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Cincinnati government
2:44 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Cincinnati voters will likely vote on Charter cleanup this fall

Cincinnati voters will likely be asked to approve a Charter amendment this November to clean-up outdated and obsolete language in the document that guides the city's government.  

A council committee approved the changes Wednesday and the full Council will vote on the issue next week.  A task force started reviewing the document earlier this year and made the recommendations.

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Technology
6:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Cleaner air boosts fertility rates at UC West Chester

The new filtration system is on the roof of the Center for Reproductive Health.
Dr. DiPaola UC Health

Doctors say it is something in the air that's helping infertile couples conceive at West Chester Hospital. Ever since the installation of a high-tech air filtration system the UC Health Center for Reproductive Health has seen a 20% increase in fertility for in vitro fertilization.

Medical Director  Krystene DiPaola, MD, says the national average is 40%. In West Chester it's 60%.

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Fire Safety
4:05 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Making rental housing safer in the event of a fire

A chain ladder that can be used as a second way out of a rental property in the event of a fire blocking another escape route.
Credit Jay Hanselman

Ohio landlords often take older homes near college campuses and turn them into student housing.  That sometimes involves converting an attic area into a small bedroom.  

But usually the only way in and out is a set of stairs, and that could cause a problem if there is a fire in the building.  

Some Ohio lawmakers are working to change the state's building and fire codes to address the issue.  The proposed legislation would require a second way out.  

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Mason Biohealth corridor
3:07 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

AtriCure breaks ground for new HQ in Mason

Artist's rendering of new AtriCure headquarters.
AtriCure

Work on the next major piece in the development of Mason's biohealth corridor along I-71 got underway Tuesday.  AtriCure leaders and employees along with city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the company's new global headquarters.  CEO Mike Carrel says the new headquarters is significant on several fronts:

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Business
1:13 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Renaissance Hotel renovation features building's historic details

Original gilded vault doors remain in the Renaissance Hotel lobby.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Cincinnati's Bartlett Building at Fourth and Walnut has a new look. Marriott's Renaissance Hotel is now open in the former bank space.

The building was designed and built in 1901 by famed architect Daniel Burnham but it has sat empty since 2010.

Mayor John Cranley praised the renovation, saying, "preservation works."

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