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Cincinnati Fire Department
11:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cincinnati Fire Department to hire 50 recruits

The Cincinnati Fire Department is receiving an $8 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will fund 50 recruits.

According to a department spokesperson, Fire Chief Richard Braun plans to hire the recruit class as soon as May. His aim is to have the class finish the required six month training period by the end of 2014.

The federal grant also pays for the newly-trained firefighters’ salaries for their first two years of service.

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Health care
5:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Cincinnati Health Department grant application causing concern

A usually routine matter of letting the Cincinnati Health Department apply for a federal grant will likely be anything but routine this time.  

The agency wants to use the money to open two more health clinics in the city.  Right now it has five.  

Mayor John Cranley and some council members are concerned about the budget impact that will have on the city.  

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Cincinnati Preschool Promise
11:01 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Preschool Promise plan could save big dollars, study finds

Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education President Eileen Cooper-Reed signs the Cincinnati Preschool Promise following a news conference at Riverview East Academy in April, 2013.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A University of Cincinnati study suggests Cincinnati could save $48 million if its Preschool Promise plan is successful.

The UC Economics Center report finds the economic benefit per three-year-old class could be as large as $69.1 million if all students enrolled in the plan. However, it says similar programs in other cities usually have about 70 percent participation - leading to the $48.4 million estimate.

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Newport Aquarium
6:51 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Newport Aquarium studying why shark ray pups died

Sweet Pea is back on exhibit at the Newport Aquarium.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Update:

The executive director of the Newport Aquarium is optimistic that Sweet Pea will give birth again and when it happens he's confident his team will have more information about caring for shark ray pups. Eric Rose says the problem was they were not able to digest their food, and consequently did not put on weight. This was despite efforts to tube feed them with a paste of shrimp, fish and vitamins.

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minority inclusion
4:44 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Plans to make sure more minorities get Cincinnati contracts

Jay Hanselman

UPDATE:

Mayor John Cranley said this morning he has enough votes on city council to spend $175,000 on a consultant to study the city's minority contracting and set up an Office for Minority Inclusion at City Hall.

Cincinnati's record for awarding city contracts to African-American and female-owned businesses is not good and has been criticized for years.

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