Construction Worker Killed After I-75 Overpass Collapses

Jan 20, 2015
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A construction worker was killed when a section of an unused overpass collapsed onto the southbound lanes of I-75 Monday night. A truck driver was hurt when his semi hit the collapse, near Hopple Street. Chief Jeffery Blackwell says the collapse will affect southbound traffic.

"We anticipate at least a 48-hour closure of 75 South. We want to advise people to please stay away from the area," he said.

Blackwell also pointed out the truck driver was lucky.

"In a matter of seconds, his fate would have been different as well." 

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man arrested in an FBI sting and charged with plotting to set off bombs at the U.S. Capitol and shoot government officials is due in court.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell, who lived with his parents in suburban Cincinnati, is scheduled to appear in federal court for the first time on Friday afternoon.

Cornell was arrested Wednesday and charged with plotting to attack the Capitol with pipe bombs and guns.

The Las Vegas strip has an open alcohol policy, which is what Ohio legislators hope could become possible in some cities here.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to allow people to carry alcoholic beverages outside as they visit restaurants and bars in certain designated areas.

The proposal would allow cities with populations of more than 35,000 to create entertainment districts, where Ohio's open container law wouldn't apply. Patrons with a beer or alcoholic drink from one of the district's establishments could carry it with them outside as they visit other district businesses. The size of the municipal entertainment districts could not exceed a half mile.

Ohio gay same-sex marriage equality
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Advocates on both sides of the issue are planning to turn out to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati as oral arguments begin Wednesday afternoon in same-sex marriage cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Capacity crowds are expected at the Potter Stewart courtroom in Cincinnati where two overflow rooms for spectators have been set-up.

Groups that favor gay marriage are planning rallies outside the courthouse, and gay marriage opponents say they’re also gathering forces. 

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Leaders from Dayton, Cincinnati, and several other cities are calling on Republican Governor John Kasich to restore funds to local governments in a two-day tour called “Stop the Kasich Raid.” Municipalities have seen cuts in the last two state budgets totaling over $1.5 billion from several funding sources.

Speaking on the steps of Dayton City Hall, Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld targeted John Kasich for the rollbacks in local budgets.

October 20th marks the debut Cincy Psych Fest at Mayday in Northside.  It's a celebration of psychedelic and garage rock revival music and features bands from across the country as well as regional acts.  Co-organizer Laura Skaggs spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about how the event has come together in a short period of time and highlighted some of the bands that will be performing.

Cincy Psych Fest is Saturday, October 20th at Mayday.

Ohio's elections chief has sided with fellow members of the Republican party in breaking a tie vote over counting ballots in a disputed 2010 juvenile court election.

Secretary of State Jon Husted on Tuesday agreed that the Hamilton County Board of Elections in southwest Ohio should appeal a Feb. 8 court order requiring it to count hundreds of provisional ballots.

The Republican in the race holds a 23-vote lead over the Democrat, and the board's Democrats want the disputed votes tallied. The board's two Republicans say the ballots aren't eligible.

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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.

CINCINNATI(AP) - Cincinnati doesn't have streetcars or streetcar stations - but it does have station signs.

The city said it would unveil and post temporary signs Tuesday at station sites along the 3.1-mile initial route planned from downtown north to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a spokesman for Mayor Mark Mallory declined to say what the signs cost or why they're going up now but promised more would be revealed on Tuesday.

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati has a shot of breaking a temperature record that has stood for 110 years. Yesterday was the city's 15th straight day of temperatures climbing to at least 90 degrees. The record is 17 consecutive days. The record will fall Wednesday if the hot spell continues.