The gamble that internet cafe backers have taken to try to stop a law effectively banning those establishments may not pay off. The supporters of those cafes, also called sweepstakes parlors, launched a petition drive to stop the law and put it before voters. But early estimates show that they may not have the 231,000 signatures they need to get the law onto next year’s ballot. Secretary of State Jon Husted said his office will know next week.
For the 26th straight month Cincinnati homes sales have continued to climb. In August they were up 24% when compared to the same month last year. President of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors Kevin Kelly says, "Our local housing market is very active and properties that are in good condition and are prices right seem to be selling quickly."
Cincinnati Children's Hospital is taking preliminary steps to protect you from the bird flu.
The hospital is one of nine centers nationwide enrolling people to test an avian influenza vaccine. Even though the virus hasn't been detected in the U.S. and isn't easily spread between people, the lead Cincinnati Children's researcher says he's concerned it might start to spread rapidly and doctors need to be prepared with a vaccine to protect people.
Cincinnati's new police chief will be sworn in September 30th. Tuesday afternoon Jeffrey Blackwell met the media with a promise to make the department better. He said, "Certainly I want to bring as much of the innovative work that I've done that I think will fit in the community here without disrupting things too much. As the city manager said, they're on a good course here. I don't want to change it too much. I just want to make it better."
As expected, Cincinnati mayoral candidates John Cranley and Roxanne Qualls found plenty to disagree about in their first debate Tuesday before a group of Cincinnati business leaders.
But they also hit upon a few areas of agreement.
Not surprisingly, they both told a Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber-sponsored luncheon at the Cincinnati Museum Center that they oppose raising the city’ 2.1 percent income tax as a way to deal with the city’s chronic budget shortfalls.