2012 was supposed to be a slow year at the Statehouse, with half of the seats in the Ohio Senate on the ballot, and with the two-year budget firmly in place. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with the departing Senate president and the minority leader to talk about the year that was – and what’s ahead.
Four southwest Ohio, eastern Indiana and northern Kentucky U.S. House members voted "no" late Tuesday night on the bill to avert the nation falling over the "fiscal cliff."
Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood; Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Miami Township; Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Lewis County; and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Columbus, Ind. bucked the party leadership on the bill that would raise the income tax rate for individuals making over $450,000 a year and extended unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed by one year.
No injuries after a nitrogen leak at Queen City Steel Treating Co. on Spring Grove Avenue. The Cincinnati Fire Department reports a Medic Unit discovered the leak after returning from taking a patient to the hospital. The leak created a vapor cloud that covered Spring Grove Avenue in Camp Washington and nearby residents were evacuated or sheltered on upper floors.
The Cincinnati Police worked with the Fire Department to isolate the area and allow the nitrogen to evaporate. Spring Grove and nearby streets were closed until 6:00 A.M.
There are people who bear watching in 2013, because of their influence and the impact they will have on the region – whether in politics, government, education, entertainment or the arts. Here are some of them:
WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about what the fiscal cliff talks could mean to House Speaker John Boehner and about some of the many races coming up in elections in 2014.