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8:38 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Cincinnati stadium ticket tax may miss fall ballot

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A proposal to let voters decide whether to use a ticket tax to pay for operations at riverfront stadiums used by the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds may miss the fall ballot. 

Backers say the sales tax approved by voters to build the stadiums hasn't generated enough money to cover costs.

The Cincinnati Enquirer says Friday that no signatures supporting a vote on the tax have been turned into the county board of elections.

The deadline to put a charter amendment on the November ballot is Sept. 9.

Around the Miami Valley
8:21 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Officials in 2 Ohio counties track serial fires

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials in two counties in north-central Ohio say they're widening a possible arson investigation after finding evidence of at least 27 suspicious fires since February.  The fires have hit abandoned homes, barns, outbuildings, fields and ditches in Hardin and Union counties.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Friday that county officials says a meeting this week with the state fire marshal's office revealed more suspicious fires than they were originally aware of.

Around the Miami Valley
8:28 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Cincinnati Family finds Python in Backyard

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - A Cincinnati family suspected a snake was nearby when their dogs found large amounts of shed snakeskin in their backyard. But they didn't expect it to be a 14-foot, 120-pound reticulated python.

Nathaniel Allbright and his father, Alfred, tell The Cincinnati Enquirer one of their dogs found the snake Wednesday under a tarp.

Nathaniel Allbright says he fashioned a noose out of pipe and rope to transfer the snake into a trash can.

Around the Miami Valley, Arts & Culture
8:22 am
Thu August 18, 2011

McCartney Show in Cincinnati makes $151k for County

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - Paul McCartney's recent performance at the Cincinnati Reds' ballpark was music to the ears of county officials, because the event made about $151,000.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it learned through a public records request that the proceeds for Hamilton County included about $36,500 from parking and $50,000 from renting out Great American Ball Park for the Aug. 4 concert.

The county and its taxpayers own the stadium. McCartney's show was the first full-fledged concert held there since it opened in 2003.

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Statewide News
8:18 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Toledo Beats Other Ohio Metro Housing Markets

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TOLEDO, Ohio - A trade group reports Toledo showed the most improvement among the state's six biggest housing markets during July.

The National Association of Realtors says Toledo had a higher increase in home prices, a bigger drop in homes on the market and a shorter average sale time than Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton.

Toledo Board of Realtors President Ed Sitter tells The Blade the report confirms "positive signs," including agents saying some homes are drawing multiple offers.

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