Monday, May 20 2013 12:15 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:15:32 GMT
Governor Steve Beshear announced that Kentucky will receive a nearly $3 million National Emergency Grant to assist workers affected by the closure of Comair in Erlanger. The majority of funds, administeredFull Story >
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Monday, May 20 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:38:57 GMT
A Cincinnati man makes a music video all about the Queen City. Brandon Shields is a Price Hill native who just graduated from Cincinnati Christian on Saturday. Shields wrote and produced the YouTubeFull Story >
If you love Cincinnati, you are going to enjoy this music video by Price Hill native Brandon Shields.Full Story >
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFSB) -
The superintendent of schools for Newtown testified at a gun violence hearing at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on Wednesday afternoon.
Janet Robinson spoke in front of the Steering and Policy Committee, which is co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother at their home, then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 children and adults.
"I'm here to give a face to the children, the staff and the families of Sandy Hook," Robinson said at the beginning of her testimony
Robinson vividly described what happened on Dec. 14 and explained that the day started "like every other morning."
"Sandy Hook Elementary seemed like the safest place in this suburban community," she said.
Throughout her testimony, she talked about the heroic efforts of her teachers and staff. She said how they "were not trained in combat" and their first instinct was "to protect their children."
"They were no match for a troubled young person with an AR-15," Robinson said.
Robinson was introduced by the recently-elected Elizabeth Esty, whose new district includes Newtown. There were also family members of victims of gun violence in California, at Virginia Tech and Tucson, AZ.
"You need to help us prevent another tragedy," Esty said.
Esty told those in attendance that she first met Robinson at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department, where the families of the school children were gathering.
"Janet was grieving," Esty said about Robinson. "She was there with parents of children, who didn't know if their children were going to come home."
By the time Robinson arrived at the firehouse, children were sent back home with their parents. After seeing some children were missing, she realized "the magnitude of this tragedy."
However, Esty said the superintendent spent the next day meeting with board of education members on ways for her children to move on and begin the healing process.
"She was putting Sandy Hook first," Esty said about the inaction of U.S. Congress.
Esty said Robinson would provide "expertise" to the committee to help them move forward and prevent another tragedy.
"I think we are going to see mothers, grandmothers and sisters standing up and saying we need to do better for our children," said Esty, who is one of the newest members of a special taskforce on gun violence. "The president was exactly right. This is about children."
Robinson explained how the "sense of security has been shattered" in Newtown.
"We are a community struggling to pick up the pieces and determine what this new normal looks like," she said.
Robinson ended her speech by explaining an online petition set up by a fourth-grader named Ava to change the gun laws. After getting support from around the United States, the petition had to be taken down because police were worried about the child's safety.
The student asked the federal government to ban semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines for the people of Newtown.
"Semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines end lives and put lives at risk," the student wrote in a letter to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. "This will prevent other communities from suffering like we are in Newtown."
Ava asked Pelosi and other members of Congress to visit the donation center and read some of the letters sent in.
"People against changing gun laws should walk through the long hallway and read one card out of every box to realize how many people want this changed," the letter stated. "We would all appreciate anything you can do."
Several members of the House and Senate were at Capitol Hill, even though the session has not started. Many of them told Eyewitness News they want to be apart of what is happening.
Any recommendations by the steering committee will be sent to House as early as next month.
Robinson has served as a superintendent in three school districts and has previously been a teacher, school counselor and school psychologist.
As for how her town will heal, Robinson had an answer for that.
"Newtown is a community that comes together and we are supporting one and another," she said. "And we are going to move forward."
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Monday, May 20 2013 7:48 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:48:36 GMT
You can buy a little luck for just $7, thanks to a Craigslist post. A Covington resident is selling two four leaf clovers, according to a post on Craigslist Sunday afternoon The posting reads, "I haveFull Story >
A Covington resident is selling two four leaf clovers, according to a post on Craigslist Sunday afternoonFull Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 7:56 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:56:23 GMT
A Colerain Township man is arrested on charges he raped a 12-year-old girl. Toussaint Thrower, 37, is accused of committing the crime over a period of two years. He is expected to appear in court thisFull Story >
The police report also states the victim is pregnant and the act happened at least four times between 5-18-2011 and 1-1-2013.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 12:08 AM EDT2013-05-20 04:08:33 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show returned to the park on Sunday.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:33:10 GMT
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. LittleFull Story >
Warren County authorities are investigating two bodies found in a home on Sunday. Officials were called to a residence in the 3900 block of Riley Avenue in South Lebanon around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 6:13 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:13:28 GMT
Police are investigating a shooting a in South Fairmount. Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. Little information is known atFull Story >
Authorities were notified of a shooting in the 1700 block of Queen City Avenue around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening. The victim was transported to the hospital where he died.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:54:19 GMT
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break. "It's way beyond anything I could've ever imagined in a million years," said Elizabeth Edwards, whoFull Story >
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:30:16 GMT
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Liberty Township. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio. FOX19 has a crewFull Story >
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon at the Countryside Village Mobile Home park off of State Route 4 in Liberty, Ohio.Full Story >
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