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Ann Thompson / WVXU

The chief financial officer of Kenwood Towne Place and its developer, Bear Creek Capital, is being accused of bank fraud.

Tina Schmidt was indicted Thursday in federal court in Cincinnati. The indictment alleges Schmidt and others knowingly took millions in loans from Bank of America to build the now defunct retail and office complex next to Kenwood Towne Center but instead used the money for other projects.

Her attorney could not be reached for comment.

The property was sold to a new developer last month.

A release from the Obama Campaign says the President will speak at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, Monday morning you can get in starting at 10:00.  The event is free, but you will need a ticket. They'll be available starting at 9:00 AM tomorrow at these locations:  

East Walnut Hills OFA-Ohio Office

2718 Woodburn Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45206

Forest Park OFA-Ohio Office

1240 West Kemper Road

Cincinnati, OH 45240

College Hill OFA-Ohio Office

5846 Hamilton Ave

A state of the art helicopter is sitting on the University Hospital helipad. In the next two weeks the 7-million dollar chopper will go into service.

The Air Care crew is taking critical care transport to the next level.

This EC145 is safer, faster and bigger. Flight doc and Medical Director Bill Hinckley said the first time he got onboard it was an emotional experience.

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati officials and a number of groups are launching a plan to redevelop the city's Evanston neighborhood. 

They say decades of population loss have left the area in decline. 

The neighborhood has experienced 300 foreclosures since 2006 and there are more than 200 vacant or abandoned buildings. 

The strategy will focus on the Woodburn Avenue corridor between Xavier University and DeSales Corner, and includes the area near Walnut Hills High School. 

Elizabeth Blume with the Community Building Institute said one goal of the program is to target blight.

UC will pay its former president more than $1.2 million during the next two years. The university's board of trustees unanimously approved the package for Greg Williams yesterday. It includes a bonus, retirement benefits, consulting fees, a year's worth of salary for his faculty position, and buying out his contract. Williams will also be allowed to live at the presidential penthouse through next January. He resigned for personal reasons less than a week before fall classes started. He'd been with UC since 2009. 

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan criticized the administration's foreign policy while campaigning in Clermont County tonight.

Surrounded by straw and nearly 2,ooo supporters in Owensville, Rep. Paul Ryan referenced the violence in Libya and Egypt and said the Obama administration has sent mixed signals to the world.

“This administration’s policies project weakness abroad, undercutting allies like Israel, outreach to enemies like Iran, national security leaks and devastating defense cuts.” 

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioners are moving forward with a plan to shore up the struggling stadium fund for another year.

Essentially the board is taking out an insurance policy to cover the bulk of the debt and fund what's left from county reserves. It'll cost about $300,000.

Researchers from several universities, including UC, say a new study shows men are at a greater risk of depression than women following a stroke.

Assistant professor of social work Michael McCarthy theorizes there's a connection between depression and mens' beliefs about their familial roles.

Official Portrait

Senator Rob Portman says the attacks in Libya and Egypt are heartbreaking reminders that we live in a very dangerous world and need to remain vigilant.  During a conference call with reporters today, Portman said those responsible should be pursued.     

"We need to go after the perpetrators and hold them responsible.  The government of Egypt and the government of Libya need to ensure that these folks are held acountable," said Portman.  "They also need to do a better job of protecting American soil, just as we protect their embassies in the United States."

A former Cincinnati union president is now in custody in West Virginia.  The Federal Bureau of prisons lists Diana Frey as an inmate at Alderson a minimum security facility for female offenders.  Frey was sentenced in June after pleading guilty to stealing 750-thousand dollars from the Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees union.  In Court Frey said she will spend the rest of her life trying to make it up to her family and union members and repay the debt.  Her release date is listed as March 20, 2016.   

President Obama will be campaigning in Cincinnati and Columbus on Monday. A release from the Obama for America Campaign says details of the event are forthcoming. The president will travel to New York City on Tuesday.  

Hamilton County Commissioners are meeting with department heads as they work out next year's budget. With most agency leaders begging not to have their budgets slashed and Commissioners facing steep cuts, the meetings don't last long.

Board president Greg Hartmann calls the process challenging.

“We’re in the neighborhood of being $100 million dollars smaller than we were six years ago, from $300 million to $200 million,” he says.

Michael Keating

Cincinnati councilman PG Sittenfeld wants to know why young married couples tend to leave the city when they start having children.

WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with WVXU's Maryanne Zeleznik about the positives and negatives coming out of the political conventions and what to expect from candidate visits in the coming weeks.

The Hamilton County Board of Elections will take a closer look this morning at challenges to nearly 100 voter registrations. The board is increasingly seeing more challenges at a time when it's already busy trying to prepare for the election.

