Saturday, May 18 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:15:38 GMT
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experienceFull Story >
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:04:39 GMT
The Tri-State's Germania Society is celebrating the birth of spring with their second annual Maifest. The celebration began Friday and continues on Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Full Story >
The Tri-State's Germania Society is celebrating the birth of spring with their second annual Maifest. The celebration began Friday and continues on Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.Full Story >
Witnesses in southwestern Virginia say a car has driven into a crowd at a parade. Several people appear to be hurt, but the nature of their injuries wasn't immediately known.Full Story >
About 50 to 60 people were injured Saturday when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small Virginia mountain town.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Council did a preliminary vote on Wednesday to give City Manager Milton Dohoney a raise and bonus. On Thursday, they did an official vote.
The six council members who voted for the raise say Milton Dohoney hasn't had a raise in five years, but the numbers suggest otherwise. Dohoney was hired in 2006 at $205,000 a year. In 2007, he got a nine percent increase, two percent was labeled a 'Cost of Living Allowance' and the other seven percent was called a 'Merit Bonus'. That raise made his salary almost $224,000.
In 2008, he didn't get a raise and neither did city employees. But in 2009 and 2010 he got two more 'Cost of Living Allowance' increases that were two percent, which put his salary at the current rate of almost $233,000.
Dohoney is credited with being the driving force for major projects like The Banks and the multi-million dollar developments in Over-The-Rhine.
"He's the one that really goes out and puts together the deals that gets the developments done that are making the progress that we see in the city of Cincinnati," says Mark Mallory, the Mayor of Cincinnati. "All the great things that are going on, he's worth even more than we are paying him. So, I have no issues with the raise that we are giving him."
Dohoney was up for a raise in 2008 and 2010 but Mallory says he opted not to take it because of the poor economy. "There were years when the rest of the staff got a merit increase or a cost of living increase he did not include those things for himself when he did the budget," added Mallory. "We didn't realize that he wasn't doing that, or at least I didn't realize he wasn't doing that. When I realized that, I realized that we had to catch him up, we had to bring him up to the level that he should be getting paid. That's the fair thing to do."
In FOX19's commitment to Balanced News, some say since the city is in debt by $48 million, and no one should get raises.
"The city manager is a good man, he is a hard worker, but to me this just feels out of touch with the economic reality that we are in right now," said P.G. Sittenfeld, a councilman. "You don't give the highest paid employee in the city a raise, a significant raise, when you're facing a potentially huge budget deficit. Plus, you know, there's a very real possibility of layoffs."
Councilman Chris Seelbach doesn't support the pay increase either.
"At this point in our budget, I do not support a bonus or any increase in pay for the City Manager. I am more concerned with preventing layoffs and, if possible, increasing the pay of all City employees, rather than just one, especially given that the one currently makes well over $200,000," said Seelbach.
The vote by council Thursday will put Dohoney's salary at $255,000 next year and with the $35,000 bonus, he will make $290,000. The raise and bonus add up to an overall increase from his starting salary of about six percent a year. Also, the $35,000 bonus voted on today is 15 percent of his salary.
"Explain to me how you have council members who have repeatedly stated that in bad economic times he didn't get anything. So, we're rewarding him now a $35,000 bonus because during bad economic times we didn't give him anything. Well, I'm sorry but in 2007 he was making $205,000. In 2012 he's making $232,000 so you explain to me how he didn't get a raise or a bonus or a cost of living like every other city employee but all of a sudden he's at $232,000," said President of the Union for the Cincinnati Police Kathy Harrell.
"We've got city employee after city employee which has agreed to take no wage increase whatsoever but we are rewarding our City Manager," said Harrell. "Well, I'm sorry but he's not the only one who's making this city a great city. All city employees are. But we agreed not to take raises to help the city out. It's like a slap in the face."
Forbes Magazine released the Top 10 most dangerous U.S. cities. Check out which cities made the list.Full Story >
While most violent crimes dropped by 10 percent in the U.S., the national average is five times the rate it was in 2011. Forbes Magazine released the Top 10 most dangerous U.S. cities. Check out which cities made the list.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >