Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:52:21 GMT
The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.Full Story >
A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.Full Story >
Commissioner looks to fund rail from downtown to CVG (VIDEO)
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The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.Full Story >
The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much...Full Story >
Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:27:22 GMT
The city of Hamilton is looking at a $25,000 way to fight back against vandalism problems plaguing some its parks. Full Story >
Hamilton is looking at a $25,000 way to fight back against vandalism problems plaguing some its parks. Full Story >
COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -
Covington's firefighters union is fighting to get staffing
and equipment levels back up in the wake of a scandal surrounding the city's
finance director's arrest.
Adam Edelen, Kentucky's auditor, announced last week in a
report that Bob Due is responsible for stealing $793 thousand from the city.
Covington firefighters say Bob Due's alleged actions put them in a situation
where they've had to make cuts. They say they're below ideal staffing
levels, which browns out their busiest water-carrying pumper.
City leaders say Due's accused actions aren't the
"By the national standards,
we are 10 people less than what the national standards call for every day on
shift at the Covington Fire Department," said Jimmy Adams, president of
Covington Professional Firefighters Local 38.
Typically, the department staffs
27 firefighters at minimum. The union says cuts were made because of
Due's alleged faulty reporting. Because of that, they say the city's
busiest pumper, Pumper One, has been left idle for nearly every day since
September 26, 2011.
"To me, it's never been
about the money. It's about the safety, and making sure we have enough
people to cover the calls," said Adams.
City leaders say it's not
Bob Due's alleged actions that forced cuts.
"Bob Due's embezzlement did
not impact firefighter staffing at all. Our budget situation of a couple
years ago, we had to get our house in order," said Larry Klein, Covington's
Cuts were made, including
$600 thousand in overtime from the fire department to balance the budget and free
up money for things like infrastructure repairs and replacing ambulances and
police cars. However, city leaders say Due's alleged theft wouldn't keep
Pumper One running every day.
"This action was taken two
years ago long before Bob Due's embezzlement was known to the city. If
you take the amount of money he embezzled over 12 years, that amounts to $195
per employee, per year. That would not restore $600,000 in overtime even
if all that money was put into one department," said Klein.
Fire leaders just want staffing
restored for the citizens.
"It's about making sure our
guys go home at the end of the day, and making sure we do the best by the
citizens of Covington for the taxes they pay," Adams told FOX19.
Union officials say Due dismissed
many cost-saving proposals that would have stopped the city from terminating a
staffing contract. That contract over the city's right to dictate
staffing levels is currently court. Klein says he expects a decision from
a judge in a month or two.
BRADENTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - People are outraged after a Florida couple was caught having sex on a public beach Sunday afternoon in front of dozens of people including children. Bradenton Beach policeFull Story >
People are outraged after a Florida couple was caught having sex on a public beach Sunday afternoon in front of dozens of people including children.Full Story >
Monday, July 21 2014 8:22 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:22:54 GMT
State officials issued an ultimatum at East Fork State Park last month, saying swimming in the lake is at your own risk. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources found the lake to have 3,000%Full Story >
State officials issued an ultimatum at East Fork State Park last month, saying swimming in the lake is at your own risk. Full Story >
Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:10:49 GMT
A man walked into the Engine 5 firehouse in Over-the-Rhine Wednesday morning, saying he was shot. He was transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center but his identity and conditionFull Story >
A man walked into the Engine 5 firehouse in Over-the-Rhine Wednesday morning, saying he was shot.Full Story >