Sachs Fund Prize
10:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Local author Leah Stewart wins ArtsWave award

Leah Stewart

ArtsWave announced today that Cincinnati author Leah Stewart will receive its 2014 Rosa F. and Samuel B. Sachs Fund Prize. The award, created to celebrate outstanding achievements in the arts, recognizes Stewart for her award-winning novels and contributions to Cincinnati's literary scene. 

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Fred Hersch
8:48 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch releases new cd

Cincinnati native Fred Hersch has released a cd, Floating,  with his trio that The Wall Street Journal calls "one of the major ensembles of our time".  Fred Hersch is on piano along with bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson.  The cd features 7 new compositions by Fred Hersch along with music by Dietz/Schwartz, Lerner/Loewe and Thelonious Monk.

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Album Review
8:12 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The Mitchells

Delicate and crisp -- balancing electric guitar with banjo, cello and more eclectic instruments -- everything about The Mitchells' self-titled debut album says indie-pop. The music is light and drifting and would play perfectly as the soundtrack to the next Marc Webb film. It is hard to listen to this album and not imagine yourself leaning out the car window and letting the wind push firmly against your outstretched palm.

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Community development
3:56 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Cincinnati seeking public comments on zoning updates

Cincinnati officials are seeking public input as they prepare to update the city's zoning code and map.  Hearings are continuing throughout this month.  

The documents guide where different kinds of businesses and homes can be built, what they can be used for, and how large they can be.  

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Hamilton County Commission
3:30 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

COAST on 'icon tax': Remember the stadium deal

Credit www.saveouricons.org

An anti-tax group is arguing that Hamilton County taxpayers shouldn't be asked to vote on a proposed sales tax increase for Union Terminal and Music Hall.

The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes, or COAST, says the current proposal to fix up Music Hall and Union Terminal isn't fair to county taxpayers and needs to be more thoroughly vetted. And the group wants Music Hall removed from any proposed tax increase.

"If the plan on the table is implemented," says COAST's Jeff Capell, "this could easily become Hamilton County's third and fourth stadiums."

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Hamilton County Commission
2:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Levy committee recommends no increase to Indigent Care, Family Services levies

The committee that reviews Hamilton County tax levies is recommending flat renewals for the Indigent Care and Family Services and Treatment levies.

The Tax Levy Review Committee (TLRC) recommends keeping the Indigent Care levy on a three-year renewal cycle rather than a five-year term.

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Politics
1:18 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Early voting begins Tuesday for Aug. 5 election, but a slim ballot

Tuesday is the first day of early voting in Ohio's August 5 election, although few voters in southwest Ohio will have anything to vote on.

Hamilton County has only two issues on the ballot - an additional 11.2 mill tax levy in the Lockland Local School District and the renewal of a five mill tax levy for fire and emergency medical services in Mount Healthy.

In Warren County, voters in the Lebanon City School District will decide a tax levy renewal that will raise $4.2 million a year for the next three years.

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News Quiz
10:40 am
Mon July 7, 2014

News Quiz for July 7, 2014

Politics
8:52 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning politics chat

Howard Wilkinson

There will be no hot-button ballot issues to draw Ohio voters to the polls this November. WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about it.

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