A recent report suggests Cincinnati set-up a $15 million fund to attract grocery stores to city neighborhoods that are currently described as food deserts. These are geographic areas with low access to affordable, healthy food.
A study finds there are 24 supermarkets in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, putting the region below the national average by about 10 stores.
Cincinnati officials estimate they'll be able to save eligible residents about $163 a year for natural gas with a new aggregation program.
The city announced Friday it's negotiating a contract with Duke Energy Retail Services to provide service to about 64,000 eligible residents and small businesses.
Customers will be getting a packet of information in the mail soon about the plan. Eligible residents are automatically enrolled in the program unless they notify the city they don't want to participate.
President Obama will be campaigning in Cincinnati and Columbus on Monday. A release from the Obama for America Campaign says details of the event are forthcoming. The president will travel to New York City on Tuesday.