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Metropolitan Sewer District
11:52 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Compromise is key word in MSD debate

Build 513 supporters rally outside the County Administration Building.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Several dozen people rallied outside the Hamilton County Administration building Thursday calling on County Commissioners to open bidding on several Metropolitan Sewer District projects.

Build 513 supports the City of Cincinnati's Responsible Bidder Ordinance, which among other things requires contractors have a 5-year record of graduating apprentices.

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Education
11:51 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Partnership aims to improve communities and schools

Rothenberg Academy Principal Alesia Smith talks about her vision for ACES.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Cincinnati Public Schools and the City of Cincinnati are joining forces. A new initiative called ACES -  Alliance for Community and Educational Success - aims to find ways the two can collaborate to improve schools and communities.

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Cincinnati Zoo
11:43 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Zoo introduces newest addition, holding naming contest

Mother "Kimia" and her new baby.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

An 8-week-old bonobo (pronounced bah-NO-bow) made her official debut to the public today at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The baby girl was born November 17 to mother "Kimia" and father "Vergil."  This is the zoo's eighth bonobo birth. 

Infant bonobos are born almost helpless and have to be carried everywhere by their mothers for the first two years.

The Cincinnati Zoo is only one of eight zoos in the country to exhibit bonobos.  There are few of them left in the wild.

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Local News
5:27 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Plenty of May primary choices for SW Ohio voters

There will be no shortage of contested races in the four southwest Ohio counties in the May primary.

The deadline for candidates to file for the May primary was 4 p.m. today.

The following is a list of the contested races. It is not the final, official list because petitions still have to be checked by county boards of elections for some of the candidates who filed. Here’s who filed:

Hamilton County:

9th Ohio Senate District: Incumbent Democrat Eric Kearney is term-limited out; and his open seat has drawn a crowd in the Democratic primary.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
3:32 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Debate over MSD policies rages on

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel is clarifying what he says are some misconceptions about the current Metropolitan Sewer District standoff with the City of Cincinnati. Specifically, procurement policies set forth by the city which the county says are unfair and in some cases illegal.

"First, at this point, only three projects are potentially being impacted due to this issue," he says. "Several others are awaiting technical evaluation and others are scheduled to be brought forward over the next several months. Many of the projects do not have time sensitive schedules."

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