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Kasich Budget Proposal: Slash Income Tax, Raise Sales Tax

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Gov. John Kasich is touting half a million dollars in tax cuts in his new budget proposal, but Ohio’s tax scheme could get more regressive if state lawmakers take up the proposed budget.  

Talking Points

Black Lives Matter Cincinnati continues the discussion over racial disparities in the justice system

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
More than 70 people sat in the chilly auditorium at Truth and Destiny Covenant Church in Mount Airy Jan. 24 listening raptly to two attorneys talk about traffic stops.
  

Study: Income Inequality Rising in Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ohio’s top 1 percent of earners make 21 times more than the other 99 percent of earners in Ohio, according to a study released by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank based in Washington, D.C.  

Ohio AG DeWine Files Suit Over Obamacare Fees

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The state of Ohio, lead by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the federal government Jan. 26 over fees associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) paid by state and local governments.   

CCV Pushes for Removal of Flynt Adult Store Billboard

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Conservative group Citizens for Community Values is seeking the removal of a billboard next to I-71 that it says is obscene.
  

A Growing Hunger

Cincinnati’s food insecurity problem is growing and experts say it needs serious attention

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The region’s hunger problem isn’t relegated to a few isolated pockets. More than 133,000 families receive food assistance in Hamilton County, according to the Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance, a statewide group.   

Requiem Project Files New Suit Against UC over Emery Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The nonprofit Requiem Project filed a new lawsuit Jan. 14 against the University of Cincinnati over the right to renovate the long-neglected Emery Theatre in Over-the-Rhine.
  

US Supreme Court to Hear Ohio Gay Marriage Case

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 16 that it will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in Ohio and three other states this spring, lining up what could be a precedent-setting legal battle over the bans.
  

Loose Change

Ohio boosted its minimum wage by 15 cents on Jan. 1, but advocates say it's not enough

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Workers making low wages in Ohio got a small raise Jan. 1, as the state automatically raised the minimum companies here must pay workers by 15 cents.  

Ohio Drops Two-Drug Death Penalty Method, Delays Execution

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced Jan. 8 that the state will stop using an execution method that utilizes a combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.  

Sen. Sherrod Brown Proposes Payday Loan Alternative Bill

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Ohio’s Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill that would allow some taxpayers to get a cash advance on their income tax returns instead of turning to so-called payday loan businesses that charge interest rates as high as 500 percent.
  

Family Matters

The search for acceptance is high-stakes for transgender youth

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Emmanuel Gray was a 19-year-old student at the University of Cincinnati when he came out as transgender six years ago, first to his peers and trusted mentors at school, then to his parents.   

Granting Support

University of Cincinnati lands $500,000 grant aimed at recognizing and treating at-risk youth

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
In Hamilton County, an estimated 100 kids are homeless each night. For Lighthouse Youth Services, that’s 100 too many.   

Ohio Supreme Court: No Jail for Tracie Hunter During Appeal

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The Ohio Supreme Court Dec. 26 upheld former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter’s request for a stay on her six-month sentence until after an appeal of her felony conviction can be heard.
  

Kings Mills Teen Killed on I-71 Committed Suicide Over Transgender Status

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2014
A King’s Mills teen committed suicide Dec. 28 after a long struggle with depression over her inability to find acceptance as a transgender woman.