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Dayton Fire Department
2:01 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Dayton names new Fire Chief

Dayton's new Fire Chief, Jeff Payne.
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Dayton has a new fire chief. Jeff Payne is assuming the position full-time.

He has been interim Fire Chief since July 1, 2013.

Payne is a 25-year veteran of the Dayton Fire Department. He'll oversee more than 350 firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and support staff and a budget of about $36 million.

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Local News
9:11 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Poll: Ohioans overwhelmingly support use of medical marijuana, half support same sex marriage

By an eight-to-one margin, Ohio voters support the use of medical marijuana, while support for same sex marriage has reached 50 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.

The poll by the Connecticut-based polling institute, which regularly polls voters in key states, said that 51 percent of Ohio voters said adults should be allowed to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, while 44 percent were opposed.

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Howard Wilkinson weekly chat
8:53 am
Mon February 24, 2014

BOE to move to Mt. Airy and Governor Kasich prepares to deliver State of the State Address

Michael E. Keating

This week, Howard Wilkinson talks about last week's Ohio Secretary of State decision to move the Hamilton County Board of Elections to Mount Airy and previews

Governor John Kasich's State of the State Address tonight.

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Solar
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Cincinnati's solar plan re-energized in 2014

Beekman Street Garage and the Business Development and Permit Center now have solar panels.
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Plans for more solar on city building rooftops in Cincinnati are looking up this year.

Director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability Larry Falkin says the city laid low in 2013 because the value of renewable energy credits was down and some state programs expired. "We think we're back in a situation where the economics work now and we have projects that we're working on and we hope to be able to announce them in the near future."

Falkin says the announcement could come in the next two to three months.

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flood protection
4:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Lunken flood levee was not a "quiet" decision

Lunken Airport
City of Cincinnati

A newspaper report last weekend suggested Cincinnati officials allowed the federal government to quietly decertify a flood levee protecting Lunken Airport and nearby homes and businesses without telling city council or the affected property owners.

But testimony from city officials and documents suggest the process was anything but quiet.  Council's Budget and Finance Committee heard about the Lunken flood levee during a meeting last Tuesday.  

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