Cincinnati police say homicides and violent crime were down overall last year compared to 2011.
Chief James Craig wants to see that trend continue this year.
"We've set for 2013 a very modest overall crime reduction goal of five percent. We had a five percent goal at the beginning of 2012 and we certainly exceeded that, ending the year with a ten percent reduction in overall crime," he says.
Over-the-Rhine, Avondale and Winton Hills saw the biggest drops in homicides. Walnut Hills and East Price Hill both saw increases.
Democrat David Mann - a former Cincinnati mayor and congressman whose name hasn't been on the ballot since 1994 - is seriously considering a political comeback this year as a candidate for Cincinnati City Council.
"I've described myself as a recovering politician all these years; and maybe I am not,'' said Mann, with a laugh.
The 73-year-old lawyer told WVXU Wednesday that he still has "a passion for public service, which I think is a great privilege. And I think I have something to offer."
Mann said he will make a final decision "very soon."
Hamilton County Commissioners are throwing out hiring and procurement policies related to the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).
The city, which operates MSD had instituted new bidding requirements the county, which owns MSD, says were unfair- and in some cases illegal. Chief among them were apprenticeship requirements and a policy giving preference to contractors within city limits.
Commission President Chris Monzel says a working group will be formed to draft a new procurement policy.