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Government shutdown
12:27 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Portman: Glad shutdown over, work still to do

Credit Official Portrait

Ohio Senator Rob Portman says he's glad the government is reopen, that the country didn't go over the debt limit, and that Wednesday night's agreement included specific language about income verification in the Affordable Care Act.

But he's not satisfied.

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Human Trafficking
6:34 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Identifying human trafficking victims in Cincinnati

Credit VT human trafficking task force

Healthcare workers, children's services employees and law enforcement personnel are trying to determine how many Cincinnati children are victims of human trafficking. The local numbers are unclear. State officials say every year between 1,000 and more than 3,000 young girls fall victim.

Identifying the signs of human trafficking can be difficult. Dr. Bob Shapiro, Director of the Child Abuse team at Cincinnati Children's Mayerson Center lists some of them.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Sebelius: We're working the kinks out of Obamacare enrollment

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Cincinnati State
Tana Weingartner

The glitches in the government’s computer system that have been causing frustration for millions of Americans trying to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are being worked out, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in Cincinnati Wednesday.

“I will be the first to tell you that the web site launch was rockier than we wanted it to be,’’ Sebelius, a Cincinnati native said at a forum on the Affordable Health Care Act – also known as Obamacare –at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Wednesday.

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Blood donation
2:06 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Local donors still needed despite a slight drop in blood demand

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A weekend newspaper headline said blood banks are changing their approach as demand slips.  It reported fewer elective surgeries and better technology are reducing the amount of blood that needs to be collected.  Some centers around the country are even laying off staff because of the shrinking demand.  

Hoxworth Blood Center Director, Dr. Ronald Sacher said that’s not necessarily the case in Greater Cincinnati.

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Hamilton County homeless
5:51 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Coalition going to court over sheriff's homeless strategy

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition is suing the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department over a policy to remove the homeless from the courthouse steps. Commission executive director Josh Spring says Sheriff Jim Neil's department will start threatening arrest this week. Spring wants to wait until after the winter shelters open in a month and a half.

The Sheriff and Major Charmaine McGuffey were guests on Cincinnati Edition today where the sheriff's homeless strategy was one of the topics. McGuffey said the department  has been patient.

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