Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
A truck hauling an oversized load struck an overhead bridge girder on the major interstate between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below. All three occupants suffered...Full Story >
Britain's Ministry of Defense says a Typhoon jet has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft.Full Story >
Two men were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft Friday after a U.K. fighter jet was scrambled to divert their plane as it traveled from Pakistan to Britain, officials said. The incident further rattled the U.K....Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:46:44 GMT
(RNN) - A deadly tornado ripped through Moore, OK, killing 24 people. The EF-5 tornado had wind speeds of at least 200 mph and was roughly two miles wide. Among the dead were children who took shelterFull Story >
A deadly EF-5 tornado, a murder suspect with links to the Boston bombing suspects and a British soldier brutally killed by alleged terrorists dominated headlines this week.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:43 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:43:18 GMT
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession. According to the Cincinnati Police Department, Kyle "Lucky" McNamara was armedFull Story >
A 19-year-old Clifton resident was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated burglary and numerous counts of drug possession.Full Story >
UC's baseball team is making national headlines. Check out this video of the players who are photo-bombing the after game interviews. Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) scheduled four public hearings in the Tri-state for community members to express their views regarding Duke Energy's efforts to increase rates for electric and natural gas.
On Wednesday's meeting, the street car was a hot topic. Officials say the proposed rate increase is not in response to the utility relocation, and dollars are not being dedicated to the Streetcar Project.
However, a provision is included in the proposal that would affect Cincinnati residents differently than those living outside the city.
"I'm sitting back there just astonished at the percentages that i'm seeing, the money that they're asking. While, you know what? Why can't they tighten their belts like the rest of the people," said Belinda Ward, a resident of Batavia.
These public hearings have been arranged following Duke's decision to file separate application to increate both rates for its customers. Duke is looking to increase electric revenues by $86 million and gas revenues by almost $45 million.
If the requested increase is approved by PUCO, electric bills would increase about 5.1% on average, natural gas bills by 5.6% for the typical residential customer.
"When Duke's revenues drop and they want another rate increase to make up the difference. If we're being encouraged to conserve then where's the benefit?," asked Joe Rennekamp, also of Batavia.
While those against the increase outnumbered those in support, a few people testified in defense of all the things Duke has done for the community.
"To have a successful community, we need strong healthy businesses. And certainly very much appreciate everything duke has done for clermont county," said Dave Gooch, with Park National Bank.
Duke officials say due to low market prices from electric generation and natural gas, the average customer will still pay less for electricity and natural gas than in 2011.
"Although the distribution component of customer bills is going up, customers continue to benefit from lower generation prices for electricity and low commodity prices for natural gas," said Julie Janson, president, Duke Energy Ohio. "In fact, electric and natural gas rates paid by Duke Energy Ohio customers are among the lowest in the state."
As part of the company's natural gas and electric distribution rate cases, the company has asked the PUCO to approve a provision that would enable Duke Energy Ohio to recover relocation costs associated with mass transportation projects from the governmental entity pursuing the project, namely the Cincinnati streetcar. The governmental entity, which would be the City of Cincinnati, could then pay for the project from their own budget or choose to pass the cost to customers within its jurisdictional boundaries.
"Many in our service territory are adamantly opposed to the city of Cincinnati's pursuit of the streetcar and in return are fearful that costs for this project will be passed on to residents outside of Cincinnati proper," said Blair Schroeder with Corporate Communications at Duke.
The evidentiary hearing for the electric rate case will begin on March
25th at the PUCO offices in Columbus. The hearing for the natural gas
rate case will begin at the conclusion of the electric rate hearing.
The dates, times and locations for the next hearings are:
Monday, February 25, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. City Building, City Council Chambers 1 Donham Plaza Middletown, OH 45042
Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. Cincinnati City Hall, Council Chambers 801 Plum Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
Customers may also submit comments online or by mail addressed to:
180 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215
Customers should also include the electric and/or natural gas case numbers 12-1682-EL-AIR and 12-1687-GA-AIR.
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:20:42 GMT
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar. Bay County Jail officials say 35-year-oldFull Story >
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.Full Story >