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6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Free composting to end for the season

Colder weather means you don't have to mow your lawn for a few months. And the approach of winter means there will soon be fewer leaves falling from the trees. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District is preparing to close its yard waste collection sites. Except for two dates after Christmas, the three sites will close for the season after November 23.

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Cincinnati streetcar
4:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Cincy Council approves streetcar operating agreement and funding

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Cincinnati Council has approved a three part plan to pay for operating costs of the Cincinnati streetcar.  

It includes a mix of fares and advertising income, parking meter revenues from downtown and Over-the-Rhine, and changes to the city's abatement policies asking developers to contribute money to a fund to help with operating costs.  

Mayor John Cranley called the plan creative even though he said he still believes the streetcar project is a mistake.

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Hamilton County Commission
3:12 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Hamilton County Commissioners debate 2015 budget

Hamilton County Commissioners (L-R) Todd Portune, Chris Monzel, and Greg Hartmann.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

  *Correction* The money for carrying costs on the Mt. Airy property will come from the county's Capital Budget NOT the General Fund budget.

When Hamilton County Commissioners pass a 2015 budget next week, it will likely look a lot like the one put forward Wednesday by the Republican majority. The consensus plan between Greg Hartmann and Chris Monzel sets spending at $202 million, slightly above this year.

Monzel says the plan is balanced.

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Law & Public Safety
2:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Cleveland man's conviction overturned after nearly 40 years in prison

The Ohio Innocence Project says a Cleveland man has been exonerated after 39 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

Following a 2-day hearing in a Cuyahoga County courtroom, the star witness in the case against Ricky Jackson admitted to lying during the original trial.  Jackson was convicted in 1975 along with two other men based on the eyewitness testimony of then 12-year-old Eddie Vernon.  On Tuesday, Vernon recanted his story, saying he testified to seeing the murder in order to please others. 

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Gay rights
12:29 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Five local companies get high marks from HRC

Human Rights Campaign
Credit Provided / HRC

A week after releasing its ranking of cities, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has graded American corporations on how friendly they are to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees.  The HRC looked at 26 employers in Ohio and gave a perfect score to half of them, including three in Cincinnati.

Search corporations' rankings at the HRC website.

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