Hamilton County

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Work is officially underway on the next phase of the Banks project.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel poured the first concrete pillar for expansion west of the Freedom Center.

Monzel calls the project a major economic driver for the region.

"We could yield a return on investment as high as 7-to-1," says Monzel. "To me that's a smart investment. That is a great ROI that will contribute to continue to strengthen our county  and our city."

Two more people were indicted today on charges of illegal voting, bringing the total of indicted voters in Hamilton County to eight.

One of those indicted today - Ellen Elizabeth Duncan of Avondale - was a poll worker at the Urban League offices on Reading Road. She is accused of voting by absentee ballot and in person at last fall's election.

The other, Timothy Merman of Fairfax, is accused of using a Fairfax business address as his residence when voting in 2012. Prosecutors say Merman actually lived in Kentucky at the time.

Politics reporter Howard Wilkinson chats with Maryanne Zeleznik on some of the more interesting races on the May 6 primary ballot. 

The May 6 primary in Ohio is likely to be a relatively low turnout affair, except in locales where there are significant ballot issues to be decided.

There are no significant primaries on the Republican or Democratic side for the statewide offices, from governor on down; and there are no hot-button statewide ballot issues to draw voters to the polls.

There is a statewide constitutional amendment to allow the state to issue bonds to finance or help finance capital improvement projects for local governments.

But that ballot issue couldn’t draw flies.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

"Pretty lean." That's how Engineer Ted Hubbard describes Hamilton County's road salt supplies.

"The problem isn't that we don't have material on order," says Hubbard. "The problem is the suppliers are having difficulty getting it to us in the quantities that we ordered... We're getting it in but it's coming in very slowly."

Hubbard says the county has already gone through more than 22,000 tons of salt and that doesn't include the most recent storm. As of Monday afternoon the county had just below 3000 tons on hand.

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