Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:52:25 GMT
European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.Full Story >
The United States and the European Union are preparing a powerful one-two punch against the Russian economy, with EU ambassadors meeting Tuesday to discuss a dramatic escalation in the trade bloc's sanctions.Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:46:12 GMT
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the...Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:40:35 GMT
Two people are dead this morning after a man shot and killed his wife and another man, and then turned the gun on himself. According to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills, Shaun Hiles of Dry Ridge wasFull Story >
Two people are dead this morning after a man shot and killed his wife and another man, and then turned the gun on himself.Full Story >
A new bill announced by Ohio lawmakers Tuesday would speed up replacing the Brent Spence Bridge, and pay for it with tolls.
Several local lawmakers are backing this new legislation which, they say, is a must to get the $2.6 billion dollar project moving along.
It would pave the way for a new bridge to be built next to the current structure at 71-75 over the Ohio River.
The bill would allow commuters to pay tolls using a transponder that would track the number of times they cross the bridge. Drivers without one would get a bill in the mail for trips across the river which would be tracked via license plate photos.
Tuesday, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber announced its support for the legislation. The chamber said it's the first time it has taken a position on Ohio tolling legislation and the relationship to the bridge.
More than 172,000 vehicles cross this bridge every day, but before a new one is built, leaders in both Kentucky and Ohio have to decide if tolls are the best option.
"We need to get moving on this," said Ohio Senator Eric Kearney.
There are 38 major expressways in the country that utilize tolls, and Ohio Senator Eric Kearney says it's something the tri state needs to get used to.
"There are more coming to Texas, more coming to states like Florida so this is the way that highways are being financed now," said Kearney.
Kearney says traffic will be reduced by 80 percent once this new bridge is in place.
"Every month that we wait I think that it costs us approximately $100 million, that's a lot of money so we need to do it now," said Kearney.
But not everyone thinks tolls are the answer. Jackie Schultz works at Liquor City in Covington. She says even though there's delays on the Brent Spence now, she thinks tolls will only add more congestion to other parts of Northern Kentucky.
"If they're adding tolls it's just going to bring people to other bridges and it's really going to congest and bring more traffic," said Schultz.
Kearney says without tolls, this project could be pushed back years and many worry that's not good for the local economy.
"This is third in terms of the good and services that travel over the Brent Spence Bridge over a year so it's very important to commerce," said Kearney.
Several Northern Kentucky residents agree a new bridge is needed, but many including Schultz say tolls will affect all the people that live on one side of the river and work on the other.
"This is our money to fend for our families so budget my money a little more because that's more money coming out of my pockets for these tolls," said Schultz.
The Bluegrass State is the other piece of this puzzle. Kentucky's legislature adjourned for the year without passing legislation to allow private financing on roads and bridges.
Ohio lawmakers hope passing their bill will help speed up the process.
Sponsors of the bill hope this legislation will pass by the end of the month.
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 >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:12:32 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 >