Monday, July 28 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:23:14 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:01:08 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman. Councilman Chris Seelbach said his proposal is different because itFull Story >
Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 4:48 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:48:16 GMT
A man was airlifted to the hospital late Sunday night after a pedestrian-involved crash. Police are investigating the hit and run reported just before midnight in Butler County. Officials say a pedestrianFull Story >
A man was airlifted to the hospital late Sunday night after a pedestrian-involved crash.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 4:45 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:45:55 GMT
A trip to the hospital can be overwhelming for any family, but especially when it's a trip for your child. Emotions are high and there is a lot to navigate at the Children's Hospital. To help, CincinnatiFull Story >
Emotions are high and there is a lot to navigate at the Children's Hospital. To help, Cincinnati Children's Hospital has launched a phone app to help alleviate some of the stress.Full Story >
(CNN/RNN) – On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the closing of 149 air traffic control towers staffed by contractors that will begin April 7.
The agency made the decision to keep 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure because doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest, according to an FAA news release.
"We will work with the airports and the operators to ensure the procedures are in place to maintain the high level of safety at non-towered airports," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in the news release.
The cuts are result of sequestration – the $85 billion in spending cuts that went into effect on March 1 after Congress did not pass a budget.
The targeted airports for tower closures have 150,000 flight operations annually, and of those, fewer than 10,000 are commercial flights, according to the Associated Press. Along with the tower closures, most of the FAA 47,000 employees, which include tower controllers, will experience furloughs.
"There's going to be close calls, there's going to be midairs, there's going to be a runway accident," said Mamie Ambrose, an air traffic controller in Frederick, MD.
Of the $1 billion that will be a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's budget cuts, $637 million will come from the FAA in fiscal year 2013.
With that amount, the contract tower program is facing a 75 percent reduction.
"We heard from communities across the country about the importance of their towers and these were very tough decisions," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release. "Unfortunately we are faced with a series of difficult choices that we have to make to reach the required cuts under sequestration."
According to CNN, altogether, 238 towers are on the chopping block, and the FAA said it expects to cut funding to the "vast majority" of the towers.
The new air traffic control tower in Frederick, MD built with $5.3 million in stimulus money.
"Then why did they build this tower? In 2010, they said safety was an issue, and then they funded this tower. Now, it's 2013 and safety will not be affected? Which is it?" Ambrose said.
Pilots also are worried about the safety issues these closings could cause.
"It makes no sense," Craig Fuller, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said to CNN. "Tragically something is going to happen, and then were going to review this decision and, I'm sure, roll back some of the cuts they are considering now."
The FAA said they would be willing to consider a case-by-case basis on whether or not they should close the towers in certain areas.
"We will work with the airports and the operators to ensure the procedures are in place to maintain the high level of safety at non-towered airports," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said.
According to the FAA, the towers slated to close are at smaller airports with lighter traffic. It's not just private pilots in small planes who could be affected, as many of the airports are serviced by major airlines.
The cuts could also leave towers unmanned during overnight hours in some big cities such as Chicago and Milwaukee.
Back in February, the FAA also released a list of airports that might close, and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood issued a warning about the cuts when the sequestration deadline loomed.
"Sequestration will have a serious impact on the transportation services that are critical to the traveling public and the nation's economy," LaHood said in a statement on the DOT website.
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Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Sunday, July 27 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:32:04 GMT
The Lockland man who went missing on Friday was found dead in his car on Saturday. James Rolman, 72, was found in his car inside a silo at an abandoned trucking company at 205 Smalley Road Saturday in Lockland. Full Story >
The Lockland man who went missing on Friday was found dead in his car on Saturday. Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:21:57 GMT
A homicide victim has been identified after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday. According to court documents, Christopher R. McFerron was arrested after he fled from police on InterstatesFull Story >
A man has been arrested after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:11:46 GMT
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati. The main message expressed during today's rally was "I stand with Israel.Full Story >