Sycamore Township's Joseph Janus Jr. estimates he's filed more than 100 voter registration challenges since he began doing it. Why?

Lakota is moving full STEAM ahead to prepare its students for the future.

A growing number of school districts nationwide are discovering that students not only need STEM..science, technology, engineering and math, but an added element...art. Lakota has also added medical, forming the STEAM squared acronym. At Liberty Junior School teacher Doug Noxsel instructed seventh graders in his design class to build the tallest structure they could with certain specifications.  

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up a campaign swing through Southern Ohio Sunday with a stop in suburban Cincinnati. Standing in an atrium at Milford High School, he focused on representing the two presidential candidates as "fundamentally different."

The vice president stuck to familiar themes dinging the Republican party's stance on healthcare - which Biden called "voucher-care", and especially what Mitt Romney had to say about job creation at the Republican National Convention...

Laura Vikmanis

Sep 8, 2012

Here's an interview with Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Laura Vikmanis from March 16, 2012 edition of The Front Row with Betsy Ross on Cincinnati Edition.

Mike Martini

Sep 8, 2012

An interview with  Mike Martini, author of Cincinnati Radio, from the January 1, 2012 edition of Around Cincinnati.

A federal grand jury has indicted seven people for identity theft.  U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart says six of them are citizens of Zimbabwe who lived in the Cincinnati area at one time. He says they used the stolen identities to obtain millions in fraudulent income tax returns:

"The scheme was so efficient and well planned that they often had the refunds in hand before the actual taxpayers even filed their legitimate tax returns."

20th Annual Fresh ART

Sep 7, 2012

Behringer Crawford Museum Executive Director, Laurie Risch, talks with Mark Perzel about Fresh ART, the en plein air art event now in its 20th year. Coming up September 15th, the gala includes dinner and live auction, plus there is an online art auction.

You must take the test. That's the ruling from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig challenged a requirement that he take Ohio's standard police exam. But Thursday the commission ruled his decades of police work don't exempt him. During an interview with WVXU just hours prior to the decision Craig remained resolute, he won't take it.

Bill Ingalls / NASA

A family spokeswoman confirms Neil Armstrong will be buried at sea. However she did not release details about the time and location.

A private service for the first man on the moon was held in Indian Hill last week. On September 13th the public will get a chance to remember Armstrong in Washington.  The 10a.m. service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral and will be broadcast on NASA television and streamed on the websites of the space agency and  the cathedral. Reservations  to attend the memorial are through NASA on a first-come basis.

 

Tana Weingartner

Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino is on schedule to open next Spring. General Manager Kevin Kline says you should expect to see something unique.

"I think it's unique in terms of the architecture... the openness. It's unique in terms of having a one acre outdoor space connected to your casino that you can program and activate. And unique in that... look at the community that we're in, you've got Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton and Downtown all within the doorstep."

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about activities at the Democratic National Convention. 

DNC afternoon update

Sep 5, 2012

Sherrod Brown's re-election battle and a cake from the challengers were a couple of the highlights from the Democratic National Convention today.  The big event tonight involves Bill Clinton, who's played a role in every Democratic National Cnvention since 1972.  Howard Wilkinson speaks with Mark Heyne:

Ohio's senior U.S. senator, Sherrod Brown, told the Ohio delegation at its breakfast Wednesday morning that no Democratic senator in the country is facing the kind of torrent of spending on negative advertising from conservative Super PACs that he is.

"In spite of the $16 million they are spending against me, they are wasting their money,'' Brown said to the delegates. "And that $16 million does not include the electronic billboards, the direct mail and the radio ads they are running against me."

WVXU news staff

The Ohio Supreme Court says the Rumpke landfill in Colerain Township is not a public utility and not exempt from the township's zoning authority.

The unanimous ruling from Ohio's high court overturned lower court decisions from a Hamilton County Judge and the First District Court of Appeals. 

The case started in 2006 when the Colerain Township zoning commission and the trustees denied Rumpke's request to expand its landfill facility. 

Three Cincinnati residents who live near Washington Park are filing a federal civil rights suit against the city's park board and parks director over rules for the park.  The suit by Jerry Davis, Andrew Fitzpatrick, and Agnes Brown says the rules were created in an unconstitutional fashion that discriminates against certain classes of people. 

Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition executive director Josh Spring says the Washington Park rules are different from the ones in other city parks:

It's been six months since the Village of Moscow was ravaged by a tornado. For some it has taken this long to move back in.

Councilman and resident Kent Jones now has his next door neighbors back. The March tornado destroyed their home and just this week they moved back in. What he doesn't have is trees in the lot between their homes. However a thoughtful planting effort is underway in the village.

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