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11:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

St. Elizabeth and TriHealth team up

John Dubis, St. Elizabeth Healthcare CEO, and John Prout, TriHealth CEO.
TriHealth

St. Elizabeth Healthcare and TriHealth are announcing a joint venture aimed at lowering costs, improving the patient experience and the patient's health.  In a release the two groups announced they would establish Healthcare Solutions Network. The collaboration is not a merger, but it will bring together the physicians and hospitals of the two groups.   

Priorities in the first year include: 

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Cincinnati streetcar
6:16 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Cincinnati Council votes to suspend streetcar construction

Provided from City of Cincinnati

Update 12/6/13:

Mayor Cranley on his Facebook page says, at his request, the Federal Transportation Administration has decided to hold off on canceling the streetcar project until December 19 to allow city to make a final decision.

Update 12/4/13 9:00 PM:

Construction on most parts of Cincinnati's streetcar project will be coming to a halt.  But that's not to say you won't see some workers on the job in parts of Downtown or Over-the-Rhine. 

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Hamilton County Commission
3:55 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Hamilton County sewer rates increasing; new counsel requested for Judge Hunter

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners continue to take public comments on the proposed 2014 Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) budget.

MSD is asking for a $226.7 million operating budget but the county's new utility oversight director says the sewer district can get by with $210.7 million.

What both sides DO agree on, is a six percent rate increase.

MSD's Jack Rennekamp  says, "the average residential customer... will see his/her quarterly annualized bill go from from $188.15 to $199.45."

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Local News
2:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Kearney: Unpaid taxes won't force me out of the race

Eric Kearney
Ohio Senate

Despite owing nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, State Sen. Eric Kearney made it clear Wednesday morning that he has no intention of stepping down as the Democratic candidate for Ohio lieutenant governor.

“I’m in it to stay,’’ the North Avondale Democrat said in a teleconference with Ohio reporters that lasted well over an hour Wednesday. “My wife and I made the decision that we’re going to do this and we’re going to do it; and we’re here to follow it through.”

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