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Community development
3:23 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Cincinnati could make offer for Wasson Way by end of year

The Wasson Way railroad line
City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati is continuing negotiations with Norfolk Southern to acquire a currently unused section of railroad track running from Victory Parkway to Redbank Road.  

The city wants to develop the nearly five-mile section of Wasson Way into a bike and hike trail.  

City Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore updated a Council committee Tuesday on talks with the railroad.

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Affordable Care Act
12:48 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Agencies offering healthcare enrollment assistance

Like the rest of the country, Ohio and Kentucky are rolling out their health exchange programs as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Ohio is going with the federal program while Kentucky is running its own marketplace.

Natalie Gordon of Elsmere is excited about the new program. She has ventricular septal defect (VSD), a heart condition that requires regular cardiologist visits. Despite having a job, Gordon says she's either been unable to afford health insurance in the past or has been turned down because of her condition.

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Transportation
3:51 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Oh & Ky transportation leaders discuss Brent Spence options

Credit Michael Keating

Leaders in Ohio and Kentucky say the Brent Spence Bridge Project remains on target for a 2015 ground breaking but there's still no solid funding plan in place.

Mike Hancock of Kentucky says the states need to get creative when it comes to funding the project.

"There are opportunities to work with the community to see if there's anything we can do to make the toll rates more palatable."

Ohio Transportation secretary Jerry Wray agrees that tolling is part of the answer but not the entire solution.

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Cincinnati politics
2:24 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Qualls would select Young for vice mayor

Cincinnati Council Members Roxanne Qualls and Wendell Young. Qualls said she'll select Young to be her vice mayor if she's elected mayor in November.
Jay Hanselman

Roxanne Qualls says if she's elected Cincinnati mayor in the November election, she'll select Council Member Wendell Young to be her Vice Mayor.

Qualls made the announcement Monday during a press conference on the sidewalk outside the Hamilton County Board of Elections

“He is someone who has shown, since he’s been on City Council, tremendous judgment, maturity, and leadership as well as a clear ability to work with the other members of Council to forge coalitions and also to be very collaborative,” Qualls said.

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Public safety
2:07 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Cincinnati officially has a new top cop

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. administering the oath of office to Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.
Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati's new police chief is now officially on the job.  

City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. administered the oath of office Monday to Jeffrey Blackwell during a ceremony at the Duke Energy Center

“I can assure you all that I will not disappoint nor will I lack the effort or enthusiasm to guide this department to unchartered heights and unparalleled professionalism,” Blackwell said.

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