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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Cincinnati Council is expected to vote Wednesday to increase at least one part of the city's property tax bill to pay for some major projects approved by the previous council. But the portion for operating expenses will stay the same.

The Budget and Finance Committee voted on the items Monday.

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Macy's is closing its Downtown Cincinnati store in mid-March.

The company said in a statement Wednesday the closure is part of the 100 planned store closures announced in August 2016.

It has been discussed for years, and starting in January Greater Cincinnati Water Works customers will get their bills monthly instead of quarterly.

Water Works Director Cathy Bailey said elected officials and customers have been asking for the change for years.

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The Cincinnati Police Department is pleased with the initial results of ShotSpotter, which is being used to cover a three-square mile area of Avondale.

ShotSpotter uses sensors on rooftops and street lights to listen for gunfire and notify police in 30-45 seconds. There are twenty sensors per square mile.

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is recommending city council increase both the general fund and debt service property tax rates in the next fiscal year.

The information is in a "tentative tax budget" the city must submit to the Hamilton County Auditor's office no later than January 20.  The auditor's office reviews the information and then uses it to set millage rates so the amount of property tax revenue requested by the city can be collected from property owners.

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Cincinnati council had a four hour meeting Wednesday as it wrapped up business for the year and the current term of council.

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Cincinnati Council has approved a controversial appointment to the city's park board, and the issue may end up in court.

Mayor John Cranley selected Jim Goetz to replace park board president Dianne Rosenberg when her term expires. Council voted 5-4 to approve it.

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It is against the law for adults to ride bicycles on sidewalks in Cincinnati. That will not be changing.  

A council committee was asked to repeal that law Tuesday, but the request was withdrawn.  

Cincinnati Council wants to spend $17 million to fund two projects for the city's fire department.  

City administrators will have to find the funding in the capital budget. That could come from restructuring the city's current capital debt.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has begun announcing leadership changes for the upcoming Cincinnati City Council.

David Mann, the city's current vice mayor, will serve as chairman of the important Budget and Finance Committee. Mann says he wanted a change.

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Charlie Winburn first served on Cincinnati's City Council from 1993 to 2001, then returned to council in 2009. The Republican leaves office at the end of this month due to term limits. He will continue serving as Executive Pastor of Renew Community Church and as a life coach.

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Kevin Flynn is leaving Cincinnati City Council at the end of this month after serving one four-year term. Flynn is an attorney with the law firm of Griffin Fletcher & Herndon LLP. A member of Cincinnati's Charter Party, or Charter Committee, he is the only council member to attend every council meeting and special session since December, 2013. While Flynn could have run for another term this year, he announced as early as fall of last year that he would not seek re-election.

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Cincinnati provided $3.25 million for 36 human services programs, which leveraged another nearly $21 million from other sources during the last fiscal year.

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In October, a Cincinnati council majority was ready to end a contract with the company responsible for the streetcar ticket vending machines.  Now that firm says the problems have been addressed and it's offering a three-year extended warranty on the devices.  

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Some Cincinnati council members have questions about a proposal to increase storm water rates. The storm water utility wants a $5.3 million increase in 2018 and 2019.  

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The City of Cincinnati is implementing an affirmative action policy to promote hiring people who self-identify as having a disability.

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FC Cincinnati now has Cincinnati's commitment to pay for $37 million of infrastructure needed for a soccer stadium as it pursues a Major League Soccer expansion team. 

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A Cincinnati council committee heard Tuesday how the city is spending $500,000 to improve pedestrian safety. About $14,000 is being used to install signs at crosswalks in busy locations to get drivers to slow down.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley is unveiling a financing package to help FC Cincinnati build a soccer-specific stadium in Oakley.

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A now former employee of the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts office is facing a list of criminal charges for providing confidential information from search warrants to potential targets of criminal investigations.  

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The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents has selected Ashish Vaidya as the school's sixth president.

Vaidya is currently interim president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He also previously worked in California for the Cal State system.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has some decisions to make in the coming weeks as a new city council gets ready to take office.  

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Cincinnati officials are asking the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct a cancer cluster review at the District 5 police building on Ludlow Avenue.

Council Member Charlie Winburn requested the study Thursday in a memo to the city manager.

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Cincinnati Council Member Charlie Winburn is now asking Ohio Governor John Kasich for his help closing the police department's District Five building on Ludlow Avenue.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is holding a public hearing Thursday in Cincinnati to gather testimony on Duke Energy's request to increase electric distribution rates.

At issue is whether the company can charge more to deliver electric to residential homes.

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Residents near Washington Park may lose some sleep in the next few weeks because of a Duke Energy project.

Cincinnati officials say Duke needs to add capacity to keep up with electric demands in the southern portion of Over-the-Rhine.

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A proposed redevelopment of the former Anthem site in East Walnut Hills is another step closer to happening.

City Council's neighborhoods committee approved a zone change Monday and the full council votes Wednesday.

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Cincinnati Council Member Charlie Winburn wants the District Five police building shutdown immediately. He and the Fraternal Order of Police are alarmed at the rate of cancers among current and former officers at the facility.

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Some Cincinnati council members will tour the police District Five building on Ludlow Avenue Thursday morning.  

The Fraternal Order of Police is asking that remaining officers at the facility be relocated immediately because of health concerns.

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Cincinnati's seeking proposals to create a regional transit mobility app.

City Manager Harry Black announced the idea Wednesday at a Smart Regions Conference at Northern Kentucky University.

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