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Medicaid Expansion
5:16 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Medicaid expansion approved in Ohio

Controlling Board Members From the front to the back – Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Port Clinton), Rep. Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky), Controlling Board Secretary Anne Dean, Controlling Board President Randy Cole, and Sen. Bill Coley (R-Cincinnati).
Karen Kasler

A legislative panel at the Ohio Statehouse has approved a plan to allow the state to accept $2.5 billion in federal money to be used to expand Medicaid. But the move isn’t doing much to end the fight over the controversial issue.

As expected the Ohio Controlling board voted to expand Medicaid with two Republicans voting for it.  The move allows the state’s Medicaid Director to draw down the money to expand Medicaid and allow 275 thousand low income Ohioans to get on the program. 

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Square Dance Convention
4:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Square Dancers return to Cincinnati in 2017

62nd National Convention
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The National Square Dance Convention is coming back to Cincinnati after 25 years.  The Cincinnati U-S-A Convention and Visitors Bureau is announcing Tuesday morning the city will host the event in July 2017. 

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Police and security
4:46 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

MUPD canine retires

Officer Hibbard and Ero search the Flying Pig Marathon route earlier this year. It was one of Ero's last assignments.
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Earlier this year Miami University's first police canine retired. On Monday the university held a retirement ceremony for Ero, the German Shepherd who has been with the department since 2005.

Ero continues to live with his handler, Officer Keith Hibbard, and Hibbard's new K-9 partner, Figo.

In an interview posted on Miami's website, Officer Hibbard says:

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MSD
6:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

New urban waterway to make South Fairmount flow better

This building, near Queen City Ave. and Ekardt, is one of 20 being demolished in Phase I to make room for a new urban waterway in South Fairmount.
Ann Thompson WVXU

In the next few years, Westside residents will get some relief from flooding and sewer runoff.

Demolition is underway in South Fairmount for what will become a green space to capture rainwater, hold it back and not let it get into the combined sewer right away.

The problem

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Hamilton County Commission
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Commissioners to weigh options for tourism tax revenues

Updated 2pm

When out-of-towners stay in are hotels, Hamilton County benefits from the transit occupancy tax.

The tourist tax was used to build the Cincinnati and Sharonville convention centers. A large portion is still used to cover the debt service on those projects and the rest goes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism.

Monday, the County Administration laid out options to County Commissioners for pulling back some of those revenues and using them elsewhere.

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