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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A Cincinnati Council majority seems to like the idea of providing seasonal jobs to about 15 to 20 homeless people.  

But there are some who have concerns about using $50,000 from a city contingency fund to pay for it.

Cincinnati is being asked to fund a homeless-to-work pilot program.  The full council could vote on the issue Wednesday.  

It would offer seasonal jobs to 15 to 20 homeless people.

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Cincinnati and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation have reached agreement on streetcar operations funding.  The 8-page deal released Thursday spells out the terms for the foundation providing $900,000 to help with streetcar operating funds for the first two years.  

Streetcar operations are expected to cost approximately $4.2 million in years one and two.  The first year of service is scheduled to begin in September.

Cincinnati's city manager is reviewing the city's hiring practices after a recent audit.  

Assistant City Manager John Juech addressed a council committee Tuesday.  He said the review found the city's system is rather decentralized, meaning things are different across the organization.

Cincinnati's City Manager has announced metal detectors will return to City Hall entrances on Apr. 4.  

Harry Black said in a memo visitors must come through the front entrance.  They will be screened using a metal detecting gate or hand-held metal detector.

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Two plans to deal with the Little Miami Incinerator have gone down the tubes. 

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency denied a request for more time to upgrade the facility, which doesn't meet clean air standards.  Now Hamilton County's leaders are rejecting a proposal to turn solid waste into fertilizer, saying it's not economical or environmentally friendly.

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The company that will be handling Cincinnati's streetcars said it is close to hiring the first ten operators.  

Transdev General Manager John Claflin told a city council committee Tuesday it will begin training on April 4th in three classes.

City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is telling a council committee he is considering increasing security at city hall.  

He said that includes again placing metal detectors at the entrances to the building.  Black said he understands there is a balance.

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Updated 2/29/16:

The City of Cincinnati will continue to maintain the $10,000 yearly stipend the city provides to chiefs and assistant chiefs in "lieu of overtime, call back, shift differential, court time and shift change compensation." WVXU confirmed the information Monday.

Isaac will also continue to receive a tuition reimbursement for a master's degree program at Xavier University.

The city confirms Isaac can return to the captain rank if he is relieved from the chief's position "for other than just causes as outlined in Article B, Section 5 of the Charter of the city."

Sarah Ramsey

A Cincinnati council committee heard Tuesday from one of the co-chairs of the team investigating alleged irregularities at the Metropolitan Sewer District.  

City Manager Harry Black created the panel Monday.  

Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati's city manager has appointed a special team to investigate “alleged irregularities concerning past management and procurement practices of the Metropolitan Sewer District.”

Harry Black had asked the city solicitor to investigate any allegations, and he has now decided an independent review is in order.

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Update 2:40 p.m.

Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel says “The city’s repeated and flagrant disregard of its obligations stated very clearly under the 2014 Federal Court Order made today’s court action necessary. “We respectfully ask the court to enforce its previous order and allow Hamilton County to bring accountability and transparency which are so badly needed in MSD operations.”

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Some residents and political leaders have recently suggested the aging Western Hills Viaduct needs more attention.  

Cincinnati Transportation Director Michael Moore told a city council committee Wednesday work is happening.

BodyWorn

Cincinnati officials are moving forward with plans to equip all of the city's police officers in patrol functions with body worn cameras.  

The plan is to select a vendor in May and purchase about 700 cameras. 

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Cincinnati's police chief announced nine promotions Wednesday that bring more diversity to the department's leadership.  

Chief Eliot Isaac filled three captain positions along with promoting three others to lieutenant and three more to the rank of sergeant.  

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