City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati officials announced Thursday the city has received an upgrade on its bond rating.

Standard and Poor's has improved the city's rating on its unlimited-tax general obligation debt to AA.  Previously it was AA-.  The rating firm listed the city's outlook as stable.

East West Center

Bhondsi Jail, southwest of New Delhi, is celebrating the success of its vocational training and is being held up as an example to all of India showing how prisoners can be rehabilitated on their own terms. WVXU and other media were granted access recently.

It's easy to see how Director of the India Vision Foundation Monica Dhawan's enthusiasm helped change what once was an ordinary jail into a place where inmates do yoga, garden, play sports and celebrate festivals.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Members of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati explained how criminal trials work during a community forum Wednesday night in Roselawn.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Voters were streaming in the Hamilton County Board of Elections Wednesday morning to cast ballots on this first day of early voting in Ohio.

Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Cincinnati Council is asking city administrators to move forward with a study of traffic signal timing in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.  

Michael Keating

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority told a Cincinnati Council committee Tuesday it has a broken funding formula and it is looking to fix the problem. 


Board Chairman Jason Dunn and Chief Executive Officer Dwight Ferrell addressed the Major Transportation and Regional Cooperation Committee.


John Kiesewetter

What happens when you gather "Face/Off" stars Nicholas Cage and Gina Gershon, WWE wrestler Eva Marie, Austrian actress Nicky Whalen ("Hall Pass," "Franklin & Bash"), movie producer Randall Emmett and director Jonathan Baker?

You get an entertaining press conference about "Inconceivable," the newest Hollywood feature film to shoot in Greater Cincinnati – and be set here as well.

And you learn there will be more movies coming to town.

Both Friday and Monday, Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep broadcast from the WVXU studios as he talked with Ohio voters about the presidential election.  Maryanne Zeleznik had a chance to sit down with him to talk about what it's been like covering this particular election:


Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

Madisonville is one of Cincinnati's largest neighborhoods, but, in 1970, an important part of its heart and soul was paved over and disappeared with barely a trace when the Red Bank Expressway was built.

Cincinnati council is expected to vote Wednesday to increase water rates by 3.75 percent for each of the next 5 years.  

The funds will be used to continue the city's water main replacement program and also speed up efforts to replace lead service lines in the city.  

Michael E. Keating

Cincinnati administrators say they are working with Motorola to address problems with the audio quality of some city police officers radios.

It comes as the Fraternal Order of Police is researching whether it can file a lawsuit against the company concerning the issue.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the impact Donald Trump's lewd and vulgar remarks about women in 2005 is already damaging his campaign in Ohio. 


Ruger, the electronic-detection K9, is getting his feet wet as the newest member of the Franklin County, Ohio Sheriff's Department.

The eighteen-month old black Labrador Retriever is one of just two dozen dogs nationwide that can sniff out smart phones, tablets, SD cards and flash drives. In Franklin County he's on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) where Sheriff Zach Scott says criminals are pretty good at hiding evidence. His detectives have found SD cards in cigarette lighters.

Howard Wilkinson / WVXU

Ohio's junior U.S. senator, Rob Portman announced late Saturday he is rescinding his previous endorsement of Republican president nominee Donald Trump.

Portman was one of dozens of GOP leaders from around the country who have announced they can no longer support Trump, after the disclosure Friday of a 2005 video in which Trump makes lewd, vulgar comments about a married woman he said he wanted to have sex with.

Poor old Ohio. Once the bellwether of the nation; once the ultimate swing state in presidential elections.

Now, if you pay attention to some recent national news reports, Ohio is watching its bellwether status slip away. It is becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of American Politics, shifting its necktie and whining that it gets no respect.