Saturday, August 23 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:45:44 GMT
A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.Full Story >
Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to...Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:35:39 GMT
Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.Full Story >
Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:48:18 GMT
Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed...Full Story >
Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.Full Story >
Cincinnati make money by bottling the city's water?
It is an idea
that is part of an effort to pay for much needed repairs and maintenance for
Cincinnati's aging sewer system.
City Council approved a water rate increase on Wednesday. The original proposal
was to raise the rate by 7.5 percent but council voted that down. A week later,
they compromised with a 4 percent increase that will go into effect in 6 months.
rate hike wasn't the only proposed idea to raise money for the sewer projects. Councilman
Wendell Young suggested bottling Cincinnati's water and selling it for profit.
got to find a way to increase the revenue and that takes somebody smarter than
me but the message is clear. You can't keep beating up the taxpayer with these
increases and we have to maintain the system. We've got to find a better way," said Councilman Young.
The city of
Hamilton is already bottling their tap water. It started out in 2010 when they
received the distinction of best tap water in the world at the Berkeley Springs
International Water Tasting Competition. It got residents asking for their tap water in bottles and the city wondering
if profit could be made.
donate our water to non-profit organizations. We do sell a small amount to
businesses in town," said John Bui, Director of Underground Utilities for
the city of Hamilton.
called ‘Hamilton on Tap.'
It is the
city's award winning tap water sold in bottles but it's not exactly a huge
money maker. Bui says they mainly use the small scale bottling process as a
public service. When they looked at
trying to make a profit, it just didn't work.
we are not making any money. We are losing money producing this water,"
said Bui. He said they would have to put in more capital investments and a larger
facility to make a profit.
cities have found a way around that. A study by Food and Water Watch found a
huge spike starting in 2005 of municipalities selling their excess water supply
to major bottling companies who put it through a filtration process, bottle it and sell it back to consumers.
Cincinnati making their own labeled water, Bui says it is possible but the
capital investment won't be cheap.
may or may not make sense after you get in depth with your research," said
Cincinnati Water Works says they will be happy to look
at the bottling water solution or any other idea the council has at their
direction. Meanwhile, water rates could potentially rise another 11 percent
Friday, August 22 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:17:39 GMT
Portland city leaders are considering a plan to build tiny houses for homeless people to help get them off the streets. The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at TheFull Story >
The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at The Caravan Tiny House Hotel in northeast Portland.Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:18:15 GMT
Taste of Blue Ash, a popular (and delicious) event north of downtown Cincinnati, takes place this weekend serving a variety of food, big music acts and family events. Get all the event details here.Full Story >
Taste of Blue Ash, a popular (and delicious) event north of downtown Cincinnati, takes place this weekend serving a variety of food, big music acts and family events. Get all the event details here. Full Story >