CityBeat - News http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-102-1-news.html <![CDATA[DUI Debate - Mothers Against Drunk Driving joins litigation over Ohio’s DUI enforcement policies]]>

If Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) can convince the Ohio Statehouse to pass “Annie’s Law,” or HB 469, all first-time DUI offenders wishing to drive during any probation will have to install a breathalyzer machine in their car and pass it for the car to start.

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<![CDATA[Sights Set - David Pepper targets Mike DeWine’s conservative political leanings in his race for Ohio’s top prosecutor]]>

Forty-two-year-old Democrat David Pepper has already served two terms as a Cincinnati City Councilman and a term as Hamilton County Commissioner. Now he wants to be Ohio’s attorney general, and he’s hitting Republican incumbent Mike DeWine on multiple fronts to try and unseat him.

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<![CDATA[Last Clinics Standing - Cincinnati’s two remaining abortion facilities face uncertain futures ]]>

As the Ohio legislature continues to narrow the eye of the needle abortion providers must thread to legally provide services to women, the Cincinnati area’s two remaining clinics face the threat of closure.

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<![CDATA[Core Questions - As public schools prepare for new national standards, critics across the political spectrum raise alarms]]>

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on June 16 made a trip to Cincinnati to speak at a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee. As he entered the posh Cincinnati Club downtown, he was confronted by protesters.

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<![CDATA[Moving North - 3CDC eyes first major project in OTR north of Liberty Street]]>

The southern section of Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine is a row of shiny glass facades, boutique shops and start-ups. Nearby Washington Park has received an extensive facelift, and other projects are popping up around the neighborhood. 

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<![CDATA[Buildings’ Burden - Task force floats new plan to renovate two Cincinnati landmarks ]]>

Two of Cincinnati’s most famous buildings make appearances on postcards, in logos and anywhere else symbols representing the city are needed. But in real life, they’re slowly crumbling as the region tries to figure out who will pay for their renovations.

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<![CDATA[Delayed Developments - Mayor Cranley’s first budget cuts out some community groups, gives cash to others outside standard funding process ]]>

There are lingering concerns about the ways programs designed to help neighborhoods will or won’t be funded under Mayor John Cranley’s first budget, which City Council passed June 4.

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<![CDATA[Legal Limit - How a local court case is quietly shedding light on Ohio's Lucrative DUI Industry]]>

One in seven Ohioans with a driver’s license has at least one — a life-long legal scar that has become the voodoo of our generation(s). According to the Ohio Department of Safety, more than 1.3 million licensed drivers in the state have at least one DUI conviction. This eye-opening number suggests far too many Ohioans are getting behind the wheel impaired.

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<![CDATA[Confusion and Concerns - As Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority adjusts to challenges, residents raise alarms]]>

More than 60 people crammed into a small conference room at Xavier University the evening of May 27 to witness a presentation by Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority on its five-year strategic plan, but many weren’t there to hear CMHA Director Gregory Johnson discuss mission statements and rebranding. 

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<![CDATA[On the Capital Defense - State task force releases 56 recommendations for Ohio death penalty application ]]>

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in late April was sufficiently horrific to inspire the pro-death-penalty Obama administration to do some long-overdue soul searching.

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<![CDATA[The first Jewish baseball superstar’s distinctive mark on Reds history - ]]>

 Despite a vagabond baseball career that saw him careening from team to team across the Northeast and Midwest for a decade, Lipman “Lip” Pike arrived in Cincinnati in early 1877 to play for the Red Stockings — the early name of today’s Reds — amid a fair amount of hype.

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<![CDATA[Contract Controversy - Catholic teachers and their supporters speak out against new Archdiocese teacher contract]]>

Richard Hague planned to teach in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati schools for 50 years, but the literature and writing teacher at Purcell Marian is retiring early after 45 years because he thinks church authority has crossed a line. 

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<![CDATA[Voting Rights Redux - Ohio Democrats launch statewide initiative to protect voting access from GOP-led limitations]]>

Ohio is at the forefront of the fight as activists work to defend long-held voting practices from Republican-led efforts to limit citizens’ options for casting their ballots.

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<![CDATA[Going Off-Road - Mayor Cranley insists the future of bike-friendliness is not in Cincinnati's planned on-street infrastructure]]>

Mayor John Cranley’s sudden steering of Cincinnati’s bike plan off-street has forced cycling advocates and administrators to regroup and refocus their attempts to move the city in a more bike-friendly direction. 

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<![CDATA[Fighting Foreclosure - City, nonprofits take proactive efforts to stave off ongoing effects of the housing crisis]]>

Hamilton County foreclosures decreased again in 2013, but communities are still feeling the effects of the housing crisis, signaling a long road to recovery. In the meantime, various government and private organizations are taking proactive measures to reverse the problems that often come with disproportionate numbers of foreclosures. 

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<![CDATA[Pushing Pause - Vice Mayor Mann set to propose altered bike project to save on-street parking]]>

The city’s cost of a long-planned piece of cycling infrastructure could more than double if City Council approves a motion Vice Mayor David Mann planned to introduce on April 23. 

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<![CDATA[Forgotten Population - Women’s City Club to host a discussion on ways the criminal justice system is failing women]]>

Each week Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC) Executive Director David Singleton visits the Dayton Correctional Institute (DCI). He feels his presence is making a difference — hearing voices that would have otherwise remained silent. He speaks candidly about one of his clients, a woman serving 17 years after shooting her former police officer husband to death.

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<![CDATA[Continued Cuts - Ohio leaders push back against Kasich-planned tax cuts for the wealthy]]>

City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld helped coordinate a contingent of bipartisan, elected officials to testify at a House Finance Committee meeting last week against Gov. John Kasich’s proposed across-the-board income tax cuts, which Sittenfeld connects to a decline in important public services around Cincinnati. 

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<![CDATA[Healthy Effort - Local organizations attempt to combine efforts to address Cincinnati’s main health problems]]>

The United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Interact for Health and the Hamilton County Health Department have tasked a nonprofit organization with improving the health of Cincinnatians through data analysis and program development.

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<![CDATA[Family Ties - ]]>

 There is increasing unease and reports of rioting in the streets of Kharkiv, a Ukrainian city that is tied to Cincinnati by a 25-year-old sister city partnership. Kharkiv has 1.4 million residents and is nestled near Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia. Two people recently died in pro-Russian protests amid calls for a vote that would make Kharkiv independent from Ukraine’s central government in Kiev.

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