by German Lopez
The City of Cincinnati and Duke Energy are still fighting
over the streetcar. The city and company are both disputing who is
required to relocate utility lines and pipes in order to accommodate for
the streetcar. Cincinnati officials say Duke Energy is required to do
it under state law, but the company disagrees. The city is considering
legal action, so the feud might soon be heading to court.A recent campaign event might have been mandatory for
workers at a mine in Beallsville, Ohio. The miners were allegedly pulled
from work, refused pay and required to attend the event with
presidential candidate Mitt Romney and senatorial candidate Josh Mandel.
Romney, Mandel and the mine owner have all been criticized for the
move.Cincinnati Bell and StarTek plan on bringing back 200 outsourced jobs to Cincinnati. StarTek will also hire another 136 workers.President Barack Obama’s administration finalized new
regulations yesterday requiring the average gas mileage of new cars to
be at 54.5 mpg by 2025. The new standard is double today’s standard.
Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator, said on Twitter the new standards will
reduce national oil consumption by two million barrels a day. The United
States currently uses about 20 million barrels a day. That reduction in
consumption could help combat climate change, which is partly blamed
for Arctic Sea ice hitting record lows this summer.A federal judge ruled Ohio boards of elections must count
defective provisional ballots if the ballots were counted defective due
to errors from poll workers. The ruling protects voters from mistakes by
poll workers. Secretary of State Jon Husted is expected to appeal the
ruling because he says it disagrees with state law.Husted ended up firing the two Democrats on the Montgomery
Board of Elections that voted for extending in-person early voting to
include weekends. Democrats say not allowing weekend voting is voter
suppression, but Republicans cite racial politics and costs as
New rules for juries stop the use of Twitter and Facebook during cases.The Republican national convention is underway in Tampa,
Fla. Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will be there. For
coverage, check out Twitter’s Republican convention page, which tracks
all mentions of the convention.Romney apparently
agrees with Mandel that fact checkers
don’t matter. This is despite Romney’s claim that President Barack Obama
should stop running ads after fact checkers find them to be false or
misleading. Mandel previously said he will continue saying wrong
statements even after they’re declared false or misleading by fact
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland criticized Romney on his
plans for Medicare. The former governor said the Romney-Ryan budget plan
would “destroy Medicare as we know it.”
Republicans like to say that Obamacare will get employers
to drop health insurance, but a new survey has found zero out of 512
employers plan on dropping health insurance.The U.S. economy grew at a 1.7 percent annual rate in the second quarter. The growth isn’t great, but it slightly beat expectations.Apparently computer grading programs are judging student essays better than teachers.And some scientists want to use HIV to fight cancer.
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The Tristate’s extreme heat wave is blamed for the deaths
of about 1,000 chicks at a mail processing plant in Louisville, Ky. The
chicks were mailed from Iowa to recipients all over Kentucky in
perforated cardboard boxes. CINCINNATI -2
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Cincinnati Duke Energy customers could face increased
utility costs to help Duke relocate utility lines for the new streetcar,
if state regulators decide to permit Duke to recover expenses
associated with the mass transit project. CINCINNATI -1
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New laws will soon change where and how
you can buy things to blow up in Northern Kentucky. In March 2011, a
bill passed that allowed the establishment of permanent retail sites for
fireworks sales and also legalized the sale of mine shells, aerial
shells and other previously illegal types of fireworks.
by Danny Cross
The ever-debated, never implemented property tax increase
will continue to be nonexistent, as will a new police station, playgrounds,
some public pools, Music Hall renovations and certain street repavings and
building demolitions, according to The Enquirer.
Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan will make the deciding vote against City Manager
Milton Dohoney’s proposed tax increase, which would add $46 to the owner of a
$100,000. Also against disproportionately taxing rich people are Councilmen Chris Seelbach, P.G.
Sittenfeld, Christopher Smitherman and Charlie Winburn. Quilivan says
the government isn’t the right size and that the government should make the
tougher changes before asking for more revenue.
Here are two ways to report the latest news regarding
potential Duke Energy rate hike connected to streetcar construction:
• From The Enquirer: “Duke
customers could face streetcar tab”
• From The Business Courier: “Cincinnati, Duke making progress
on moving utility lines”
A 15-year-old girl was killed in Over-the-Rhine around 11
p.m. last night. She was reportedly standing with a group of people, though
Police haven’t released any details about the shooter.
A new poll shows support for President Obama’s shift on
More Asians are immigrating to the U.S. than Hispanics these
Adult humans are 16.5 million tons overweight, which
researchers say will threaten the world’s food security and environmental
Approximately half of all new AIDS cases are occurring in
the South, and the region is severely short on HIV specialists.
Attorneys for the Penn State football coach who showered with a
bunch of boys are starting their defense by painting him in a positive light.
Spotify will stop charging $10 per month for use on mobile
devices. Free now.
Facebook acquires Face.com. Ha.
