Monday, May 20 2013 12:45 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:45:09 GMT
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced on Monday that the Committee will hold a hearing on political targeting at the Internal Revenue Service next Wednesday. "TheFull Story >
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced on Monday that the Committee will hold a hearing on political targeting at the Internal Revenue Service next Wednesday. Full Story >
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 >
Officials said about 350 former Comair employees who were laid off in September 2012 will be assisted with the funds. Full Story >
The Senate Judiciary Committee is aiming this week to pass a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions, setting up a high-stakes debate on the Senate floor.Full Story >
Senators working on a wide-ranging immigration bill have agreed to tighten controls on the asylum system that allows people fleeing war or persecution to find refuge in the U.S.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A recent survey of AAA members in Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky shows overwhelming support for a new Brent Spence Bridge.
The 49-year old bridge has been declared "functionally obsolete" by federal transportation officials because of deficiencies caused by increased traffic and congestion. More than 175,000 vehicles cross the Brent Spence Bridge daily.
However, AAA members are divided on whether tolls should be used to fund the bridge's replacement. Here are some key findings from the AAA survey:
Use of the bridge
The Brent Spence has a major impact on the region with 75% of overall respondents using the bridge either sometimes or daily. The greatest impact is on Kentucky respondents
who are more likely to use the bridge daily.
82% of Kentucky members use the bridge, 33% of them every day
71% of Ohio members use the bridge, 7% of them every day
Need for a new bridge
There is overwhelming support for the idea of building a new bridge, with no significant difference between Ohio and Kentucky members. Those in favor of the new bridge believe it will help relieve traffic congestion on I-75.
More than 90% of members are in favor of a new bridge
More than 90% of Kentucky members are in favor of a new bridge, 60% of them are "strongly" in favor of a new bridge
More than 90% of Ohio members are in favor of a new bridge, nearly 55% of them are "strongly" in favor of a new bridge
Safety of the bridge
Safety appears to be one of the driving factors in member support for a new bridge, with nearly two-thirds of overall respondents indicating concern about driving on the bridge. Kentucky members were slightly more likely to have the safety concerns.
65% of Kentucky members believe that it is either somewhat or very dangerous to drive on the Brent Spence Bridge
60% of Ohio members believe it is either somewhat or very dangerous to drive on the Brent Spence Bridge
Using tolls to fund the bridge
The region is divided on the idea of tolls, with 48% of overall respondents in support but 52% against. There are marked differences on opposite sides of the river with only 41% of Kentucky members supporting tolls compared to 52% supporting tolls in Ohio.
Nearly one-third of overall respondents say they are strongly against tolls
59% of Kentucky members are against using tolls to fund the project
48% of Ohio members are against using tolls to fund the project
Using taxes to fund the bridge
There is strong opposition to the idea of a sales tax to help fund the Brent Spence Bridge project. The opposition is slightly higher among Ohio members at 72% versus 69% of Kentucky respondents. There is even less support for the idea of using a gas tax with 74% of Kentucky members and 73% of Ohio members against it.
71% of overall respondents oppose a sales tax to fund the project
72% of overall respondents oppose a gasoline tax increase to fund the project
Condition of the bridge
The overall opinion of the bridge's condition is not positive, with no significant variation
. between Ohio and Kentucky member opinions.
76% of Kentucky members say the condition of the Brent Spence Bridge is "only fair" or "poor"
78% of Ohio members say the condition of the Brent Spence Bridge is "only fair" or "poor"
More than 22% of overall respondents say the Brent Spence Bridge is in "good" or "excellent" condition.
"It was important for us to communicate to decision makers how AAA members feel about what is arguably the most important transportation project in the nation," said James L. "Chip" Pease, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAA Allied Group, Inc. "A new bridge will clearly improve driving safety and diminish gridlock, but the necessary local funding decisions will need careful consideration."
As an organization, AAA generally prefers that all roads be toll-free and also recognizes that the realities of today's infrastructure funding requirements will likely mean some percentage of local funding.
The Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition reviewed the results
of the recent AAA survey regarding the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor
"This survey shows that people in our region overwhelmingly
support the need for a new bridge now and we cannot wait any longer to improve
safety, decrease congestion and move our region forward. This confirms
the Coalition's mission – to build it faster, cheaper and with the most
community benefit – and sends a strong message to our elected officials to find
a reasonable, realistic and fair solution to the bridge problem now," said Libby Korosec, campaign and
communications director, Build Our New Bridge Now Coalition, in a statement.
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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