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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Construction work continues on the first phase of the Cincinnati streetcar project despite lots of snow and cold temperatures.  Crews once again plan to work on track at a busy downtown intersection this weekend. 

Project executive John Deatrick said that construction has been delayed twice because of the weather.

“The rail will start Friday night at 7 p.m., Fifth Street will be closed because we can’t put the rail down half at a time in the intersection,” Deatrick said.  “We have to do the whole intersection at one go.”

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Work continues to complete the funding puzzle to renovate Cincinnati's Music Hall.  

3CDC is helping with the project.  President Steve Leeper spoke to city council's Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday.  The plan has a price tag of $123 million and right now there is about a $20 million hole.

Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on an ordinance to crack down on people who do not control their vicious or dangerous dogs.

A compromise proposal will include higher fines for people who break the law and setup an animal task force to study the issues.  Earlier plans included criminal sanctions, including jail time, but those were removed.

The Law and Public Safety Committee also rejected a plan to require pitbull owners to register their dogs and have them wear special identification collars.

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The Cincinnati Police Department is celebrating the completion of its first recruit class in more than six years.  

56 officers and one firefighter who took the 26-week training courses received their commissions Friday during a ceremony in Downtown Cincinnati at The Masonic Center.  They will now spend the next 13 weeks with training officers.  

The class valedictorian was James Hutchings, who is currently a Cincinnati Firefighter.  He went thru police training to be a sworn officer inside the fire department.  Hutchings had this advice to his fellow graduates.

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A Cincinnati Council committee could vote Tuesday on a plan to get more community involvement with city issues.  The group will review a five-page motion that sets up the framework for more engagement.  

Council Member Kevin Flynn has been interested in the issue since being elected in 2013.

“One of the things that both the administration as well as myself and other council members, at least on the campaign trail, said is we need to do a better job of bringing the people of Cincinnati into the decision making process when we’re making decisions about our city,” Flynn said.

Cincinnati Council could vote Wednesday on proposals to bring more liquor licenses to Downtown.  The city would set up two new community entertainment districts that could allow for 21 additional bars.  

Attorney Brad Thomas described how the districts work Monday during city council’s Neighborhood committee meeting.

The level of security at Cincinnati city hall is once again being debated.  Some changes have already been put in place after a man drove his truck up to the front steps of the building last month and asked to meet with the mayor.  He was detained without incident and no one was hurt.  

Now some council members want a comprehensive review of security at the building.

Cincinnati Council should vote Thursday on the city manager's plan to improve customer service in several city departments.  

The biggest change on Harry Black's list is dividing the current Planning and Buildings Department into separate units.  The new building department would be in charge of plan review, inspections, and zoning enforcement.  

City building inspector Skip Zimmer said the manager's plan has value.

Cincinnati council members spent nearly four hours Tuesday questioning the fund managers and the actuary for the city's pension system.

Some are worried about the fees those managers are charging in relationship to the city's returns on its investments.  Council also wants to make sure those managers are making smart decisions based on current market conditions.  

The Cincinnati Council debate on what to do about dangerous and vicious dogs in the city will continue for another two weeks.  The Law and Public Safety Committee Tuesday delayed taking action of several proposals.  

Chairman Christopher Smitherman said Mayor John Cranley has some items he would like considered before a vote.  Smitherman said his position on the issue has not changed.

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