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Winter Weather
4:08 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Snow in large supply; salt, not so much

A Hamilton County plow driver loads his truck with salt before heading out to clear roads in mid-February.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

"Pretty lean." That's how Engineer Ted Hubbard describes Hamilton County's road salt supplies.

"The problem isn't that we don't have material on order," says Hubbard. "The problem is the suppliers are having difficulty getting it to us in the quantities that we ordered... We're getting it in but it's coming in very slowly."

Hubbard says the county has already gone through more than 22,000 tons of salt and that doesn't include the most recent storm. As of Monday afternoon the county had just below 3000 tons on hand.

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University of Cincinnati
11:04 am
Mon March 3, 2014

UC launching safety ambassadors

Credit University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is stepping up efforts to improve safety around its main campus.

Block By Block Safety Ambassadors will fan out in neighborhoods surrounding University Heights. The idea is to improve safety and security in high foot-traffic areas. Crime around the UC campus has been making students and neighbors increasingly uneasy during the past year.

In a release the university says:

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Convention
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Cincinnati outlines bid for 2016 Republican convention

The 2012 Republican Convention was held in Tampa Bay, FL.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Update: The meeting to pitch Cincinnati for the 2016 GOP National Convention has been postponed, see tweet:

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Cincinnati Casino
4:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

One year later, is gambling addiction on the rise in Ohio?

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

It's been a year since Horseshoe Cincinnati opened its doors on March 4, 2013. This week, WVXU is revisiting the series we did when it opened to see how things have changed. Our first question? Are concerns about problem gambling coming true?

(Read the original story here)

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Local News
11:00 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Will GOP voting changes fire up Democratic base in Ohio?

In politics, if you have the numbers, you get to make the rules.

In Ohio, the Republicans have the numbers – they control both the Ohio House and Senate, they have one of their own in the governor’s office, John Kasich, and a Republican as the state’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State John Husted.

What Kasich, Husted and the legislature have done in recent weeks is to wield that power to make some rather big changes in the early voting system Ohio has used since 2006.

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