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1:59 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Crime lab going to Mt. Airy, with or without board of elections

The Hamilton County coroner will get a long-awaited and expanded crime lab after the Hamilton County commissioners today accepted a gift of the former Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital.

Whether or not the Hamilton County Board of Elections goes along to the Kipling Road building remains to be seen.

The commissioners had until the end of the month to decide whether or not to accept Catholic Health Partner’s offer of the 500,000 square foot building and the surrounding land.

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Newport Aquarium
1:33 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Aquarium shark ray gives birth

Sweat Pea with two of her pups.
Justin Cain Newport Aquarium

The Newport Aquarium is celebrating the arrival of six shark ray pups.

Here's the announcement:

In a historic biological achievement, Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday that Sweet Pea, the first documented shark ray to breed in a controlled environment, gave birth to seven pups on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.

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Cincinnati Zoo
11:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Gladys the Gorilla turns one

M'Linzi and Gladys
Provided

A one year old birthday party today for Gladys the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The baby Western-Lowland gorilla was brought to the Cincinnati zoo after her mother rejected her.  Keepers had dressed as a gorilla to help raise her.

The keepers created a gorilla birthday cake – Here's what happened when they gave it to Gladys:

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Politics
10:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Howard Wilkinson talking about a possible move for the Hamilton County BOE

Michael E. Keating

WVXU Political Reporter talks about all the discussion pro and con when it comes to moving the Hamilton County Board of Elections out of downtown.

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Board of Elections
4:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Will Hamilton County election board move?

Hamilton County Commissioners could vote Wednesday morning on whether to accept the offer of the former Mercy Mt. Airy hospital.

Catholic Health Partners is offering to give it to the county for use as a new crime lab but that plan's in limbo over a proposal to move the Board of Elections there as well.

The elections board is split on the idea. Those in favor say it makes financial sense. Those opposed say moving the board out of downtown will restrict access to early voting.

The county leases the board's current downtown location.

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