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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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Local News
10:13 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Rand Paul pitches his ideas to Urban League delegates

Sen. Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate office

Rand Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator and a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, pitched his ideas of economic and personal freedom to a polite but small crowd this morning at the National Urban League Conference.

Paul’s early morning speech, which lasted about 17 minutes, was seen as part of his continuing effort to reach out to minority voters, particularly African-Americans, in order to broaden the GOP voter base.

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Immigration
3:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Task force studying ways to make city more immigrant friendly

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley introducing the Task Force on Immigration at Music Hall.
Credit Jay Hanselman

Nearly 80 people are involved in a task force designed to make Cincinnati more immigrant friendly.  

Mayor John Cranley introduced the group Thursday before it held its first organizational meeting.  

"Study after study has shown that immigrants have a positive impact on the economy," Cranley said.  "Besides bringing new ideas and fresh perspectives, they also preserve existing jobs and they create new jobs and stabilize and strengthen our housing market."

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Politics
12:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

VP Biden talks infrastructure, job training needs during conference in Cincinnati

Vice President Biden speaks to National Urban League Conference
Credit Howard Wilkinson

Vice President Joe Biden told the National Urban League Conference Thursday morning that the Obama administration is committed to job training and infrastructure repair.

The Vice President said that will go far in putting under-employed urban residents, particularly African-Americans, in better paying jobs.

Biden's message fit hand-in-glove with the them of the civil rights organization's four-day conference in Cincinnati - "One National Underemployed - Bridges to Jobs and Justice."

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Music Hall
10:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Music Hall and Union Terminal supporters pack meeting

More than 1,000 people turned out for a public hearing in Sharonville. At issue is whether Hamilton County Commissioners will put a proposed sales tax increase on the ballot to pay for renovations to Music Hall and Union Terminal.
Ann Thompson WVXU

More than a thousand people, most of them in favor of putting a sales tax increase on the ballot, turned out at the first of two public hearings on the issue. The money would be used to renovate the crumbling Union Terminal and pay for upgrades at Music Hall. 

There was passion on both sides of the issue during the three hour meeting at the Sharonville Convention Center. Most agreed the icons should be preserved, but who would and how to pay for it was in question.

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