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Answers in Genesis
6:44 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Developers say they have funding for Ark Encounter

Mike Zorvath with park model
Marjorie Fox

Developers say the funding is in place to build phase one of a replica of Noah's Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky off I-75. 

President and CEO of Answers in Genesis (AIG) Ken Hamm, made the announcement last night during a webcast. Hamm says his recent debate with Bill Nye the Science Guy along with the media coverage of the soon to be released film "Noah" starring Russell Crowe have helped bring the Ark Encounter project attention.   

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Public Health
2:55 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Arts and health come together to get Cincinnati moving

Dancers from Pones Inc lead other grant recipients at the Contemporary Arts Center in a dance class to kick-off Join the Fun.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times per week. But a community health study finds Cincinnatians don't get nearly enough. Interact for Health and ArtsWave are partnering to try to fix that.

They're awarding $300,000 in grants to 21 agencies to provide active living programs. Interact for Health's Jaime Love says "Join the Fun" is all about getting people moving.

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Cincinnati Fire Department
11:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cincinnati Fire Department to hire 50 recruits

The Cincinnati Fire Department is receiving an $8 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will fund 50 recruits.

According to a department spokesperson, Fire Chief Richard Braun plans to hire the recruit class as soon as May. His aim is to have the class finish the required six month training period by the end of 2014.

The federal grant also pays for the newly-trained firefighters’ salaries for their first two years of service.

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Health care
5:16 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Cincinnati Health Department grant application causing concern

A usually routine matter of letting the Cincinnati Health Department apply for a federal grant will likely be anything but routine this time.  

The agency wants to use the money to open two more health clinics in the city.  Right now it has five.  

Mayor John Cranley and some council members are concerned about the budget impact that will have on the city.  

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Cincinnati Preschool Promise
11:01 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Preschool Promise plan could save big dollars, study finds

Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education President Eileen Cooper-Reed signs the Cincinnati Preschool Promise following a news conference at Riverview East Academy in April, 2013.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A University of Cincinnati study suggests Cincinnati could save $48 million if its Preschool Promise plan is successful.

The UC Economics Center report finds the economic benefit per three-year-old class could be as large as $69.1 million if all students enrolled in the plan. However, it says similar programs in other cities usually have about 70 percent participation - leading to the $48.4 million estimate.

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