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UPDATE, 12/29: 

Former state representative Peter Beck has been released from prison, but the Ohio Attorney General's office wants the Ohio First District Court of Appeals to reconsider the decision that ended Beck's incarceration. 

The appeals court had thrown out 10 of the 13 criminal counts Beck was convicted of in August 15 and sent the case back to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Last week, Judge Thomas Heekin ordered Beck released from prison after serving 16 months of a four-year sentence. 

Beck's lawyer, Pierre Bergeron, said he will oppose the Ohio Attorney General's request. If the appeals court turns down the prosecution's request, the Ohio Attorney General could try to get the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case. 

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Former state representative Peter Beck will be released from prison early, just in time for Christmas.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Heekin ruled Thursday morning in favor of Beck's motion to have his four-year prison sentence reduced to his time served, which is 16 months. Beck has been in a southeast Ohio prison since his sentencing in August 2015 on 13 felony counts.

Jon Hughes

Clermont County's Bob Proud is a politician, through and through. He doesn't shy away from the term.

To Proud, the term politician equates to "public servant."

And the service extends beyond what is required to be a county commissioner. In Proud's case, it extends to a very large community of military families in Clermont County who have found a friend and constant companion in good times and bad.

Cincinnati City Council has decided to keep collecting $28.9 million in property taxes to support the city's general fund budget.  

It has been at that amount for several years despite suggestions from city administrators to increase it.  

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The last Hamilton County commission meeting of 2017 produced a temporary general fund budget, a budget for the Metropolitan Sewer District, and started the ball rolling on a new crime lab for the coroner's office.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Union Terminal restoration project is missing out on another round of state historic tax credits. Ohio handed out awards Tuesday to 18 projects, including eight in Southwest Ohio, but the Cincinnati Museum Center isn't on the list.

CMHA

Residents of Cincinnati public housing may no longer smoke in their units or in common areas, as mandated by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), months ahead of the same order from the federal government.

Officials with Cincinnati Water Works are gearing up for a 15-year project to replace remaining lead service lines in the city.  

City council approved the plan in October and work will begin in May.  

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black will have to wait a little longer to see if he will get a three percent pay raise in the new year.  

Council's Budget and Finance Committee did not vote on an ordinance Monday authorizing the pay hike.  

Michael Keating / WVXU

You can now own a piece of Cincinnati history.

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and Building Value have announced the seats in the closed and soon-to-be-demolished Cincinnati Gardens are now for sale.

Provided / Hamilton Police

Hamilton homeowner Lester Parker made a brief appearance in the Butler County Courtroom of Common Pleas Court Judge Greg S. Stephens Monday to file an affidavit of indigency.

Parker is been charged with aggravated arson and murder in the December 2015 death of Hamilton Fire Fighter Patrick Wolterman.

Cincinnati's city manager said the District 5 five police building has been given "a clean bill of health" following a series of environmental tests.

 

Harry Black addressed City Council's law and public safety committee Monday morning.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Ohio's Electoral College members, who will stay in line and vote for Donald Trump. And he spoke about Ohio Gov. John Kasich - earlier this year, when he was running for president, he talked about Ohio's economic "miracle." But now he is suggesting Ohio could be headed into a recession. 

Ann Thompson / WVXU

A special lamp that mimics the sun could be the key to University of Cincinnati researchers developing a topical cream that may be able to repair skin damage from ultraviolet rays.

The solar simulator  was a gift from the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation and Melanoma Know More Foundation.

Provided / Joseph Beth Booksellers

Dr. Henry Heimlich died Saturday. He was known around the world for the maneuver that bears his name along with the many medical devices and procedures he’s developed.

WVXU's Howard Wilkinson spoke with Heimlich in 2014 following the release of his autobiography, Heimlich's Maneuvers: My Seventy Years of Lifesaving Innovation.

Here's an encore presentation of that conversation:

University of Cincinnati

Neville Pinto has been officially tapped to replace Santa Ono as the University of Cincinnati's top leader. Pinto will take over as president in February. Pinto is currently interim president at the University of Louisville.

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