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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The final pieces are falling into place for a plan to return a grocery store to the Clifton community. 

That Cincinnati neighborhood has been without a market since an IGA on Ludlow Avenue closed in January 2011. 

Another operator has been working on financing to renovate and re-open the facility. 

City Council's Budget and Finance committee Tuesday approved a tax abatement for the project. 

Resident Beth Whalen asked the full Council to support the effort.

Cincinnati leaders could be providing nearly $8.5 million to the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority to assist with an economic development project in Bond Hill. 

The group has an agreement to buy the former Jordan Crossing complex at Reading and Seymour Roads and turn it into a mixed use development. 

Laura Brunner with the Port said the process is starting with a study.

A city attorney said officials are working to aggressively enforce a tougher chronic nuisance ordinance Council approved last year. 

Mark Manning started in March and works in the District One police headquarters. 

He spoke to a Council committee last week. 

A property is declared a chronic nuisance once crime and disorder there reaches a certain level.  The goal is to hold the owner responsible for those problems. 

Cincinnati and Hamilton County are working together on a number of issues. 

City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. told a Council committee Monday that includes the Banks project, funding for the Port Authority and operating the Metropolitan Sewer District. 

Dohoney said he's had discussions with Hamilton County's administrator about other shared services, but not to the point of coming up with a strategic plan.

“If the policy making bodies were to decide that they wanted to see a 5-year plan for strategic services, if we got that direction, we’d do it,” Dohoney said.

The Week in Review

Oct 19, 2012

WVXU's Jay Hanselman has a look at some of the week's top stories.

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Some Cincinnati Council Members have serious problems with the subcontractors working on a major economic development project near the University of Cincinnati campus.

Cecil Thomas and Wendell Young visited the USquare at the Loop construction site last week and talked to some of the workers. 

The council members alleged some of the subcontractors are not paying workers the state mandated prevailing wage and the employees are not paying city income taxes. 

They said that's cost the city about $500,000 so far.

Several groups are continuing efforts to expand school based health centers in Cincinnati. 

The city's health department and private partners are working to fund the 6 current sites and 2 more are scheduled to open after the first of the year. 

Council's Rules and Government Operations Committee heard about the program Wednesday. 

Health Department spokesman Rocky Merz said the centers are the future of health care in the schools.

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The president of Duke Energy says the company will not provide a construction schedule for moving its wires and pipes for the city’s streetcar project until the two sides reach a deal on an operating agreement. 

Julie Janson expressed her concerns in an October 10th letter to City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr.

Janson said the operating agreement must allow the company to have immediate access to equipment during emergencies and enough time to resolve any issues. 

Howard Wilkinson discussing the week in politics for 10/15/2012.

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The process of converting McMillan and William Howard Taft to two-way traffic in Walnut Hills begins this weekend. 

Cincinnati transportation officials and neighborhood leaders have been working for a year on the plan to change both streets between I-71 and Victory Parkway. 

McMillan Street is scheduled to be repainted and converted to two-way Saturday.  The work on Taft is planned for next Saturday. 

Clarence Taylor is the President of the Walnut Hills Area Council.  He welcomes the return of two-way traffic.

The Week in Review

Oct 12, 2012

WVXU news reporter Jay Hanselman has a look at some of the week's top stories.

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Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach and his staff are following up on the information they gathered last month during a series of public safety listening sessions.  

He estimated he met with about 75 residents during open office hours held around the city.  Seelbach also talked with about 60 police officers and 60 firefighters.  

He said one common theme during the meetings with residents concerned loitering and curfew violations among young people.

The Week in Review

Oct 5, 2012

WVXU's Jay Hanselman has a look back at some of this week's top stories.

A recent report suggests Cincinnati set-up a $15 million fund to attract grocery stores to city neighborhoods that are currently described as food deserts.  These are geographic areas with low access to affordable, healthy food.

A study finds there are 24 supermarkets in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, putting the region below the national average by about 10 stores. 

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Cincinnati Council will likely approve a zoning change Wednesday needed for a mixed use development near the Xavier University campus. 

The 20-acre site is located at the corner of Dana Avenue and Montgomery Road in Evanston. 

Liz Blume is the Executive Director of the Community Building Institute, which is a partnership involving Xavier. 

She said the development will include apartment housing for students plus retail and office space.

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