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WVXU
1:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Kentucky lawmakers consider Instant Racing to pay for pensions

Kentucky House leaders are considering legalizing Instant Racing across Kentucky to help plug the funding gap in the state's pensions.

Instant Racing is a slots-like game currently played at two Kentucky tracks, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs. The legality of the game is also currently being litigated at the Kentucky Supreme Court.

But if the General Assembly passes a bill authorizing it, the court case would be moot.

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Walnut Hills
8:48 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Deal proposed to save Melrose YMCA in Walnut Hills

Walnut Hills residents who want to keep a YMCA facility open in their neighborhood have until today to respond to a deal that will do that. 


A couple Cincinnati Council Members worked on the agreement with YMCA officials. 


Wendell Young said it keeps the Melrose Y open for two more years with additional hours and funding. 


In 2015, the community can take over the facility if it doesn't like the Y's plan for it.

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WVXU
6:22 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Bill blocking groceries from selling wine and liquor advances to Kentucky House

Rep. Dennis Keene sponsored House Bill 310

A bill that would effectively block grocery stores from selling wine and liquor—and ban wine and liquor sales in new pharmacies—was approved Thursday in a state House committee.

Under the legislation, grocery stores could still sell alcohol from an adjoined structure with a separate entrance. 

Current law does not allow people younger than 21 to enter a place which sells wine and package liquor, which has prevented sales in grocery stores in the past.

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Hamilton County Commission
4:25 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

County is moving forward and getting stronger

Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel delivers the State of the County address at a Cincinnati Rotary Club meeting.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Hamilton County is "on the move and getting stronger." That was the theme of Commission President Chris Monzel's State of the County address Thursday.

Monzel talked about the importance of keeping taxes low and how the Governor's proposed budget could benefit the ailing county stadium fund.

He says the county is also focused on infrastructure projects, especially the multi-billion dollar federally mandated sewer system upgrade. One money-saving plan involves ‘daylighting’ a stream to capture storm water rather than building a costly tunnel.

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Politics
12:07 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Thomas to leave council, wants wife to replace him

Cecil Thomas
City of Cincinnati website

Cincinnati City Council member Cecil Thomas, who can't run for re-election this year because of the city's term limits law, told WVXU this morning he plans to leave council "within a month or two" and wants his wife, Pam Thomas, appointed to replace him.

"If (Pam Thomas) wants it, I would absolutely back that,'' said Thomas, a Democrat and former Cincinnati police officer.

Pam Thomas ran for Hamilton County clerk of courts last fall, winning 48 percent of the vote against Republican incumbent Tracy Winkler. She won the city vote overwhelmingly.

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