CityBeat - News http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-102-1-news.html <![CDATA[Deadly Additions - A synthetic opiate making heroin even more dangerous has its roots in the prescription drug-addiction crisis]]> In 2014, Ohio had the second-highest drug overdose rate in the country, with some 2,744 deaths — many related to heroin.
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<![CDATA[Keeping Secrets - Months after canceling a student-led support group, UC’s efforts to support sexual assault survivors are still up in the air]]> More and more, campus sexual assault prevention and counseling are the purview of schools like the University of Cincinnati.]]> <![CDATA[Stuck in Park - Policy debates over parking permits leave OTR residents caught in the middle]]> That struggle carries a number of consequences for OTR residents, advocates say, influencing decisions about grocery shopping, childcare, work and even whether long-time community members feel welcome in or are able to stay in the neighborhood. ]]> <![CDATA[Measuring Up - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is promoting Ohio’s economy on the campaign trail. But how strong is the state of the state?]]>

As Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to fight an underdog battle for the GOP presidential nomination, he’s made his economic know-how a keystone of his pitch in debates, campaign appearances and ads. 


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<![CDATA[Building Scrutiny - City officials look at ways to help low-income renters struggling with landlord neglect ]]> These landlords are concentrated in the city’s low-income neighborhoods like Avondale, Walnut Hills and Price Hill, where tenants facing a historic shortage of low-cost housing find few other options.
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<![CDATA[Torching Progress - Gov. Matt Bevin's election signals a hard swing to the right for Kentucky]]> For only the second time in 40 years, Kentucky has a Republican governor — and his election might signal a sea change in the Bluegrass State.]]> <![CDATA[Changing Lanes - Cincinnati bike activists look to secure more funding for a mega-bike-trail plan]]> Cincinnati is no Portland or Minneapolis when it comes to being a biker’s paradise. Relative to its peer cities, Cincinnati is lacking in on-street bike lanes, and its trail system — while ambitious — is still relatively disconnected.]]> <![CDATA[The Long Fight - New coalition looks for long-term plans to reduce violent crime in the city]]> Cincinnati has fought a pitched battle over the past year to address gun violence in neighborhoods around the city.


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<![CDATA[Fighting Intolerance - Diverse group speaks out against a recent spike in Islamophobia]]>

A recent rally against Islamophobia at the University of Cincinnati followed the same route a UC pre-med student was walking just two weeks prior, when she says she was a victim of Islamophobia.

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<![CDATA[Promising a Future - Faith and education leaders lay out details of the proposed Preschool Promise]]>

Election Day and the chaos it brings has just barely passed, but community leaders and educators haven’t wasted any time in getting a head start on pushing to put a funding initiative for city-wide universal preschool on next year’s ballot.

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<![CDATA[Remembering Tamir - One year after the police-shooting death of Tamir Rice, activists call for justice]]>

Three hundred and sixty-four days after a Cleveland police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a group of about 60 people gathered in a cold, driving rain at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

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<![CDATA[Long Wait - Cincinnati’s lagging transit system presents barriers for both low-income residents and economic development ]]>

Many Cincinnati residents who depend on Metro for transportation endure long routes that don’t go where most of the jobs and other necessities in the city are located.

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<![CDATA[More Than a Game - Freedom Center digs deep into controversy over Native-American-themed mascots, recalling local fights over the symbols]]> A panel hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Nov. 7 sought to bring to light the deep hurt and offense felt by the Native American community through the use of stereotypical mascots in team sports.
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<![CDATA[Geographies of Need - Gov. John Kasich’s food stamp policy again bypasses Ohio’s urban areas in favor of rural counties ]]>

Seteria Carter has been battling cancer for four years. She is one of more than 125,000 people in Hamilton County who receive SNAP benefits. But there are others in the county — and in urban areas across the state — who need them and don’t get them.

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<![CDATA[Defunding at all Costs - State lawmakers join the pile-on against Planned Parenthood]]>

Weeks after a federal court order kept two women’s clinics in southwestern Ohio from shutting down, the state’s biggest provider of those services faces a new challenge — a proposed law that prohibits it from receiving federal funds for health screenings and other non-family-planning-related services.

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<![CDATA[Shared Causes - A Palestinian activist’s fight against immigration fraud charges unites civil-rights groups in Cincinnati]]>

Nearly 100 activists gathered outside of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals downtown from as far as Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis to support Rasmea Odeh, who was scheduled to appeal her conviction on immigration fraud charges from a federal court in Detroit in November 2014.

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<![CDATA[Ohio NORML: Issue 3 Could Pinch Marijuana Users’ Fourth Amendment Rights - ]]>

As election day looms, medicinal and recreational marijuana users in Ohio are mulling cloudy questions around how ResponsibleOhio’s legalization amendment could affect their lifestyle.

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<![CDATA[Fighting Fear - Activists in Northside take to the streets to protest increasing violence against women]]> In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, two teenagers approached a woman near the corner of Chase and Virginia avenues in Northside and assaulted her. The terrifying incident wasn’t an isolated occurrence in Northside, which has seen a spike in reports of of violent rapes and sexual assaults.]]> <![CDATA[Waiting Game - Kentucky won’t legalize medical marijuana anytime soon, but interested parties are watching Ohio]]>

Thomas Vance is part of the group Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, which advocates for military veterans to be able to use marijuana to treat conditions such as PTSD and chronic pain. He says marijuana helps reduce his PTSD symptoms by 90 percent. 

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<![CDATA[Fall of the House of Boehner - The departure of Congress’ most powerful man leaves a void that could be filled by more hardline conservatives]]>

The clouds had been gathering over U.S. Rep. John Boehner from nearly the moment he started his tenure as House Speaker in 2011. Last week, the storm of discontent from far-right Republicans in Congress finally ushered him out, underlining deep faults in the country’s political landscape and leaving voids that could be filled by more hardline conservatives.

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