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Parking meters bring in $1 million for Bloomington, Ind.
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:43

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington has brought in more than $1 million in revenue from the first six months of parking meters installed downtown.

The meters were approved a year ago despite protests from business owners who feared their long hours would deter customers and hurt revenue.

Mayor Mark Kruzan says city officials are pleased with the implementation of the meters so far but cautions that it's too early to judge how well the meters are working.

The Herald-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1iSeewE ) the most successful month for parking meter revenue was October, which brought in nearly $200,000.

Kruzan says the city will use the meter revenue in part to hire two seasonal workers to help keep downtown clean and for sidewalk and paving work.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com


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County official cleared in Ohio voting probe
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:37

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials say a voting investigation into a former Ohio treasurer has found no wrongdoing.

A special prosecutor looking into the case says he decided there was no reason to bring charges against Joe Deters, who's now the prosecutor in Hamilton County.

The investigation started after Deters' estranged wife alleged that he was voting in suburban Cincinnati after he moved out of their home.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation concluded last month that Deters didn't violate any laws before handing the case over to the special prosecutor.

Deters served as Ohio's treasurer just over a decade ago.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com


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Cleveland fire stuck after street collapses
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Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:29

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland fire truck was stuck in a city street for three hours after the pavement partially collapsed.

The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1luB4NA) newspaper says the truck's crew was giving out smoke alarms Saturday when the truck hit a hole in the street, and the pavement partially collapsed.

A tow truck finally helped free the fire truck after about three hours.

A fire department spokesman says the truck's crew left in a backup truck while crews worker to free the other one.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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Report blames turnpike crash on speed, bad driving
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:31

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Unsafe speed and poor driving were among the causes of a series of pileups during a snowstorm that left three people dead on the Ohio Turnpike earlier this month, investigators said.

A final tally from the dozens of crashes on March 12 shows that 126 vehicles were damaged and 49 people were hurt along the toll road that crosses northern Ohio, the State Highway Patrol said.

The worst of it happened where three people died on a snowy two-mile stretch of the turnpike's eastbound lanes halfway between Toledo and Cleveland.

Investigators said that 55 vehicles were damaged and 36 people were injured in a series of crashes in that area. Severe blowing snow made it difficult to see, the patrol said.

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Cincinnati streetcar work completes first mile
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 06:26

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's streetcar project has completed its first mile.

Work on the nearly four-mile loop hit the milestone this past week.

The project's leader tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1hKB4lN ) that it's an achievement worth celebrating because of the recent political battle over the project.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley vowed not to support more spending on the $133 million project. But a city council vote in December revitalized the project, which is set to be finished in 2016.

The streetcar line is designed to connect Cincinnati's downtown and riverfront stadiums with the nearby Over-the-Rhine historic district's trendy bars, restaurants and a popular farmers market.


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