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Rumpke breaks ground on new headquarters in Colerain Township1m35s

Rumpke breaks ground on new headquarters in Colerain Township

Trash-collection giant Rumpke broke ground Wednesday morning on a $20 million headquarters that will eventually house more than 200 employees. "Our company has grown dramatically over the years, and it was time for us to build a headquarters, and there's no better place to be than here in our hometown of Colerain Township," said CEO/President Bill Rumpke Jr. "It's a long time coming." The 85-year-old company has been part of Colerain Township for more than 70 years and currently houses its employees in various locations across the city. The 74,000-square-foot, three-story building will be located on Colerain Avenue at Struble Road. At the ceremony Wednesday morning, Rumpke Waste and Recycling employees and township officials listened in on the progress being made and saw renderings of what the state-of-the-art headquarters will look like once it's completed in fall 2018. Colerain Township officials on hand also spoke, saying the construction is a great investment into the community that they hope will attract more light industry to the area.

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Published: September 20, 2017
Proposed Kentucky budget cuts will 'halt' criminal justice system, prosecutor says1m38s

Proposed Kentucky budget cuts will 'halt' criminal justice system, prosecutor says

Gov. Matt Bevin wants most state agencies to slash their budgets by 17 percent, including prosecutors and state police. Some local commonwealth's attorneys said the proposal will hurt workers and crime victims. "What that cut means is that the criminal justice system will come to a halt," Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney Michelle Snodgrass said.  The state wants to cut $8 million from Kentucky prosecutor budgets.  Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said there's not enough to cut and authorities would be forced to pick which types of crime they'd be able to prosecute.  "We've had prosecutors furloughed already before," he said. "Our training budget is zero. Our office supply budget is next to nothing," The Campbell County Commonwealth's Attorney Office budgets $4,000 for office supplies. They save money by printing on both sides of paper. Earlier this month, state officials sent a letter to agency leaders, notifying them of a projected $200 million shortfall for fiscal year 2018.  "I'd lost about 75 percent of my staff," Sanders said.  And that means victims would have no one to argue their cases, prosecutors said. "I would ask the governor to talk to the victims of crime here in Campbell County, those people who won't have their day in court," Snodgrass said. Kentucky has already begun fiscal year 2018, which prosecutors said makes it tough because the cuts are based on money already spent. Many prosecutors are asking for an exemption, but they may not know if they get it until December.

WCPO
Published: September 20, 2017
Only one of CPR's steps is truly life-saving, doctor says1m37s

Only one of CPR's steps is truly life-saving, doctor says

We all know that CPR saves lives, and most people receive some training as part of their education, but could you actually resuscitate a real person in need?  Dr. Edmond Hooker, professor of health services administration at Xavier University, said many potential rescuers -- even those who have received some training -- freeze up in crisis situations because they are afraid of performing CPR incorrectly or hurting the person who needs it.  "I've driven up with an ambulance and seen everyone watching, no one doing CPR," he said. "That person isn't going to make it." That's why he teaches Xavier freshmen a unique CPR class -- one that focuses on just the easy-to-remember basics.  "In the last five to eight years, we've realized compression is the key to saving lives," he said. "We've taken mouth-to-mouth and pulse checks away from it. We just want people to do CPR." Unlike other CPR training courses, Hooker's is brief and to the point, focusing only on properly delivering the compressions that are so vital to helping victims of drowning and cardiac arrest. Without help, Hooker said, only three percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims will survive. When bystanders intervene, that number jumps to 20 percent. "I feel extremely confident," graduate student Jasmine Cline-Bailey said after taking Hooker's class. "I feel that in any situation, if anyone needs CPR, I'd be confident to administer."

