Common Core
5:55 am
Tue July 29, 2014

House Republicans renew push for repeal of Common Core

Rep. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) on left and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) on right
Credit Andy Chow

School districts have spent years preparing to implement the education standards known as Common Core -- which are set to start this coming school year. Now House Republicans are renewing their efforts to repeal the standards. The bill could be on the fast track to the House floor.

Republican Representative Andy Thompson of Marietta has been a vocal critic of the Common Core standards which were developed by a group of state education leaders from around the country.

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Icon Tax
5:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

"Icon tax" debate continues

Supporters donning yellow t-shirts and stickers pack county commission chambers Monday with overflow in the hallway beyond.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The public has had its say, now Hamilton County Commissioners must decide whether they'll place a proposal to renovate Music Hall and Union Terminal on the November ballot.

The proposal from the Cultural Facilities Task Force requests a nine-year, quarter cent sales tax to fund renovations and repairs to the two aging buildings. It would bring Hamilton County's sales tax to an even seven percent.

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Bike lanes
2:39 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Central Pkwy bike lanes causing parking confusion

Two cars parked in the new protected bicycle lane on Central Parkway near Music Hall.
Jay Hanselman

Drivers who park along Central Parkway in Downtown Cincinnati are having a little trouble figuring out where to leave their cars with the addition of new bicycle lanes.

On Monday afternoon, near the intersection of Central Parkway and Ezzard Charles Drive, at least three cars were parked in the actual bicycle lane.

City officials said in a press release between 12th Street and Marshall Avenue, the parking lane has shifted away from the curb, and cars will now be parking adjacent to the new bicycle lane.

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8:49 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the recently concluded National Urban League Conference in Cincinnati; and the two headline speakers - Vice President Joe Biden and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

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10:14 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Will Rand Paul's message resonate with African-American voters?

There’s one thing you can say for certain about the small-government, libertarian-leaning junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, who (presumably) would like to be the next president of the United States.

He doesn’t shy away from a tough crowd.

Paul did it last year when he made a speech before a somewhat less than receptive crowd at Howard University, the historically black college in Washington, D.C.

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