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Cincinnati Council
4:41 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Winter Shelters are extra busy this year

Not surprisingly, more homeless people have been seeking refuge from the bitter cold temperatures at Cincinnati's winter shelter. 

About 60 beds are used at the Drop Inn Center and another 40 are located at Prince of Peace Church in Over-the-Rhine.  They are available from December through February.  

Officials told a city council committee Monday so far this winter about 600 different people have stayed at the shelter.  That's the same number served all of last winter.  The majority of them are males and range in age from 18 to 59. 

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Gay marriage
12:13 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Same-sex couples sue Ohio to be listed on birth certificates

Nicole Yorksmith and wife Pamela want to be listed on their children's birth certificates and are among same-sex couples suing Ohio.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A lawsuit filed Monday in Cincinnati seeks a federal court order requiring Ohio to put the names of both people in same-sex marriages on the birth certificates of their children.

The plaintiffs include three lesbian couples who were married in other states where same-sex marriage is legal. All live in Greater Cincinnati. One of the women in each marriage is pregnant through artificial insemination. The babies will be born in Cincinnati hospitals in the next few months.

They are represented by attorney Al Gerhardstein.

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Local News
11:07 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Cranley, fire chief roll out plan to eliminate brownouts

(l. to r.) Council member Kevin Flynn, Mayor John Cranley, Fire Chief Richard Braun, council member Christopher Smitherman
Howard Wilkinson

Cincinnati has nearly seen the end of brownouts in fire stations, with the addition of 41 new fire recruits who graduated last week and a department overtime budget of $2.5 million, Mayor John Cranley said in a city hall press conference Monday.

The new recruits will reduce the number of brownouts of fire equipment from five per day to anywhere from two to zero per day.

But Cranley and Fire Chief Richard Braun said in a city hall press conference Monday that is not good enough.

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Cincinnati Museum Center
10:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Uncrating a royal wedding dress

Nick Grossmark (front) and Graeme Murton (back) are the official dress handlers for the exhibit.
Lee Hay WVXU News

Handlers, working on the exhibit Diana, A Celebration, uncrated Princess Diana's wedding dress Monday morning at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Some facts about the dress:

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Politics
8:53 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ohio's 9th District Senate seat and 54th District House seat races could be interesting

Michael E. Keating

A couple of seats in the Ohio legislature could make for interesting races.  WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about one seat held by Democrats for decades where a formidable Republican could be running and another where the incumbent is facing charges and could be on trial during the election.

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