CINCINNATI -- We know, we know: With this week's chilly weather, you don't need another reminder that winter's just around the corner.
But this is good news: Communities in southwest Ohio will get more than $735,000 from a state settlement with rock salt producers accused of conspiring to drive up prices.
The settlement, totaling $11.5 million statewide, ends a lawsuit in which the state alleged that Chicago-based Morton Salt Inc. and Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. agreed not to compete with each other to inflate prices on rock salt used to de-ice roads and bridges.
Both companies denied wrongdoing.
More than 840 public entities have to split the money, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine. He said all the public entities that made eligible claims are getting a check.
The Ohio Department of Transportation gets $1.7 million as Ohio's largest single rock salt buyer. Locally, the city of Cincinnati is getting the biggest chunk of money -- $153,731.44.
See how much your community will get in the chart below: