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Education
5:12 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Gateway details plans for new campus

Gateway's current downtown facility

Gateway Community and Technical College has unveiled its master plan for its Urban Campus in downtown Covington.  Along with new construction, it calls for adapting nine existing properties that will form the nucleus of the new campus.  It'll cover a six-block area from 4th to 7th Streets and from Greenup to Madison.

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L'Oreal
4:04 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

L’Oréal to double size of Florence manufacturing plant

Kentucky's Governor was in Florence Thursday morning for what Northern Kentucky Tri-ED called a major economic announcement.  Gov. Steve Beshear announced an expansion of the  L'Oreal manufacturing plant .

This summer it was reported that L'Oreal would invest 42 million dollars at the New Buffington Road facility, nearly doubling the size of the plant and creating 200 jobs. The expansion hinged on tax incentives from Kentucky.

L'Oreal makes hair care products at that location. It is one of six manufacturing facilities in the U.S.

Cincinnati budget
3:49 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Cincinnati budget coming Nov. 26th

Cincinnati City Hall
Jay Hanselman

A memo from Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance Committee chairwoman says the city manager will send his 2013 budget proposal to the Mayor on November 26th.  

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls announced public hearings will be held on December 6th and 10th.  Both will begin at 6 o'clock in the evening with the locations to be announced.  

The manager's spending plan will outline his ideas for closing a general fund deficit that has been reported to be between $34 and $40 million.  

Commissioner Portune offers budget plan
3:11 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hamilton County could issue securities to raise revenues

Hamilton County Commissioners are hammering out the 2013 budget. Lone democrat Todd Portune released his proposal today/yesterday. Key to his 5-year plan is generating extra funds through a state provision allowing counties with land banks to issue securities based on expected tax revenues.

"While the use of this vehicle is limited to counties that are land bank counties, nowhere in the legislation, and nowhere have I found, are the use of the proceeds limited to just land bank activities," he says.

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Public safety
12:41 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Cincinnati Council debating off duty police fee

Cincinnati police car in downtown Cincinnati
Michael Keating Cincinnati Police

Cincinnati Council is again debating the police department's program where off-duty officers provide security for business and organizations in the city. The issue is who should pay for the administration costs of the program.

Council's Budget and Finance Committee heard this week the off-duty detail program costs the city about $676,000 a year.

City Budget Director Lea Eriksen said that translates to about $3.28 per hour.

Eriksen also said officials weighed the benefits off-duty officers have for public safety in the city.

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