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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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Cincinnati streetcar
12:37 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

First streetcar rail installed as construction continues

First rails for the streetcar project are installed on Elm Street between 12th and 14th Streets in front of Music Hall.
Jay Hanselman

Public officials and residents who support the Cincinnati streetcar project gathered in front of Music Hall on Elm Street Tuesday as the first pieces of track were put into place.  The unloading and installation will continue many times for the next 2 years.  

Mayor Mark Mallory said it's a big deal.

"This project has come a long way, we've had a lot of obstacles, we've had some crazy opposition," Mallory said.  "But this is the project that will not stop."

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CVG
6:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Allegiant coming to CVG

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Another airline is coming to CVG.  Allegiant says it will begin nonstop jet service from the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky international airport to the Orlando/Sanford and Ft. Meyers/Punta Gorda airports starting in February. 

Allegiant's Brian Davis says it aims to keep prices low and maybe encourage other airlines to drop rates as well.

"This is rated as one of the top highest fare communities in the country," says Davis. "This is historically within the top three. We believe that there's a huge opportunity for an airline like Allegiant to come in and drive down fares."

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