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William Mallory, Sr.
11:56 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Former Cincinnati and Ohio political leader William L. Mallory Sr. has died

A campaign sign from William Mallory Sr.'s first race for state office.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

One of Cincinnati's most storied political figures has died. According to family, William L. Mallory Sr. died peacefully Tuesday morning following an illness. He was 82.

Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory says his father could find inspiration in almost anything.

"He would be inspired by a thought, by a vision, by a natural landscape, and this would cause him to take on something new," says Mallory. "Sometimes it was poetry, sometimes it was legislation, sometimes it was activism... he was a deeply spiritual man."

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Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
4:29 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Cincinnati Chamber names new CEO

Brian Carley
Credit Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is naming Brian Carley as its new President and CEO.

He takes over for Ellen van der Horst on May 1, 2014.

Carley is currently a partner with Deloitte and leads its audit practice in Northeast Ohio. The chamber says Carley has "a 37-year accounting, audit and consulting career."

In a release, Carley says he's happy to be coming back to Cincinnati. “Having the chance to return to Greater Cincinnati and help guide the region through the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead was too good to pass up.” 

From the release:

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Eastern Corridor Program
11:48 am
Mon December 9, 2013

ODOT schedules public meetings on Oasis Rail

The Ohio Department of Transportation is holding three meetings this week to provide updates on the development of Greater Cincinnati's first commuter rail line.  ODOT will also be gathering input from the public about the the Oasis Rail Transit project. 

Here's the schedule of meetings:

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Cincinnati Streetcar
11:15 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Streetcar supporters aim for ballot issue

Spokesman Ryan Messer says the group will try to get an amendment on the ballot to let voters decide the streetcar issue.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Streetcar supporters are launching a campaign to put a charter amendment on the February ballot forcing the city to finish the streetcar. The group We Believe in Cincinnati says it needs 5,700 signatures but is aiming for 12,000 by Saturday.

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Public safety
10:40 am
Mon December 9, 2013

No surprise, staffing problems for Cincy police and fire

Michael Keating Cincinnati Police

The Cincinnati Police and Fire Departments are continuing to deal with problems because of the decreasing number of personnel.  

The police and fire chiefs both addressed Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.

Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said a smaller staff means it takes officers longer to respond to 911 calls for service, even those that are a priority.  And it could cause a change to the way the department polices the city.

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