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Uphill Battle

Gabrielle Giffords visits Cincinnati to support responsible state gun legislation after NRA defeats federal attempts

4 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Gun control advocates lobby for legislation, even as it falters at the federal level.
  

Bad News Budget

State Republicans lower taxes for the rich, defund Planned Parenthood and try to block health care for the poor in Kasich-signed budget

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
With Gov. John Kasich’s signature, Republican state officials on June 30 passed a budget that alters taxes, schools, Medicaid and abortion services in Ohio, putting the state in a controversial and politically charged path for the next two years.   

Get Out of Jail Fee

ACLU: Pay-to-stay policies harm low-income inmates, raise little money for county jails

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Hamilton County Jail charges its inmates a fee for incarceration, and a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU) suggests the practice harms low-income inmates and raises little money for the county.   

TTYL, Texters

Local authorities rarely cite drivers for texting, say proof is hard to find

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Drivers in Greater Cincinnati are texting away. Men, women. Young, old. Smart and not so. Texting behind the wheel is an indulgence that people just can’t resist.  

Growing Pains

Remedial efforts to combat and understand local food deserts strive to improve public health

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
When grocery store chain Aldi shuttered the doors of its Avondale location in 2008, the neighborhood didn’t just lose a community business. It lost a slice of its livelihood.    

Stalemate at MSD

As city and county clash on “responsible bidder” law, $3.2 billion sewer project looms

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Cincinnati's biggest sewer project in history is being threatened by a city-county conflict over how contracts should be awarded and whether job training is part of the government's role.
  

What's On the Books?

Northern Kentucky tea party-backed lawsuit threatens library funding across the state

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Today, a tea party-backed lawsuit based on the wording of a 1979 law has Kentuckians wondering what life would be like with a weakened public library system — or, worse, with no library at all.     

Breaking the Holy Ceiling

Group to ordain the first female Catholic priest in Cincinnati

12 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Despite strong Vatican opposition, one group is preparing to ordain Cincinnati’s first Roman Catholic woman priest on May 25.   

Healthy Hits

Statewide group asks Ohio voters to legalize medical marijuana and industrial hemp

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
While two states have successfully legalized marijuana, Ohio is beginning to move forward with ballot initiatives that could legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes and to produce industrial hemp.   

Stopping Traffick

Local efforts join state battle against sex trafficking, prostitution

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
In our present-day American society, the term “modern-day slavery” sounds almost like an oxymoron. Slavery, we think, is a dark stamp in a long American history; at worst, it’s something we think is isolated to poorly developed countries.    

Think of the Children

Local leaders pledge to support efforts to put more low- and middle-income kids in preschools

1 Comment · Thursday, May 2, 2013
Elected officials and business leaders often claim preschool is one of the most impactful investments that can be made in a child’s life. Now, local officials and leaders are preparing to back that claim with the Cincinnati Preschool Promise.   

Maternal Instincts

Nationwide coalition of moms lobbying for common-sense gun law reform grows local roots

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A group of mothers is trying to put a stop to gun violence after recent events have shocked the nation by demanding action.
  

Eluding Justice

ACLU: Ohio’s poor population is regularly victimized by legal system

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
For most people, being charged with a minor offense like speeding is often little more than an inconvenience. For others, though, it could literally change — or ruin — a life.   

Healthy Discussion

Study: Consumers need more options for accessing health care information and costs

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In Cincinnati, an ankle MRI can range in price from $367.46 to $2,865.42 — a variation that is leading some companies to specialize in bringing transparency to the health care market.   

Lease or Layoffs?

Mayor, city manager warn of public safety layoffs, but some still weighing alternatives

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Speaking at a press conference on March 28, Mayor Mark Mallory and other city officials did not mask their contempt for the ruling that put the parking plan on hold earlier in the day.