Cincinnati Streetcar
2:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Streetcar gets operating agreement and new logo

Provided SORTA

The SORTA board of trustees has signed off on an operating and maintenance agreement for the streetcar.  Cincinnati Council has already approved the agreement, which spells out the responsibilities of the transit authority and the city.

The new streetcar logo was also unveiled Tuesday.

Under terms of the agreement, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will make an annual funding request to the city to cover operating costs.  The city will collect the funds from fares, advertising revenue, parking fees, and from property tax abatement offset revenue.

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11:54 am
Tue December 9, 2014

SORTA approves new CEO for Metro

Dwight Ferrell
Credit provided / Metro

The former head of Atlanta’s streetcar project is now the chief executive officer of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority.

The SORTA Board approved Dwight Ferrell as the new CEO Tuesday morning.

Ferrell comes to the Cincinnati area from Fulton County, Georgia, where he served as county manager since October 2013.  Before that, he was the deputy general manager and chief operating officer of MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for four years.

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9:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Health agencies monitoring flu, restrictions in place

Steven Depolo Flickr

As the flu season ramps up, Greater Cincinnati hospitals say they have two special concerns:

  • The 2014-2015 flu vaccination may not offer the level of protection anticipated.
  • There are several outbreaks of pertussis  (whooping cough).

A Greater Cincinnati Health Council news release says many hospitals in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana are implementing limited visitation policies to minimize the spread of respiratory diseases to patients.

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Tracie Hunter
9:33 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Judge Tracie Hunter to be jailed during her appeal

Judge Tracie Hunter, surrounded by her body guards, at Friday's sentencing. Judge Nadel says she must begin serving the 6 months in jail December 29.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel has decided Judge Tracie Hunter will not be able to remain free during the appeal of her conviction of having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

Tuesday morning, Nadel ruled that Hunter must start serving her six month jail sentence December 29.

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Public safety
5:09 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Canned goods for Cincy parking fines rejected; but idea may not be dead

Credit Sarah Ramsey

A Cincinnati Council Committee Monday rejected a plan to let people donate ten cans of food to the Freestore Foodbank to erase parking meter fines.  But the “Food for Fines” idea may not be dead yet.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach may use Council rules to force a vote on the issue Wednesday call special sessions later in the week to get it approved.  

He said the plan would not cost the city a lot of money.

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