Former baseball player Roger Clemens was acquitted of
perjury charges, the latest in a bunch of wasted time by the federal government
investigating athletes who can afford really good lawyers.
by Danny Cross
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, 2012 Election
, President Obama
, Tea Party
, County Commission
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County Commissioner Todd Portune's idea to borrow more
money and extend a half-cent sales tax in order to keep up with
stadium costs has been shot down by a Bengals lawyer who used 15
bullet points to demonstrate that Portune's plan “proposes to
breach one or both leases.”
Duke Energy is asking state regulators if it can bump customers' rates up again. Duke says the
increases are to pay for infrastructure investments. The change would
increase customer costs of electric service by $86 million and for
natural gas by $44 million. A federal appeals court on Monday reinstated an antitrust lawsuit against Duke Energy that accuses the
company of paying kick-backs to corporations opposing a 2004 rate
A rally for “religious freedom”
will take place on Fountain Square today in response to federal health care
legislation requiring women to have abortions employers to
provide insurance that covers birth control. The law includes a
religious exemption, which bishops have said isn't enough.
A group pushing to ban dog auctions in
Ohio has halted its effort to put the issue on the November ballot
due to lack of funding and time. CityBeat in February reported the
group's efforts to ban the sale of dogs through auctions or raffles,
as well as all trafficking in dogs from out-of-state auctions.New York City officials, including
Brooklyn Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke, are arguing that the city's
“Stop and Frisk” policy is racist. The policy allows police to
stop an individual and pat him or her down for contraband if they
suspect illegal activity. From USA Today:Clarke says the program, known as "Stop, Question and Frisk"
or "Stop and Frisk," amounts to racial profiling. It is
based on a 1968 Supreme Court ruling that police could stop people on
the basis of "reasonable suspicion."
Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin approved
class-action status for a lawsuit that alleges the practice subjects
people to race-based illegal searches.
President Obama's health care law helped
6.6 million young adults stay on their parents' plans during the
first year and a half.
Rick Santorum has formed a new conservative organization aiming to
recruit 1 million supporters to help get Barack Obama out of the
While House. No word on how Santorum's “Patriot Voices” group
will differ from the tea party patriots.
NASA says it has spotted the universe's first objects.
Black members of the Netherlands soccer team were subjected to
racist chants at their Euro 2012 practice facility in Krakow, Poland.
The team says fans were making monkey chants at the players.
LeBron James scored 45 points to lead the
Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics last night, forcing a deciding Game 7 for the
Eastern Conference championship. The Oklahoma Thunder await in the
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Historic Everybody’s Records and Gaslight Café in Pleasant
Ridge are facing threats of closure because Walgreens wants to purchase
the corner of Ridge and Montgomery to demolish the properties and build
a new pharmacy, only blocks from an already-existing location. CINCINNATI -2
by Danny Cross
A federal appeals court yesterday reinstated an antitrust lawsuit against Duke
Energy. The lawsuit accuses Duke of paying kickbacks to local companies in order to gain
support for a 2004 electric rate increase. The lawsuit alleges that
Duke appeased the more powerful opposing companies by including rebate
deals for them. The suit is seeking unspecified damages and seeks to
represent all Ohioans affected by the rate increase.
Todd Portune is continuing his quest to
become the East Side's county's property tax rebate savior, yesterday offering a new idea
to bail out the stadium fund: extend the half cent sales tax past
2032. The revenue created by extending the sales tax, which has no
sunset clause, would repay loans the county could use to pay for
maintenance and projects at the stadiums now. Republican Commissioner
Chris Monzel is open to “any ideas,” though Democratic
Commissioner Greg Hartmann says otherwise:
“Todd, here we go again,” snapped Commissioner Greg Hartmann.
“Walking away from these leases is just fantasyland.
“How many times are we going to do this?” he asked.
Rob Portman will test out his GOP
rallying cries at the Faith & Freedom Coalition in Washington,
D.C. next week.
Bill Clinton says a Mitt Romney
presidency would be “calamitous” for the U.S.
The Senate will vote on a gender pay
equity bill today.
China and Russia say they'll help the
UN more going forward, though they've been supporting Syria more than
anyone really wants them to.
Here's an explanation of the Transit of
Venus, for those who don't get it yet.
Nintendo has revamped its Wii to try to
lure gamers from free Internet games they play on iPads.
A new PC virus can infect computers by
imitating a Windows update.
by Hannah McCartney
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Decision makes Cincinnati first major U.S. city to offer 100 percent green electricity
spending several weeks reviewing requests for proposals (RFPs) from seven energy
providers as part of Cincinnati’s initiative to power homes using energy
aggregation, a decision has been made — and it’s a green one. Cincinnati
has selected First Energy Solutions (FES) as the city’s new electricity
provider, which will make it the first major city in the U.S. to use a 100
percent “green” electricity supply.
