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WVXU politics reporter  Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the drama over Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's push to get rid of City Manager Harry Black; and Black's decision Saturday morning to resign before five members of city council fired him. 

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A grieving family still has no answers after their 16-year-old dies while trapped in a van, in spite of him making two 911 calls for help. Cincinnati City Council Member Greg Landsman says he will now vote with four other council members to fire City Manager Harry Black. Text messages between some council members reveal their thoughts on the mayor and city manager, and may violate sunshine laws. Council approves infrastructure funding for an FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End. The 2018 Kentucky General finishes its session, passing a pension reform bill and overhauling the state's tax code. And The Cincinnati Enquirer wins a Pulitzer Prize for its series on the heroin epidemic.

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Updated 5:19 p.m.

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black sent a memo to council members Wednesday expressing concerns about Mayor John Cranley's "intrusive role in the economic development process."

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Five Cincinnati council members may have violated Ohio's Open Meetings Act. Attorney Chris Finney says copies of text messages related to City Manager Harry Black "demonstrates the need for our lawsuit and injunction to force compliance with the Open Meetings Act."

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Updated: 3:20 p.m.

Cincinnati Council Wednesday set in motion a plan for investigating complaints of misconduct against City Manager Harry Black.

It quickly became evident that Black was not pleased with the process. 

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the on-going crisis at Cincinnati City Hall over whether City Manager Harry Black stays or goes. 

Hate to say I told you so.

But I told you so.

Michael E. Keating

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said Wednesday there's a "small, fringe element" in the city's police department that's committed to disrupting what's good about the agency.  

Black's comments came after a newspaper report questioned overtime spending by the police department.  

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black went before City Council Wednesday and forcefully denied misusing city funds or retaliating against a police captain by denying him a promotion, as a federal lawsuit alleges.

Cincinnati city council members made it clear Monday that they don't much care for City Manager Harry Black's idea of plugging part of a budget hole with a parking ticket increase.

Black's proposed budget would increase parking tickets from $45 to $60.

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The Center for Closing the Health Gap will have to change its ways when spending city taxpayers' dollars, according to an internal audit released by Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black Thursday morning.

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In 2014, the City of Cincinnati created the Office of Performance & Data Analytics (OPDA) to collect and analyze city-wide data to monitor and improve performance. Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black recently credited the work of the OPDA with saving the city more than $3 million through cost-cutting and increased efficiency.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition we present an in-depth discussion of the developments behind the headlines. Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black presented the FY2017-2018 budget to Mayor John Cranley yesterday. We'll take a look at what is in the budget and how the city plans to deal with a projected $26 million deficit.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black says the city's police department is making progress as it investigates the shooting incident early Sunday morning at Cameo Night Club on Kellogg Avenue.  

One person was killed and another 16 were injured when gun fire broke out inside the club.

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A Cincinnati Council Member said council should make a decision in two weeks on whether City Manager Harry Black gets a pay raise.  

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A Cincinnati Council committee has rejected a proposal to hire an outside independent counsel to investigate whether Mayor John Cranley had a role in firing former Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.  

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Cincinnati and former Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell reached a negotiated settlement agreement in August, which ended his threat to take any legal action against the city for his termination in September 2015.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black will have to wait a little longer to see if he will get a three percent pay raise in the new year.  

Council's Budget and Finance Committee did not vote on an ordinance Monday authorizing the pay hike.  

Cincinnati's city manager said the District Five police building has been given "a clean bill of health" following a series of environmental tests.

Harry Black addressed City Council's law and public safety committee Monday morning.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black has notified streetcar project executive John Deatrick that his job with the city will end later this year.

Black wrote a letter to Deatrick on October 4 with the decision.  It comes less than a month after the streetcar began passenger service on September 9.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is putting pressure on the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) to eliminate long waits at streetcar stations, but SORTA officials say that will cost money.

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Cincinnati's mayor and seven of nine city council members expressed their support for City Manager Harry Black during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.  

A council rule prevented a vote on a motion affirming that support. To vote on the motion Wednesday required six votes in favor of immediate consideration. Only five members voted for that motion, so it did not pass.

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Update 4:05 p.m.:  Mayor John Cranley said City Manager Harry Black has his full support.

In a joint statement Tuesday, Cranley and Black said they have a great working relationship, and look forward to discussing their collective success and council concerns.

Michael Keating

It seems like everyone is collecting data about people these days... grocery stores, telecommunication companies and even political parties. The city of Cincinnati collects a lot of data from residents, and officials are using it to improve customer service.  

When Harry Black was hired as city manager back in 2014, one of the goals he heard a lot from Mayor John Cranley and city council members was to optimize government performance.  

A $55,000 payment from the City of Cincinnati to a Metropolitan Sewer District subcontractor last year is causing turmoil at City Hall.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as areas – often impoverished – devoid of healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black laid out a $1.2 billion all-funds operating budget for the city for fiscal year 2017 Thursday that he says is structurally balanced – mainly because the city's revenue is expected to increase.

Changes are coming to Cincinnati City Hall security, but the new measures are being scaled back from what was first proposed.  

City Manager Harry Black announced his latest plans in a memo Monday.

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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