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Public Health
4:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

UC expands lung cancer screenings

People who worked at Fernald, GE, or other nuclear-related facilities have a new health screening option.The University of Cincinnati's Cancer Institute is partnering with the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program to expand lung cancer testing.

The groups are targeting former employees, over age 55, with a history of smoking.

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Public safety
4:20 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Canned goods donation could bring a little parking amnesty in Cincinnati

Council Members Chris Seelbach and Amy Murray beginning the "Holiday Food for Fines Ticket Amnesty" program at city hall.
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People who have one or two Cincinnati parking tickets at expired meters in the city will like get a little amnesty next week.  

A committee approved a compromise on the "Holiday Food for Fines Ticket Amnesty" program Tuesday and the full Council will vote on it Wednesday.

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Cincinnati Streetcar
2:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Streetcar gets operating agreement and new logo

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The SORTA board of trustees has signed off on an operating and maintenance agreement for the streetcar.  Cincinnati Council has already approved the agreement, which spells out the responsibilities of the transit authority and the city.

The new streetcar logo was also unveiled Tuesday.

Under terms of the agreement, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will make an annual funding request to the city to cover operating costs.  The city will collect the funds from fares, advertising revenue, parking fees, and from property tax abatement offset revenue.

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Transportation
11:54 am
Tue December 9, 2014

SORTA approves new CEO for Metro

Dwight Ferrell
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The former head of Atlanta’s streetcar project is now the chief executive officer of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority.

The SORTA Board approved Dwight Ferrell as the new CEO Tuesday morning.

Ferrell comes to the Cincinnati area from Fulton County, Georgia, where he served as county manager since October 2013.  Before that, he was the deputy general manager and chief operating officer of MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for four years.

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Flu
9:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Health agencies monitoring flu, restrictions in place

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As the flu season ramps up, Greater Cincinnati hospitals say they have two special concerns:

  • The 2014-2015 flu vaccination may not offer the level of protection anticipated.
  • There are several outbreaks of pertussis  (whooping cough).

A Greater Cincinnati Health Council news release says many hospitals in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana are implementing limited visitation policies to minimize the spread of respiratory diseases to patients.

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