aggregation process works like this: All eligible individual customers “pool”
their buying power to form a larger unit, which holds more leverage to
negotiate lower prices on electricity. Cincinnati voters passed a ballot in November 2011 to approve the city's efforts to choose an energy aggregation provider. The designation of FES's energy supply as "green" energy doesn't mean that residents will see windmills and solar panels popping up across the city's landscape; rather, the energy will be designated "green" based on non-tangible renewable energy credits (RECs), which each represent proof that one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity has been sourced from a "renewable" energy resource. FES will provide the city with enough RECs to power all interested consumers' homes, meaning no home opted-in to the aggregation power will use electricity sourced from non-renewable resources such as coal. The city's possession of those RECs will represent the commitment to sourcing electricity in residents' homes from renewable, green resources. Some of the RECs provided to the city by FES will reportedly be sourced from local energy sources, including the University of Cincinnati's generating facility and the Cincinnati Zoo's Solar Canopy Project, although those sources will be a small component of the overall REC collection, according to Larry Falkin, Director for the Office of Environmental Quality. “Not
only will we be able to put real money back in people’s pockets, but
this establishes the city as a leader in supporting green energy
choices,” said Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls, who spearheaded the push to provide consumers with an energy aggregation option nearly two years ago. Over the
next several weeks, Cincinnati will work to negotiate a contact with FES, and
residents will receive information about FES’s services.
Residents who aren't interested in participating in the city's green aggregation efforts will be required to opt-out before the services are implemented. FES will notify all eligible customers and those who don't want to participate must reply to be opted out. There will be no cost to enroll in the FES program.According
to the city’s press release, FES will save the average household about $133
each year on electricity bills. The switch could become effective by June.
by Kevin Osborne
Cincinnati's streetcar project manager told City Council Monday that top level officials from the city and Duke Energy are continuing negotiations on who should pay for the relocation of underground utilities for the project. Chris Eilerman, an assistant to the city manager, called the discussions “fruitful.” City officials say some of the cost should fall to Duke as some of the pipes and wiring are old and will need to be eventually replaced regardless of the streetcar project. A CityBeat review of streetcar projects in other cities found that utility companies often paid the entire cost for relocation.About 55 percent of hospitals think they will experience a drop in revenue because of federal health-care reform, according to a new survey. Twelve percent anticipate an increase in revenue and 28 percent don’t know what to expect, according to research by Woburn, a Massachusetts-based benefits consulting firm. The Business Courier reports that Greater Cincinnati hospitals are taking steps to make the best of the reform including forming tight networks with physicians and other providers in order to pursue quality-improvement initiatives the government is promoting.Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig told City Council that some violent crime is the result of lack of parental involvement in their children's lives. At a special council session Monday evening to discuss a recent spike in shootings, Craig said each homicide costs a community millions of dollars in various expenses, so it's in everyone's best interests to try to reduce the crimes.Ohio's tax-credit program for film production has helped create work for thousands of people, and sparked millions of dollars in economic impact, according to a new study. The report, compiled by the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University, estimates that each dollar of state tax breaks results in $1.20 in economic impact. The tax credits have cost the state some $30 million so far, the study reports. The film industry has created more than 9,000 temporary jobs and more than 1,100 full-time jobs in the Buckeye State since 2009.ESPN will shoot a TV commercial promoting its popular College GameDay football show at a campus selected by fans based on online voting. Every college with a Division I football team is eligible to compete for the honor, and the University of Cincinnati is encouraging its fans to participate. Voting in the contest began Monday, and can be done here.In news elsewhere, Republican presidential primaries are being held today in New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. A total of 228 delegates are at stake, although frontrunner and presumptive nominee Willard Mitt Romney is expected to easily win the primaries. Of the five states, only Pennsylvania is considered as a swing state that could go either way in November's general election.Facebook's stunning growth might be starting to cool a little. The social media company reported its first quarter-to-quarter revenue decline in at least two years as it prepares to go public in the largest ever Internet IPO. Net income slid 12 percent to $205 million in the quarter, from $233 million a year earlier, which executives blamed on seasonal advertising trends. Facebook is preparing to raise at least $5 billion in an initial public offering that could value the world's largest social network at up to $100 billion.A nonpartisan group that advocates for open government has filed an IRS complaint against a secretive conservative group, alleging it is falsely claiming tax-exempt status while doing widespread lobbying. Common Cause filed the complaint Monday against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has pushed for voter ID and “stand your ground” laws, among many other efforts. "It tells the IRS in its tax returns that it does no lobbying, yet it exists to pass profit-driven legislation in statehouses all over the country that benefits its corporate members," said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause. The group wants an audit of ALEC's work, penalties and the payment of back taxes.The net flow of Mexicans into the United States has dwindled to a trickle and may now be in reverse, according to a survey by the Pew Hispanic Center. From 2005-10, about 1.4 million Mexicans immigrated to the U.S., exactly the same number of Mexican immigrants and their US-born children who quit America and moved back or were deported to Mexico. By contrast, in the previous five years, about 3million Mexicans came to the U.S. and fewer than 700,000 left it. Poor economic conditions and an increase in border patrols are being credited with the reversal.Israel has approved three settlements in the occupied West Bank, the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said in a statement. At a meeting late on Monday, a ministerial committee "decided to formalize the status of three communities which were established in the 1990s following the decisions of past governments," the statement said. The formal approval was criticized by Palestinians, who said it's another impediment to peace talks about contested land.