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Public safety
12:11 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Cincinnati Fire Dept still dealing with brownouts

On any given day five Cincinnati fire trucks aren't in service because there's not enough personnel to man them.  That's what's called a brownout.  

Fire Chief Richard Braun told a Council committee this week the problem is only getting worse with an increasing number of retirements.

“One retirement can cause one brownout because our minimum staffing is four,” Braun said.  “So as soon as we drop down to three, then that piece of equipment is taken out of service.”

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Local News
1:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

County considering sales tax increase

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune is recommending a quarter cent sales tax increase to stabilize the stadium fund. His plan would also preserve the full property tax rebate promised to voters in the mid-90's.

The board is dealing with a $7 million gap. The proposal would increase the sales tax from 6.5% to 6.75%. Here's how Hamilton County's sales tax rate compares with Ohio's other 87 counties.

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Economy
11:46 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Drawbridge Hotel and Convention Center will Close Sunday

The Drawbridge Hotel and Convention Center will close Sunday.  A release says the closing of the hotel will allow the new ownership time to clearly focus on future opportunities for the site and weigh the feasibility of remaining in the hospitality industry. 


The closure will not affect McHale’s Events and Catering’s events scheduled in the hotel convention space and the Pizza Pub will remain open.


 

Local News
9:36 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Broxton, Reds sign three-year deal

Relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton and the Cincinnati Reds have signed a three-year deal that will keep the right-hander in a Reds uniform through 2015, with a club option for 2016.

It is likely to mean that Broxton - who came to the Reds in the 2012 season in a trade with Kansas City - will become the team's closer, now that it appears left-hander Aroldis Chapman will be moved to the starting rotation.

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Local News
7:34 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Smitherman re-elected to NAACP presidency

Christopher Smitherman

Cincinnati city council member Christopher Smitherman was re-elected to a fourth two-year term Tuesday as president of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, fighting off a challenge from a long-time union leader, Bob Richardson.

At Richardson's request, Tuesday's election was supervised by officials of the NAACP's national office, who would not release the final results of the election, except to say that about 1,100 members voted Tuesday at the NAACP's Bond Hill office.

Smitherman's entire executive committee was re-elected as well.

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