Jay Hanselman

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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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Hamilton County Commissioners are considering a proposed 2018 general fund budget. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto says the spending plan is structurally balanced, but he's concerned about 2019.

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Update 10/12/17 8:55 a.m.:  An aide for County Commissioner Denise Driehaus emailed WVXU Thursday morning that Commissioner Todd Portune was "speaking for himself" on the TIGER grant application during Wednesday's city council meeting, not the board as a whole. 

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Cincinnati Council could approve an ordinance Wednesday to apply for a $15 million federal grant to help replace the Western Hills viaduct.  

The city would be applying for TIGER and INFRA grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  

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Police and fire departments across the country, including Cincinnati, are reviewing procedures following last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate told a council committee Monday the city is well prepared for such an incident.

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The public is getting its first look at Cincinnati's newly renovated Music Hall. Officials gathered Friday for a ribbon-cutting event to kick off the grand re-opening events slated for this weekend.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is challenging city residents to give an hour for the city in 2018.

Cranley announced "Give One for Cincy" Tuesday night during his annual State of the City address at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine.

No more concrete benches along Third Street in Downtown Cincinnati will be removed, and those that have been taken out will be replaced.  

The city took action last month after complaints from several groups.

Northside residents are still looking for ways to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in the neighborhood.  

The community has been meeting with city officials on solutions.  

Cincinnati's health department is working with other regional partners to address the worsening heroin crisis.  

So far this year there have been more overdoses than for all of last year.  

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The Marburg Avenue bridge, which connects Oakley and Hyde Park, re-opens to traffic Saturday afternoon.

A ribbon cutting is planned at 3 p.m.

Some Cincinnati city streets could be returning to their original German names.

In 1918, council voted to change the names of 12 city streets because of significant anti-German sentiment in the city and the country during World War I.  The 12 streets were given more American names.

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A Cincinnati Council majority is asking administrators to determine if the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and its vendors are in default under the operating agreement for the streetcar system.  

The five members who voted for the motion are concerned about ongoing problems with ticket vending machines and how many cars operate during large, special events.  

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At least five Cincinnati Council members, with the support of Mayor John Cranley, say the city shouldn't have pension funds invested with companies that own or operate private prisons.

The council members are asking the pension board to report back within 45 days on a divestment plan for the stock holdings in three separate companies.

Parking meter rates will be increasing by 25 cents in parts of Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and some neighborhood business districts beginning on September 21.

City Council approved the increases when it passed the city's operating budget in June.

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There are now five donation stations in downtown Cincinnati where people can give money to help the homeless population.  

The city along with Downtown Cincinnati Incorporated (DCI) and 3CDC are partnering for the effort.  

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Cincinnati City Council met Wednesday but couldn't act on legislative items because three members were absent.  

It takes seven votes to suspend a rule needed to pass most ordinances. With three members missing, there were only six votes.  

Cincinnati Water Works officials say they might have to seek a slight rate increase to pay for work to stop the hillside from moving along a portion of Riverside Drive.  

The city has spent just under $10 million so far for a retaining wall. Another $10 million is needed for a second phase.  

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Officials with Children's Hospital must wait another day to find out if Cincinnati City Council will approve several ordinances needed for a major expansion project.  

The Neighborhoods Committee was supposed to vote on the items Tuesday, but there weren't enough council members present to make decisions.  

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Cincinnati will likely move forward with demolishing most of the pedestrian bridge connecting Music Hall and the Town Center Garage. But a City Council majority also wants administrators to work on an immediate plan to replace it.  

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For now, a state crime lab outside of Columbus is testing rape kits collected by the Cincinnati Police Department.  

Until recently that analysis was happening at the Hamilton County crime lab.  

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Cincinnati City Council could vote next week on several ordinances to let a $650 million expansion at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Avondale proceed.

The Neighborhoods Committee held a public hearing on the items Thursday evening in Avondale. Nearly 150 people attended the meeting and some 30 offered testimony.

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Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials are ending a long-standing dispute by transferring day-to-day operations of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to a five-member citizens board.

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Update 07/26/17: The head of The Sentinel Police Association is taking issue with statements from Cincinnati FOP President Dan Hils and a vote Monday evening by FOP members to step away from the Collaborative agreement "refresh" underway in Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black says the pedestrian bridge connecting Music Hall with the city-owned Town Center Garage will soon be demolished.

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Update 7/20/17 at 6:15 pm: Council Member Kevin Flynn emailed and said a crew, with four workers, was cleaning up the property on Colerain Avenue across from Mt. Airy Forest.

Original story: A Cincinnati council member is suggesting withholding city funds for the Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County until it cleans up vacant properties it manages for the Hamilton County Land Bank. 

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The Hamilton County Coroner's office, which houses the county crime lab, will no longer process rape kits from the Cincinnati's police department, according to Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black.

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The full Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday on a measure to allow medical marijuana cultivation and processing facilities in the city's manufacturing zones.  

The Law and Public Safety Committee approved the issue Tuesday.

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Cincinnati City Council will vote Wednesday on three ordinances needed to allow a plan to build a new Kroger store in Downtown to move forward.

The Budget and Finance Committee met Monday and approved the measures.

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Cincinnati Council has given final approval to the city budget totaling nearly $1.6 billion for the fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

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The private group working to help fund an east side bike trail is looking at hiring an executive director to help with fundraising efforts.  

Susan Schaefer, who is the president of the Wasson Way Project Board, updated a city council committee on its work Tuesday.

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