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Published: September 20, 2017
Heaping trash barge docks in Covington to help Procter and Gamble clean up Ohio River1m47s

Heaping trash barge docks in Covington to help Procter and Gamble clean up Ohio River

A heaping trash barge docked near the Roebling Bridge Wednesday morning to help Procter and Gamble employees clean up the Ohio River for a second year. The boat is piloted by Chad Pregracke and his nonprofit organization, Living Lands and Waters. Pregracke and his crew spend up to 9 months a year living and traveling on the barge, hosting river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other conservation efforts. He was named CNN's Hero of the Year in 2013 for his work. P&G said this is an opportunity for its employees to give back to the community where they work and live. Starting at noon Wednesday, employees will boat along the riverbanks through downtown Cincinnati and collect litter they find. Since 1998, Pregracke and his organization have worked on 23 rivers in 20 states. He said they have removed more than 9.2 million pounds of debris from American waterways and with the help of more than 98,000 volunteers.

WCPO
Published: September 20, 2017
Springfield Township police chase ends with fatal crash in Carthage1m14s

Springfield Township police chase ends with fatal crash in Carthage

A person is dead after a police chase ended with a crash on West North Bend Road in Carthage at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. Springfield Township Police said they tried to stop a car that took off at about midnight and evaded police. Not long after, police received a report of a car accident on a lawn in Carthage that matched the car's description.  Cincinnati Police said the driver lost control of the car and badly mangled it while striking a white SUV parked on West North Bend Road near Cornelia Avenue.  Police have not provided any details on the driver or whether anybody else was inside the car. West North Bend Road remained closed at 5 a.m. as police investigate.

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Published: September 20, 2017
Woman helped students, driver escape crashed school bus1m30s

Woman helped students, driver escape crashed school bus

Several students were hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after their school bus brakes failed, causing it to crash on its way to a swim meet. Donna Milligan, who lives near the scene of the crash, said she heard screeching brakes and the sound of children screaming, and she knew she had to intervene.

WCPO
Published: September 20, 2017
College student donates kidney to Mason boy2m37s

College student donates kidney to Mason boy

“You want to know something special about me?” That’s a line from Logan Wiseman’s book, "Logan's Bumpy Kidneys." The remarkable 7-year-old wrote it with his aunt April to explain to his classmates and other kids why his tummy stuck out. WCPO told you about Logan in January when he held a book signing. He’ll have another special day Sunday when his hometown of Mason honors him with Logan Wiseman Day and celebrates a friendship with a college student that made it possible.

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Published: September 19, 2017
Pastor: Cop's lawsuit is an attack on minorities2m31s

Pastor: Cop's lawsuit is an attack on minorities

To the Rev. KZ Smith, a police captain's lawsuit against the city isn't just an attack on government. It's an attack on African-American businesses from an officer with a history of racial allegations.

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Published: September 19, 2017
South Lebanon murder suspect loses cool during video arraignment1m16s

South Lebanon murder suspect loses cool during video arraignment

A murder suspect lost his cool Tuesday morning at his video arraignment when prosecutors asked that he be denied contact with his wife and co-defendant.  Christopher G. Kirby, 38, and Jacqueline R. Kirby, 30, stand charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and receiving stolen property in a case that left a woman dead and man in critical condition on Sept. 15.  A Warren County judge set bond at $250,000 for both suspects on Tuesday. Officials still haven't said exactly how the murdered woman was killed, but they said she was covered with a blanket and cold to the touch when police found her. Police also said they found blood in several rooms of the home on West Broadway Street, where the Kirbys also resided. The prosecution originally asked that Christopher Kirby's bond be set at $1 million because of the "violent attack" that sent the male victim to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Both Kirbys are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. Meanwhile, police still have many questions to answer in this investigation.  If you know anything, please call the Warren County Sheriff's Office criminal investigations section at 513-695-2525.

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Published: September 19, 2017
Couple arraigned in South Lebanon homicide1m14s

Couple arraigned in South Lebanon homicide

Christopher G. Kirby, 38, lashed out at his video arraignment n murder charges. Kirby was about his $250,000 cash bond and the prosecutor's request to deny him contact with wife. Jacqueline R. Kirby, 30, is also charged with murder in the case. Police discovered a dead woman and a man with life-threatening injuries in a South Lebanon home Saturday. All four lived in the home, police said.

WCPO
Published: September 19, 2017