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Cincinnati streetcar
3:22 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Are there different ways to pay for city streetcar?

A Cincinnati Council Committee tasked with overseeing the streetcar project wants more information on different ways to pay for it.  Those funds could be used to extend it to the Uptown area near the University of Cincinnati, or for dollars to operate the loop now being built in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.  

The Major Transportation Committee Tuesday asked for more details on special improvement districts or special assessment districts.

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Environment
1:12 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Pipeline leak spills thousands of gallons of oil into Colerain Township nature preserve

Crude oil in un-named wet weather stream that discharges into un-named pond.
EPA

Crews are preparing to clean up thousands of gallons of oil that began leaking Monday evening from a pipeline running through a Colerain Township nature preserve.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency estimates 7,000-10,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve. Sunoco subsidiary Mid-Valley Pipeline Co. estimates the spill amounts to about 240 barrels.

The EPA says the spill was reported shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. Great Parks of Hamilton County spokeswoman Jennifer Sivak says the park district was notified around 9 p.m.

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homeless services
12:47 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Construction could begin soon on new Drop Inn Center

Drop Inn Center's current location in Over-the-Rhine
Sarah Ramsey

Construction on the new Drop Inn Center could begin later this summer and the facility could be open in August 2015.  It will be moving from its current location in Over-the-Rhine to Queensgate.

A Cincinnati Council committee received an update on the project Tuesday from Executive Director Arlene Nolan.  She said several sites were considered before one was selected.

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Education
11:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Education conference coming to Cincinnati

Cheerleaders, mascots, school officials and the Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau join council member P.G. Sittenfeld on Fountain Square to announce the convention.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The national Coalition for Community Schools is holding its National Forum in Cincinnati next month.

Cincinnati Public Schools Board President Eve Bolton says the city was chosen because of the success of the district's community learning centers.

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City retirement
5:32 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Cincy Council ready to support federal mediation for pension issue

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council is ready to endorse a process that would let a federal court mediate a solution to the city's underfunded pension problem.  The Budget and Finance Committee voted unanimously Monday for an ordinance to make that happen.  

The ordinance would let the city manager negotiate a settlement agreement with various parties on a long-term solution to the pension issue.  Right now the retirement system is only 61 percent funded and that will only get worse without some action soon.  

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