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12:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

No reason to vote in May primary? Guess again

The May 6 primary in Ohio is likely to be a relatively low turnout affair, except in locales where there are significant ballot issues to be decided.

There are no significant primaries on the Republican or Democratic side for the statewide offices, from governor on down; and there are no hot-button statewide ballot issues to draw voters to the polls.

There is a statewide constitutional amendment to allow the state to issue bonds to finance or help finance capital improvement projects for local governments.

But that ballot issue couldn’t draw flies.

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Same-sex marriage
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Federal Judge says he will declare Ohio's gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Nicole Yorksmith and wife Pamela want to be listed on their children's birth certificates and are among same-sex couples suing Ohio.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Update: Federal Judge Timothy Black says he will issue a ruling by April 14 striking down a portion of Ohio's gay marriage ban passed by voters in 2004. Attorney Al Gerhardstein, representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit about birth certificates, amended his request to ask Black to declare all aspects of Ohio's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. (except the part about getting married in Ohio, because his clients were already married) In federal court Friday morning, the judge said he would do that.

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Campus shooting
12:53 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Kent State suspect identified

Credit WCPN

Police have identified the man suspected of firing a gun on the Kent State campus Wednesday night.

24-year-old first year student Quavaugntay Tyler has been arrested on felony weapons charges after he apparently shot himself in the hand during an argument with two women outside a Bowman Hall classroom.

Kent State Police Chief John Peach says Tyler was located at a nearby hospital around 11:30 pm.

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Local News
4:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Hamilton County will ask the court to resolve MSD dispute

Hamilton County will go to federal court to try to settle a dispute with the city of Cincinnati over hiring practices for a massive Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) project.

Commission president Chris Monzel said the county will file its suit next week in U.S. District Court here.

"We're going to ask the court to weigh in on the relationship between the city and the county, particuarly on procurement issues,'' Monzel said.

The county owns MSD, but the city of Cincinnati operates it.

At issue is whether the county or the city gets to set policy for MSD.

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Local News
2:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Cincy makes the first cut for 2016 GOP convention

(from left) Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and John Barrett, CEO of Western Southern and unofficial head of the local committee.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati made the first cut of cities vying for the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced this afternoon.

Eight cities from around the country made formal presentations to the RNC’s site selection committee last month;  and two of them were eliminated by the committee today – Columbus and Phoenix.

But Cincinnati, which wants to hold the convention at US Bank Arena, was one of six to survive the first cut – a list that also included Cleveland.

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