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City Desk June 10-16

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority on June 5 released the dollar amounts for the two lowest bids for the first 10 years of streetcar operations. One bid is under the city’s budget, while the other is not.  

Boxed In

New state job application laws could help ex-offenders, but they’re part of a larger puzzle

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2015
On June 1, the state of Ohio stopped asking job seekers on applications whether they have been convicted of a crime, and a proposed measure would remove questions about criminal history from all public job applications across the state.
  

Questions Swirl Around Resignation Papers for Police Chief; City Makes Deal for Wasson Way Bike Trail Land

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The city of Cincinnati recently drew up resignation documents for Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, according to a May 29 report by the Cincinnati Business Courier. That revelation has led to speculation over whether Blackwell was on the verge of being dismissed from his position, though city officials say that isn’t the case.  

Poll Position

Fights over voting rights in Ohio intensify as the state looks to play a vital role in 2016

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Little more than a month after Ohio settled a lawsuit charging that it engaged in practices that suppressed voters’ rights, more battles around the state’s voting practices loom.
  

Lessons Learned

Diverse coalition looks to bridge the achievement gap facing disadvantaged and minority students

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
While most students in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati’s urban core are showing academic improvement in school, newly disaggregated data reveals low-income students lagging significantly behind their counterparts in achieving key educational goals.
  

Marketing the Market

Proposed co-op grocery Clifton Market is gaining steam after the purchase of former Keller’s IGA building

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Clifton Market has been working for more than a year to reopen the 22,000-square-foot Keller’s IGA building as a consumer-owned cooperative grocery. Last month the group purchased the property.   

OTR Parking Plan Sparks Mayoral Veto, Debate About Residential Permits

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Mayor John Cranley on May 6 vetoed a plan passed by Democrats on City Council that would have converted 400 to 450 of the neighborhood’s 1,200 spots into permitted parking for residents. The plan would have charged residents $108 a year for a parking pass.   

Developers Announce Hotel Coming to The Banks

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A seven-story hotel by Marriott is coming to riverfront development The Banks, the lead development group for the project announced May 11.   

On the Road Again

Fresh off representing plaintiffs in a huge Supreme Court case, Al Gerhardstein hits the road for another big cause

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Just days after oral arguments for what may be one of the most important same-sex marriage cases in history, Cincinnati civil rights attorney Al Gerhardstein is riding with his daughter Jessica Gingold from Cincinnati to New Orleans to raise money and awareness for justice system reform.
  

Music Hall Renovation Funding Gets $12 Million Boost

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Music Hall is one step closer to a major renovation after receiving big gifts from local philanthropists announced May 1.   

Study: Hamilton County in Bottom Quarter for Income Mobility

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Hamilton County is worse than roughly 75 percent of counties in the United States when it comes to income mobility.   

Flirting with the Middle

Despite his conservative record, Gov. John Kasich looks to kick up buzz for a potential White House run by presenting himself as moderate

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich hasn’t formally joined the crowded 2016 GOP presidential nomination contest, but he’s done everything else to signal he’s interested in a bid for the nation’s highest office. 
  

Council Debates Parking Plan, Streetcar’s Effect on Festivals

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Cincinnati City Council on April 22 again discussed proposed Over-the-Rhine parking plans, which have been bandied back and forth for months.  

Ohio House Passes Biggest Budget in State History

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The Ohio House of Representatives passed a record-breaking two-year budget for the state April 22. 
  

Study: Closing Low-Performing Schools Improves Educational Outcomes

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Closing down poorly performing schools — including charter schools — improves academic performance, a new study suggests.