Jay Hanselman

Reporter

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered.  Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.

Hanselman covers Cincinnati City Hall for WVXU.

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Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

An online Enquirer report Thursday questioned whether the ongoing audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District is truly independent.  It questions if the city manager and city solicitor are playing too big a role in the review.

Some Cincinnati Council members are still asking that audits of the Metropolitan Sewer District and the city's parks department be released before votes on the budget later this month.

It appears Cincinnati Council's decision to increase human services funding by $3 million last year is making a difference.  The funds are distributed to 34 programs focused on preventing homelessness and increasing gainful employment.   

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati's Historic Conservation Board has continued a hearing on whether the former Dennison Hotel on Main Street in Downtown can be demolished.  

A vote will come at another hearing, which has not been scheduled.  

Bill Rinehart

Cincinnati Council did not have enough votes Wednesday for a motion asking for a "solution" to make parts of the Central Parkway protected bike lanes safer for drivers and cyclists.  

Council Member Christopher Smitherman's plan had four yes votes and three no votes.  Council rules say an issue needs five votes to be approved.  

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said Wednesday his proposed budget revisions will include $12 million to buy the former Wasson Way line from Norfolk Southern.  That would allow the city to continue with plans for a bike/hike trail to connect several city neighborhoods.

The city reached an agreement with the railroad last year to purchase about 4.1 miles of Wasson Way for $11,757,000.  That deal expires on July 31, 2016, unless the city pays to extend the purchase option.  Cranley's plan means the transaction should be completed this summer.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Officials say the Cincinnati streetcar will begin passenger operations on Friday, September 9th.

Paul Grether, with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), made the announcement Tuesday during a city council committee meeting.   SORTA is managing streetcar operations for the city.

Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld is in Washington, D.C. Tuesday for a meeting at the White House on gun violence.

Sittenfeld will be part of session with Vice President Joe Biden and officials from state and local governments

Cincinnati's City Manager has issued an executive order requiring the police department and other city agencies to accept a new photo ID card designed to assist immigrants, the homeless and others who have trouble getting a valid identification card.

Harry Black issued the order Wednesday after City Council approved a resolution adopting the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC) ID card.

Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday to spend $310,000 to continue design work on the proposed Elmore Connector Bridge in South Cumminsville.

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