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Transportation
12:17 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Minor damage to I-75 pavement not surprising

View from the northwest of the off-ramp overpass collapse.
Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The off-ramp overpass that fell onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night did not cause a lot of damage to the highway. 

That doesn't surprise Andrew Hermann, past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, who has been following the story.  But he says the fact that the span did fall was surprising.

“Generally, they have demolition plans where they try to take into account all the possibilities as they’re taking down a bridge, to do it safely," Hermann said.  "So it was very surprising to hear that it collapsed."

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Politics
11:19 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Kentucky political legend Wendell Ford dies at age 90

Sen. Wendell Ford of Kentucky
Credit U.S. Congress

An icon of Kentucky politics, former governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, has died at the age of 90 at his Owensboro home.

Ford, whose political career in Kentucky spanned four decades, was diagnosed last year with a malignancy on one of his lungs and had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

The Owensboro Democrat represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the U.S. Senate for a quarter of a century, from 1974 until 1999.

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Local News
11:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

National traffic safety group says Ohio needs to do more on highway safety

A national group that pushes for more traffic safety laws says Ohio is among 31 states getting a “caution” or “yellow” rating in its latest annual report.

But Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says Ohio has only passed seven of 15 laws it considers necessary. President Jackie Gillan said Ohio needs a primary seat belt law and a law requiring helmets for all motorcycle riders, among others.

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Ohio politics
6:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Sittenfeld says he's running for U.S. Senate

Credit Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati council member P.G. Sittenfeld has launched his campaign for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat next year. 

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

How Cintrifuse is jump starting technology start-ups

Renovation is underway to house Cintrifuse, The Brandery, and CincyTech in one location.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A Cincinnati business-led initiative is quietly giving life to an increasing number of technology start-up companies, improving their chances of becoming financially successful.

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