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10:32 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Mayor Cranley: no politics in health board appointment

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said his decision to replace the chairwoman of the Cincinnati Board of Health has nothing to do with politics.  

Cranley said Tuesday in a phone interview he was appointing Herschel Chalk to replace Joyce Kinley, whose term expired on March 1st.  

“Herschel Chalk, who I’m appointing, has been a long-time advocate against prostate cancer, who's somebody I’ve gotten to know,” Cranley said.  “I was impressed by him because of his advocacy on behalf of fighting cancer.  I committed to appoint him a long time ago.”

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Local News
6:51 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Allegiant adding flights from CVG

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Allegiant Air says it will be flying non stop from Cincinnati to Tampa Bay and Myrtle Beach starting May 30th. Fares will start as low as $59 one way. 

In a release, Andrew Levy, president and C-O-O Andrew Levy  said the airline has been operating for less than a month in Cincinnati and the community has already embraced its ultra-low-cost travel offerings.

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Cincinnati Casino
4:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Casino's impact on local employment, economy and tourism

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Sarah Ramsey WVXU News

Supporters touted the potential economic benefits of casinos when the issue was placed on the ballot in 2009.  So how is Cincinnati's casino is doing so far when it comes to economic impact?

From a jobs standpoint,  the 1,700 workers at Horseshoe Cincinnati made it the largest of Ohio's four voter-approved casinos based on figures from last year.  Add to that the dollars invested in the project and you have a sizeable impact on the economy so far. 

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City health
8:49 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

New leader for city health board as Council votes on federal grant application

The chairwoman of Cincinnati's Board of Health is not being re-appointed to the board.  Joyce Kinley told Council's Budget and Finance Committee Monday Mayor John Cranley told her of his decision on February 24th.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach and Kinley had this exchange during the meeting.

  • Seelbach:  Did the Mayor give you any explanation?
  • Kinley:  He told me that he had to fulfill a campaign promise, and that's why he had to remove me.

Seelbach said he is concerned about putting politics above what is best for the city.  

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Winter Weather
4:08 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Snow in large supply; salt, not so much

A Hamilton County plow driver loads his truck with salt before heading out to clear roads in mid-February.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

"Pretty lean." That's how Engineer Ted Hubbard describes Hamilton County's road salt supplies.

"The problem isn't that we don't have material on order," says Hubbard. "The problem is the suppliers are having difficulty getting it to us in the quantities that we ordered... We're getting it in but it's coming in very slowly."

Hubbard says the county has already gone through more than 22,000 tons of salt and that doesn't include the most recent storm. As of Monday afternoon the county had just below 3000 tons on hand.

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