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Cincinnati pension
8:18 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New proposal to fix Cincinnati's pension system

A Cincinnati Council member said he had a plan to put the city's retirement system on a path of solvency.  Christopher Smitherman introduced his motion Tuesday during a council committee meeting.

One of his proposals is to end the three percent compound cost-of-living adjustments given to most retirees each year.  Smitherman would change that to a simple COLA tied to the consumer price index and not exceeding two percent per year.  Those adjustments would also be suspended for three years if his plan is approved.

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Newport Aquarium
3:09 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Turtles get prime place at Newport Aquarium

This turtle, part of the new exhibit, was rescued and will eventually be released out in the wild.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Visitors to the Newport Aquarium's Turtle Canyon, set to open March 22, won't have any trouble seeing the exhibit's star, Bravo.

Bravo is the largest turtle in the Midwest, weighing in at 600 pounds. The Galapágos tortoise was hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz. In the next few weeks Bravo will arrive by truck and the aquarium will use a crane to get him inside.

Bravo will join Thunder, the oldest resident at Newport Aquarium at more than 100 years of age. Thunder is a 118 pound alligator snapping turtle.

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Public safety
12:35 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Cincy FOP President says hire more officers

Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell had a blunt message for city council about police department staffing.

“We’re at the point right now that officers out on the street lives are in jeopardy,” Harrell said.  “I’m going to get a lot of slack for saying that, but I don’t care.  They’re out there with 187 less officers.”

Harrell testified Tuesday before Council's Law and Public Safety Committee.  

Without new officers, the department could be down 267 officers by the end of 2015.  Harrell said something has to change.

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Public Health
4:50 am
Tue February 18, 2014

2013 infant mortality numbers down but still too high

The three "S's."
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Infant mortality rates for Hamilton County and Cincinnati decreased in 2013 but still remain higher than the national average.

Cradle Cincinnati released last year's numbers following a community summit Tuesday morning.

Hamilton County saw 95 babies die before their first birthday, for a rate of 8.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.  Of those deaths, 53 were City of Cincinnati residents, giving the City a rate of 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births.

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Politics
8:56 am
Mon February 17, 2014

The pros and cons of bringing a political convention to Cincinnati

Photo by Michael E. Keating

Cincinnati Republicans are making a pitch to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cincinnati.  WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about the pros and cons and the likelihood that the Queen city will get the nod.

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