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Karen Kasler/Ohio Public Radio

  Once again, an increase in the state’s tax on oil and natural gas drillers will not be a part of the budget.

But Republican lawmakers are talking up what they say is a new step forward for the discussion – a method that’s has been used time and again in state government.

It looked like it was going to be a big deal.

Karen Kasler/Ohio Public Radio

  Two state lawmakers are banding together to present something they are suggesting is an encore to the state’s film industry tax credit, which has brought $119 million to Ohio in its first two years.

Giving a 25 percent tax credit to musicians, producers and others in Ohio is a key way to create a major number of jobs with a minor investment, says Republican Sarah LaTourette of northeast Ohio.

And her co-sponsor, Democrat Rep. Kent Smith of Euclid, says the OhioSounds tax credit is similar to ones in Louisiana and New York.

Mayfield Clinic

University of Cincinnati biomedical engineers, neurologists and Mayfield Clinic brain surgeons are in the process of creating a sound map for the abnormal brain.

Deep inside the head, groups of neurons make sounds. The doctors will use the sounds to figure out what the problem areas are and how to better treat abnormalities in the brain.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Tuesday he has a plan to pay for streetcar operations if City Council approves the "management option" presented by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) on June 5th.

Carespring

After nearly a decade of government and legal delays, Boonespring Transitional Care Center will break ground late this year near Union, barring any further appeals within the next month.

Officials say the economic impact is expected to be more than $30 million, including construction and the taxes the 200 people hired will pay.

Cincinnati's city manager said if Council fails to pass both an operating budget and capital budget by June 30th, it would "constitute a genuine emergency."

Harry Black told the Mayor and Council Tuesday, in a memo, that could force the city solicitor to go to court and get an order directing council to approve a spending plan.  

Cincinnati Council must pass both an operating budget and a capital budget by July 1st to comply with state law.  

It appears five members are ready to vote in favor of the operating plan, but right now, without changes, five members will likely vote against the capital budget.  

WMOH

Oxford fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused Miami University's Swing Hall to catch fire Monday afternoon. Fire Chief John Detherage told WMOH a roofing crew was soldering the gutters.

Spokeswoman  Claire Wagner was on the scene and reported damage to the attic and roof area on one end of the building. She says there were no students in the residence hall because they are out for the summer.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati Parks has opened another section of the Smale Riverfront Park.  New sets of porch swings have been installed to the west of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.  Parks Board President Otto Budig Junior says the swings both tie people to the rest of the park, and separate them.

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The interim President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare will now officially fill the role.  Garren Colvin has been named to the position. 

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