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Turtle Canyon
4:15 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Turtle Canyon opens this weekend at the Newport Aquarium

Bravo, Galapagos tortoise-largest turtle in the Midwest
Rich Eiswerth

The Newport Aquarium gave a sneak peak of it's newest exhibit, Turtle Canyon, to the media today. 

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Public Safety
2:13 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Verizon users can now text 911 for emergency help

Verizon users can now text 911 for emergency help in Hamilton County.

The county Department of Communications says texted messages for help should only be used if someone is hearing or speech impaired or if you're unable to make a voice call like in the case of a home invasion.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Making solar panels better and cheaper

This is a solar cell made of polymers and graphene, an option that appears to be cheaper and more flexible.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A solar panel is typically made up of lots of silicon cells that together form a circuit. The electrons zip through the panels to create electricity in a very efficient manner. But what if scientists could create the same efficiency in a different material that was cheaper?

Fei Yu, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in materials engineering, is studying how to make polymer solar cells more efficient. Right now their performance is well below the most efficient silicon solar panels.

Why polymers:

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Local News
1:21 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Downtown lane closures coming for streetcar work

Downtown drivers can expect Seventh Street to be down to one lane between Main and Walnut streets starting Monday, due to electric utility work for the streetcar project.

Main Street is also being reduced to one lane between Sixth and Seventh streets. There will be no left turn on to Main Street from Seventh and motorists are advised to get to Main Street via Sycamore to Sixth Street.

The lane closures will last for about a month, said John Deatrick, the project executive for the Cincinnati streetcar project.

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Environment
12:52 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Oil spill cleanup to last a week or more

Sunoco Logistics/Mid-Valley contractors removing oil from pond Tuesday using skimmers.
Credit EPA

The cleanup continues at Oak Glen Nature Preserve where a pipeline leak dumped approximately 10,000 gallons of crude oil into a stream and wetland area.

Crews are vacuuming up oil and trying to figure out what caused the pipeline to burst. That investigation is ongoing with no answers so far.

Steve Renniger with the US Environmental Protection Agency says Wednesday morning's rain isn't affecting cleanup efforts.

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