Four local hearings on Duke Energy's proposed electric security plan are planned for this week.

An ESP is a rate plan for the supply and pricing of electric generation service. The current rates run through the end of May.

The buzz from Washington about Ohio’s junior senator, Rob Portman, running for the Republican presidential nomination has flared up again.

And the Terrace Park Republican has done nothing to put out the fire.

He is reportedly considering setting up a presidential exploratory committee sometime after the November election, using as seed money his Senate campaign fund, which will probably be about $6 million by the end of the year.

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In two weeks Cincinnati will welcome 500,000 its closest friends in what is the largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich, Germany. During the weekend of September 19-21, along 5th Street in downtown Cincinnati, people will:

Ohio Department of Transporation

If you travel I-74 westbound to I-275 northbound what's known as the "Texas Turnaround" is about to become a big part of your life.

The turnaround, beginning Friday September 5th, allows drivers to make an extended U-turn to go northbound on I-275 during the  30 days the Ohio Department of Transportation has the ramps closed for work.

Here's how it works:

Spending on weddings varies widely

Sep 5, 2014
Marjorie Fox

Splendid weddings are nothing new. But a recent study  shows Americans are spending a higher share of their income on them than they did in the past. The average cost of a wedding today is said to be close to $30 thousand.

29-year old Kate Gossman, who grew up in Hyde Park, is planning her wedding next September. She’s been a bridesmaid and guest many times so she knows what she wants.

A Cincinnati charter amendment to remove obsolete and ambiguous language from the city's 88-year-old city charter will be on the November ballot.

Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously today for the changes recommended by a 24-member Charter Review Task Force. Council needed to act at today's meeting so the Hamilton County Board of Elections can certify it to the ballot at its meeting Monday.

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ArtWorks and the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation will dedicate a mural Friday afternoon that pays homage to one of Cincinnati's oldest industries--brewing beer. 

The five-story mural, on the side of the old Crown Brewing Company building at 131 East McMicken, depicts two workers crowning a pint of beer while standing atop a beer line reminiscent of the late 1800's.  It was designed and illustrated by Keith Neltner of Neltner Small Batch.

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Beginning Friday, people entering Reds games through the main ballpark gates will have to go through metal detectors.  Next season the detectors will be at all Great American Ball Park gates.

The team says this is part of Major League Baseball's initiative to standardize security procedures at all 30 Major League parks. MLB is working with the Department of Homeland Security.

The metal detectors are in addition to the standard bag checks.

Cincinnati State's professors have a new contract.  The three year deal between the Board of Trustees and the college's chapter of the American Association of University Professors will take effect immediately. 

A release says salaries will increase 1.25 percent in the first year 1.5 percent in the second year and 2 percent in the third year.  The Board of Trustees approved the agreement yesterday.  It was approved by a unanimous vote of AAUP members August 22. 

It was this month in 1943 that Syd Nathan talked two WLW radio performers into going along with his latest idea--a record company based in Cincinnati.  That first four-song session by Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis led to King Records producing nearly 30 years of music of all types while based in the Queen City.  The list includes performers such as James Brown, The Stanley Brothers, Otis Williams and the Charms and Hank Ballard.