Cincinnati's Metro system is looking for a new leader.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority says CEO and General Manager Terry Garcia Crews is resigning effective immediately.

In a release, the board says Crews is returning to a career in transit industry consulting. Crews was hired in November 2010.

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Tracie Hunter
12:57 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Judge Tracie Hunter charges stick, trial on for September

Suspended Judge Tracie Hunter follows her attorney Clyde Bennett II into court.
Ann Thompson WVXU

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.

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Cincinnati Parks
12:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Donation will create rose garden and tree grove at Smale Riverfront Park

Several generations of the Gardner family gather to announce the rose garden and tree grove to honor Jim and Joan Gardner.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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."

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REAL ID Act
12:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Kentucky working to comply with ID law

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:

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Politics
8:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

With the 2016 GOP national convention coming to Cleveland, could they end up nominating an Ohioan for president or vice president? Both Sen. Rob Portman and Gov. John Kasich are being talked about as possible contenders. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked about it this morning with Jay Hanselman.

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