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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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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Custom designed knee replacements gaining traction

Gary Marcum, who had knee replacement surgery in November, is examined by surgeon Dr. Michael Swank.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Increasingly people are losing interest in the "one size fits all" approach for medical care. Sixty-eight year old Gary Marcum knew he didn't want it when he faced his second knee replacement. The first one was  a partial, but the recovery lasted months and he was in a lot of pain.

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Music Hall
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The Public to speak out on proposed icon tax

A task force says Union Terminal and Music Hall are in desperate need of renovations.
www.saveouricons.org

If the group "Save our Icons" has its way, Hamilton County residents will be able to cast a ballot in November on a proposed 9-year 0.25% sales tax to pay for renovation of Music Hall and Union Terminal. It would  raise the county sales tax to 7%.

The Cultural Facilities Task Force recommended the tax to fund the renovations estimated to be $331 million. Private money is also being raised. Hamilton County Commissioners have until August 6 to put the issue before voters.

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