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Voter fraud
11:49 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Former poll worker gets 5 years for voter fraud

Melowese Richardson is led away in handcuffs.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Melowese Richardson, the former Madisonville poll worker found guilty on four counts of voter fraud, was sentenced Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. 

Calling her "nothing more than a common criminal," Judge Robert Ruehlman gave Richardson five years in prison for voting twice for herself and three times for her sister who has been in a coma since 2003.

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Jimmy Buffett tailgating
1:47 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Buffett tailgating is best in "Fin-cinnati"

Buffett tailgate partygoers visit, play games, and drink on concert day.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Parking lots across from Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center swirled with music, grass skirts and parrothead decor as partygoers anticipated Tuesday's Jimmy Buffett concert with a tailgate party.

Tim and Kelly Howard, of Oswego NY, drove 12 hours Monday to attend the party and concert.

"Cincinnati is the tailgate capital of the Jimmy Buffett world," Tim Howard said.

Wes Wright of Huntington, West Virginia, drove his black fin-topped SUV to what he calls "Fin-cinnati" referring to Buffett's song "Fins."

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Cincinnati budget
1:47 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Cincinnati's bond rating downgraded

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

Moody's Investors Service is downgrading Cincinnati's bond rating because of a new method for analyzing pension obligations.  

The city's general obligations bonds are now rated Aa2 instead of the previous Aa1.  Moody's also revised the city's outlook to negative.  

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Public utilities
1:09 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Water utility leaders discussing business model in Cincy this week

Cincinnati MSD treatment plant
Sarah Ramsey

Hundreds of water and sewer utility managers from the across the country are in Cincinnati this week.  They're here for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies 2013 summer conference.  
Some topics being discussed include innovative management, financing and a more resilient business model for public utilities.

Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District Executive Director Tony Parrott said the industry is experiencing a rebirth.

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Howard Wilkinson's Political Blog
12:37 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

"Right church, wrong pew" voters must be counted

An issue which left a Hamilton County Juvenile Court judgeship in legal limbo for months after the 2010 election has been resolved once and for all by a federal district court judge in Columbus.

U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley has made permanent a ruling he issued last year saying that provisional ballots cast by voters who show up at the right polling place but the wrong precinct table must be counted.

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