Economic development
3:11 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Banks construction street closure and design review

Credit Provided, The Banks

Update 7/9/14 at 9:20am:  The concrete pours were delayed overnight.  Now rescheduled to begin (weather permitting) Thursday, July 10th at 1:00 a.m. and wrap-up by mid-morning.  Scheduled to be complete by Reds game start on Thursday 12:35 p.m.

Construction work on the next phase of The Banks project will shut down a section of Race Street early Wednesday morning.  The road will be closed between Freedom Way and Second Street from 2 a.m. until 10 a.m. Wednesday.  

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Music
2:19 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Jazz at the Music@BCM concert series

There’s a change for this Thursday’s, 7/10, concert in the Music@BCM series. Mike Wade & Dannita Wade and the Jazz Ambassadors will be at BCM instead of the Leroy Ellington Band. Mike's unique brand of jazz will be injected with a healthy dose of R&B and funk.

Doors open at 6 pm for food and drinks, and the concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Concertgoers can also purchase great food from Colonial Cottage, and support local youth and community organizations in the process. BCM members will receive one free drink ticket.

Politics
1:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Cleveland wins 2016 Republican National Convention

Cincinnati's loss is Cleveland's gain. The city has been chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Cleveland was selected over Dallas.  A date hasn't been announced.

This will be Cleveland's third time hosting. It previously held the convention in 1924 and 1936.

Speaking with reporters after a campaign event in Hamilton this morning, Gov. John Kasich praised Cleveland for landing the convention.

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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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