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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.  

Digging Deep

Remembering six unique CityBeat cover stories from 2014

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Some were news stories, yes, but this past year of work also happened to include explorations of the strange world of reality TV, the questionable practices of a group of for-profit art show promoters and the wide world of ridesharing, along with more straightforward examinations of complicated urban issues.
  

Change a Comin’

Clifton Heights residents push back against developments they say are changing the character of their neighborhood

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Cincinnati City Council has opened the door for a controversial project in Clifton Heights on a site once occupied by a sprawling historic mansion on West McMillan Street.  

Cranley Removes Planning Commission Head

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Mayor John Cranley recently announced he is replacing Planning Commission Chair Caleb Faux with former Pleasant Ridge Community Council President Dan Driehaus.
  

Proposal Would Make Violence Against Homeless a Hate Crime

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A proposed city ordinance could add homeless people to groups protected by hate crime laws, making Cincinnati one of just three cities to do so.  

Local, National Protests Continue over Racial Injustices

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Protests in Cincinnati and across the country continue to take place over racially charged shooting deaths of unarmed black citizens and a lack of indictments for the police officers responsible for them.  

Ringside Seats

Poised to repeat as a coveted swing state in 2016, national political conventions target Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The 2016 election will almost certainly be a knock-down, drag-out fight between Democrats looking to maintain the presidency and the GOP, which now controls both houses of Congress.  

Cincinnati Police to Equip Officers with Body Cameras

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Cincinnati’s 600-strong uniformed police force will eventually be equipped with body cameras after a seven-month pilot program involving West Side officers wrapped up last week.
  

DOJ Hammers Cleveland Police Department Use of Force

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Department of Justice released a report Dec. 4 detailing its 18-month investigation of the Cleveland Police Department’s use of force.