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 City Council is rejecting Mayor John Cranley's most recent selection to serve on the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) Board.  

The group voted six-three Wednesday against the appointment of Rayshon Mack.  

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It isn't often a government agency finds an extra $8 million, but that's exactly what happened at the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) recently.

The transit agency found the surplus funds while reviewing balance sheets.  

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Hamilton County Commissioners have named six new people to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board. They replace all of the county's six previous appointees whose terms had expired.

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Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black is asking council to delay implementation of the responsible bidder and local hire contracting requirements.

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Cincinnati Council Member Jeff Pastor resigned Wednesday from council's Budget and Finance Committee.

Pastor's staff emailed an aide to Council Member and committee chair David Mann with the resignation.

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Some Cincinnati council members now want an enforceable community benefits agreement to be a part of any city support for an FC Cincinnati stadium.  

That proposal comes as some West End community residents are divided about a plan that could bring the facility to their neighborhood.

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Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday to approve a controversial appointment to the city's Park Board.

Council voted 5-2 to approve Mayor John Cranley's selection of Jim Goetz to replace current Park Board President Dianne Rosenberg.

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Cradle Cincinnati has a new report showing how fatal birth defects contribute to Hamilton County's infant mortality rate.

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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.

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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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