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9:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pepper unanimous choice for Ohio Democratic Party chair

David Pepper at Ohio Democratic executive committee meeting
Credit Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

It wasn’t a surprise.  David Pepper received unanimous backing from executive committee members Tuesday night to become the new chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party.

The party’s executive committee met Tuesday night in Columbus. In the end, it was a sweep for Pepper, after his opponent, former lieutenant governor candidate Sharen Neuhardt of Dayton, dropped out of the race Monday.

Pepper says he thinks the party needs to more clearly define its core message of supporting working Ohioans.

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Veterans Issues
7:17 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Veterans find solace in yoga

Yoga mats await veterans at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
Credit Jennifer Wright / provided

Combat veterans face a host of challenges when they return to civilian life. Some of them end up in trouble.  But there is an effort across the country to keep them out of jail and back on the straight and narrow.  In Hamilton County, there’s a unique twist to help vets manage their lives: yoga. 

Veterans’ Courts have sprung up across the country as a way to reduce recidivism.  They work like drug or mental health courts.  Veterans charged with misdemeanors or low level felonies are directed out of the regular docket and into the special programs to meet their particular needs.

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Cincinnati government
4:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Debating executive mayor government in Cincinnati

Credit Jay Hanselman

Discussions continue around changing the balance of power between Cincinnati's mayor and the city council.  City voters may see something on the ballot for a Charter change next year.

Council Member Christopher Smitherman is working with city lawyers on his fourth version of an ordinance to create an executive mayor form of government in the city.  He discussed the issue Tuesday during a committee meeting.  

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Cincinnati government
2:47 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Cincy Council members want 311 in the city

There are lots of way to interact with the city of Cincinnati including a website, a mobile app and the city's 591-6000 phone line.  

But city council is asking for a report on a setting up a 311 call center similar to those in other cities in the country.  

Council Member Wendell Young is supportive and his office has been working on the latest proposal.

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Local News
9:15 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Tracie Hunter asks appeals court to postpone her sentence

Tracie Hunter
Credit Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Suspended Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter has asked the Ohio First District Court of Appeals to release her on bail and postpone her sentencing while she appeals her conviction on a criminal charge.

Earlier this month, the trial judge, Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel, denied a motion by Hunter's lawyer, Clyde Bennett II, to postpone her jail sentence while she appeals the case. Nadel ordered that she begin her jail term on Dec. 29.

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