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11:59 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Cincinnati to help with Madcap Puppets' new location in Westwood

CIncinnati Mayor John Cranley announcing $500,000 for Madcap Puppets' new location in Westwood.
Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati is likely to give $500,000 to the Madcap Puppets for its plan to remodel a Westwood building into a new performance space.  

Artistic Director John Lewandowski said the project at the former Bell Telephone Exchange Building on Harrison Avenue will also benefit the community.

“How the arts can lead revitalization in a neighborhood like Westwood and how the arts are a critical part of the fabric of our community that helps keep us together and give us pride in our neighborhood and pride in what we’re doing,” Lewandowski said.

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Covington Audit
11:03 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Former Covington finance director pleads guilty

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen explains how Covington's former finance director allegedly stole $793,000.
Ann Thompson WVXU

UPDATE: Former Covington Finance Director Bob Due  changed his plea to guilty in Kenton County Circuit Court Thursday after pleading not guilty in December. He will be sentenced April 17th.

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February 13th:

An audit from the Commonwealth of Kentucky shows Covington is missing even more money than first thought after allegations the city's former finance director embezzled it. Read the report here.

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Sports
6:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

University of Dayton preparing to host NCAA First Four

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University of Dayton

The University of Dayton is the de facto home to the NCAA Men's Division 1 First Four basketball competition. Crews began installing a special NCAA court over UD's own flooring this week.

The First Four is March 18 and 19.

Road construction
5:35 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Should noise walls be built along I-75?

The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to know if there's a demand for noise reducing barrier walls to be built along I-75 from Galbraith Road to the northern end of the Lockland Split.

Here's the information from ODOT:

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Metropolitan Sewer District
5:17 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

County retains Dinsmore & Shohl in sewer dispute

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are retaining Dinsmore & Shohl to review their plans to take the city of Cincinnati to court over a sewer district dispute.

The law firm is being asked to prepare the county's case and offer an outside opinion on which government entity it thinks is right. At issue is whether the county or the city gets to set policy for the Metropolitan Sewer District. The county owns the utility but it is operated by the city.

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