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Transportation
4:28 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Transportation agencies considering options for Oasis Rail Line

Swiss-based Stadler brought a model of one of their train car options.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Ohio Department of Transportation is considering rail-car options for the proposed Oasis commuter line.

The high speed railway would run between Milford and downtown Cincinnati and is part of the larger Eastern Corridor project.

ODOT's Andrew Fluegemann says a train's operating characteristics are important.

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City recycling
3:34 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Cincinnati ends Recyclebank program

City of Cincinnati website

Cincinnati has dropped the Recyclebank program designed to encourage residents to recycle.  

City officials say participation rates were disappointing.  

The program is being revamped in order to realize the city's original intent:  to encourage and reward people who recycle, which in turns saves taxpayer dollars on tipping fees at the landfill.  

Current rewards can still be redeemed through Recyclebank.  

In 2012, city residents and small business recycled more than 17,000 tons, which compares to just more than 12,000 tons in 2008.

Job training
3:55 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Council updates responsible bidder ordinance

Metropolitan Sewer District treatment plant.
Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati Council is making changes to a responsible bidder ordinance it enacted nearly a year ago.  

It's designed to make sure job training is a part of major contracts awarded by the Metropolitan Sewer District.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach said the purpose hasn't changed.

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Cincinnati Zoo
3:48 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Celebrate as My-Thai the elephant turns 40

My-Thai enjoys her "cake"
Ann Thompson WVXU

My-Thai, the Cincinnati Zoo's 40-year-old Asian elephant, didn't waste any time knocking her "cake" over and breaking it up. It wasn't long before My-Thai started to devour the cake, brought in by a forklift, and made of frozen gelatin, Kool-aid and mountains of fresh produce and fruit.

Happy reunion

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Infant mortality
2:50 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

County approves effort to reduce infant death rate

Hamilton County health and government agencies are working together to fight high infant mortality rates.

The county's infant death rate exceeds the national average and has for a decade.

Commissioners Wednesday approved a county-wide collaborative that aims to reduce infant death rates.

Commissioner Todd Portune says the multi-agency approach is needed to tackle such a big issue.

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