Taft moves to help Butler
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in Butler County, paving the way for the county to try to qualify for federal and state financial relief for last weekend's flood.
Soaked farmers hope for dry-out, and soon

Flynts may face old charges
A judge was asked Wednesday to decide whether Larry and Jimmy Flynt should face new criminal charges for breaking an old promise to stop selling sexually explicit videos in Hamilton County.

City cuts Kroger deal on parking
Cincinnati agreed in principle to provide $15 million to build the Kroger Co. a new parking garage after the company said it had been scouting locations outside of the city for its headquarters.

Patton issues pardons for four
Gov. Paul Patton surprised Democrats and Republicans alike Wednesday when he pardoned four men - including his former chief of staff Andrew "Skipper" Martin - who faced charges of breaking elections laws.

Lights flashed as car stalled
Police are investigating whether a stick shift caused a car to stall on railroad tracks in Walton, where a mother and her two children died when the car was hit by a train.
Site of fatal crash had lights, no gates

Boy, 14, gets 6 years for fatal shooting
Cincinnati lawyer Clyde Bennett III said there is no justification for the hail of bullets his 14-year-old client fired last winter, killing one person, paralyzing another and injuring a third.
Judge rescinds his Ohio child support payment order
A federal judge agreed Wednesday to rescind an order that the state of Ohio pay $21 million to children who have been unable to collect support payments from delinquent parents.
Obituary: Dave Ashley was boxer, publisher
WOODLAWN - Dave Ashley was just one of many young African-American men who returned home from World War II to find his opportunities limited.
Kings Island sued by family
A Laurel, Ind., family is suing Paramount's Kings Island, claiming the park failed to warn them of an electrical storm during a June 2001 visit.
Top police watchdog steps down
The executive director of Cincinnati's new police watchdog agency has resigned, just after releasing his investigation of the most serious police incident of his brief career.
Photo of the Day: "I want him dead"

PULFER: Collector's items
This story is as American as apple pie.
HOWARD: Some good news
For his innovative ideas and projects in making health care ministry a top priority, Michael D. Connelly has been honored with the prestigious Sister Mary Concilia Moran, RSM, Award.
Man dies days after treatment
MIDDLETOWN - Charles Emrick, one the few people worldwide to get a muscle cell transplant to repair his failing heart, died Tuesday, 12 days after going through the procedure.
Wedding will look like 1803
Kim Ostrander's idea of a wedding is downright pioneering.
Boy enters plea denying murder of his brother, 1
HAMILTON - Did a 13-year-old boy intend to harm his young half-brother or was he simply unable to cope with the responsibility of babysitting four younger siblings?
Ryland ordered to stop moving dirt in lead area
LIBERTY TWP. - A Butler County judge on Wednesday ordered Ryland Homes to cease construction and to halt movement of dirt in the lead-contaminated Lexington Manor subdivision.
Ohio River cleanup day moved to July
BATAVIA - Because of anticipated increases in Ohio River levels, a scheduled cleanup of the shores has been postponed.
Schools OK $44.4M building plan
DEERFIELD TWP. - Kings Local Schools has embraced a master plan that identifies about $44.4 million in building construction needed to meet state standards.
Mason rejects former Miami coach in light of pending charge
MASON - This Warren County school district is no longer considering hiring a former Miami University football coach accused of hitting an opposing team's fan.
Center augurs well for Monroe's future
Despite recent revelations of financial problems in Monroe, city officials can still point to the likelihood of brighter economic days on the horizon.
Meal program switches service
LEBANON - After complaints on food quality since Warren County's Meals on Wheels switched vendors earlier this month, program officials said Wednesday they likely will change companies soon.
Senate OKs concealed-carry bill
COLUMBUS - A bill that would permit Ohioans to carry concealed handguns passed the Senate Wednesday despite lukewarm support from its backers.
Bill targets violence, vandalism on the farm
COLUMBUS - People who vandalize farms and their equipment, destroy farm property or cause the loss of livestock would face stiff penalties and fines if a bill now in the House becomes law.
Ohioan killed in Iraq laid to rest
ARLINGTON, Va. - An Army officer killed in a crash in Iraq was remembered as a team player, friend and doting family member as he was buried Wednesday with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
Voinovich to have heart pacemaker installed Friday
WASHINGTON - Sen. George Voinovich will have a pacemaker installed Friday to fix a slowing heart.
Ohioan makes mark behind scenes
WASHINGTON - General Services Administration Director Stephen Perry knows the federal agency he runs isn't a household name.
High water starts retreat in sodden northwest Ohio
PAULDING, Ohio - Construction workers and authorities on Wednesday began assessing damage to homes flooded when up to 10 inches of rain fell on northwest Ohio.
Ohio lawmakers closer to budget deal
COLUMBUS - Lawmakers moved closer Wednesday to agreeing on the state's $49.3 billion spending plan, with both Republicans and Democrats saying there were only a few major parts of the budget left to resolve.
3 more inmates in Ohio set to die
Three more Ohio inmates are scheduled to be executed in the next five weeks. If the executions are carried out, the six injection deaths in 2003 would outnumber all of those in the previous four years.
Witness testifies to Traficant 'bribe'
CLEVELAND - A businessman charged with bribing former U.S. Rep. James Traficant tried to give the congressman a brown paper bag filled with money, an associate testified Wednesday.
Voinovich pushes regulations to guard against invasive species
WASHINGTON - A bill that would spend about $167 million a year to guard against the introduction of harmful species into U.S. waterways needs to better coordinate efforts between state and federal agencies, administration and industry officials have told a Senate panel.
Ohio Moments

Airport still alert to SARS danger
ERLANGER - It was 100 days ago - March 12 - when the World Health Organization first announced the danger of SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Patton pities rapist killer
FRANKFORT - Gov. Paul Patton said Wednesday that he plans to commute the death sentence of a man convicted of a murder he committed at age 17.
Italian restaurant coming to Crestview
CRESTVIEW HILLS - The Tristate's second Carrabba's Italian Grill could spur the redevelopment of the nearly vacant Crestview Hills Mall this summer.
Politicos shown a good time in N.Ky.
COVINGTON - The ground rules for Wednesday's visit to Northern Kentucky by about 75 members of the General Assembly were pretty simple.
Small plane missing since weekend eludes searchers
MURRAY - A team of searchers looking for a small aircraft missing since the weekend still hasn't located the plane.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's local stories)
City image artfully buffed
The national and international media spotlight turned on Cincinnati two weeks ago, when the new Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art opened.
Three former Cincinnatians see hometown differently

Local scientists zeroing in on asthma
For years, researchers knew that asthma was a complicated disease. But now, a massive genetic analysis in mice that was led by experts at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center shows that the breathing disorder is much more complicated than thought.
Research also valuable in allergies

Fathers and sons, together to the bone
When fathers and sons find common ground in their careers, that's special. When their careers allow them to work in the same office, that's unusual. When that office contains not one but three father-son pairings, that's amazing.
West side guide
The 10th installment of our 'Great Neighborhoods' series showcases the people, schools, businesses and cultures that make the west side a great place to live.
Previous "Great Neighborhood" reports:
AndersonBlue AshColerainFairfieldFlorence
HamiltonLebanonMason & Deerfield Twp.West Chester

Priests and Sexual Misconduct
Four priests in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two priests who formerly served in the Diocese of Covington have been suspended and/or accused of sexual misconduct in a scandal that has swept across the country. Click here for an archive of Enquirer reports.

Erpenbeck Investigation
Bill Erpenbeck was one of the Tristate's biggest home builders before his company crumbled in a bank fraud scandal that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.