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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Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. is recommending closing a $34 million general fund deficit with a series of cuts and a large chunk of one-time money from letting a private company manage the city's parking facilities.  

He sent his plan Monday to Mayor Mark Mallory, who'll review it and forward it to City Council.  

Dohoney said it wasn't possible to close the large gap with cuts alone.

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Cincinnati will officially welcome the holiday season Friday evening with the Light Up the Square event. 

The holiday decorations and the tree on Fountain Square will be turned on for the first time.

Festivities will begin at 6PM, with live music from Eclipse and the Cincy Brass, and a special performance by SCPA’s musical theater group.

Revelers can also expect special appearances from the likes of Drew and Lea Lachey, as well as Santa Claus.

Fountain Square will also feature plenty of food, music, ice skating and a fireworks show.

The Week in Review

Nov 23, 2012

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


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Cincinnati Police are continuing an investigation after an officer shot and killed a suspect Wednesday evening in Avondale. 

Channel 9 WCPO reported the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. at Reading Road and Burton Avenue.

Police were reportedly doing an undercover drug bust when they think the suspects caught on to the situation.  The suspects and the officer began to exchange gun fire.

Channel 9 reported officials said one suspect died and the other is recovering from non life-threatening injuries at University Hospital.

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Could Cincinnati's massive general fund budget deficit be gone?  It could be, but it comes with a big if.

Earlier reports suggested City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. would have to close a $34 to $40 million deficit.  

But during council committee meeting last week at least a couple Council Members dropped hints his plan will again close the deficit with no layoffs for city workers.  

Reportedly the manager could close a large portion of the deficit with a sizeable up-front payment in a contract to lease the city's parking system to a private operator.  

Cincinnati Council is expected to vote Wednesday to approve the city’s first comprehensive plan in more than 30 years. 

The Livable Communities Committee approved the proposal Monday night. 

The document has been in the works for more than 3 years and focuses on what the city will look like in the future.  Specifically it has strategies that for the first time focus on economic development activities in the neighborhoods. 

Planning and Buildings Director Charles Graves described the plan this way.

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Cincinnati's Human Services Advisory committee has finished work on its funding recommendations for next year.  

Christie Bryant is the chairwomen of the group.

“After careful consideration of impact, alignment and accountability, we recommend funding 56 programs,” Bryant said.  “Two programs unfortunately are not recommended for funding.  Because of the short notice to these programs, we do recommend providing them with one-month transition funds of $1,000 each.”

The Week in Review

Nov 16, 2012

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


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Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney's base salary is increasing to $255,000 per year.  

The full city council by a 6-2 vote approved the raise Thursday along with a one-time bonus of nearly $35,000.  

Mayor Mark Mallory, who hired Dohoney in 2005, says he makes no apology for the increase or its timing.

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A memo from Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance Committee chairwoman says the city manager will send his 2013 budget proposal to the Mayor on November 26th.  

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls announced public hearings will be held on December 6th and 10th.  Both will begin at 6 o'clock in the evening with the locations to be announced.  

The manager's spending plan will outline his ideas for closing a general fund deficit that has been reported to be between $34 and $40 million.  

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Cincinnati Council is again debating the police department's program where off-duty officers provide security for business and organizations in the city. The issue is who should pay for the administration costs of the program.

Council's Budget and Finance Committee heard this week the off-duty detail program costs the city about $676,000 a year.

City Budget Director Lea Eriksen said that translates to about $3.28 per hour.

Eriksen also said officials weighed the benefits off-duty officers have for public safety in the city.

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Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance Committee Tuesday approved a pay raise and a one-time bonus for City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr.

The committee passed the measure 6-2 and the full Council will vote on the issue Thursday. 

The proposal, distributed to Council Members minutes before the meeting started, would increase his annual salary to $255,000.  Right now Dohoney is paid $232,081.51.

The proposed ordinance would also include a one-time payment of $34,892.17.

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After years of planning, legal challenges and construction, the new CityLink Center officially opens Tuesday in the West End.  It will have a different mission than when it was first proposed nearly a decade ago.

The initial plans for CityLink called for a facility to help the homeless with health services, overnight shelter, food, temporary housing and child care.  

CityLink Executive Director Johnmark Oudersluys said that changed in the spring of 2010, when leaders decided instead to focus on the working poor.

The Week in Review

Nov 9, 2012

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


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Cincinnati officials are continuing work on next year’s city budget.  The public could see it later this month.

City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. and his budget team are working on a spending plan to close a $40 million general fund deficit.  

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls was asked Wednesday when she expected to get the budget.  She responded November 26th.  Qualls also said public hearings on the proposal will be scheduled for early December.  

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People who supported longer terms for Cincinnati Council Members are celebrating.  

City voters narrowly approved a charter amendment Tuesday to change the Council term to four-years instead of the current two.  

Campaign co-chair Mike Allen said he's not concerned the issue only passed by a little more than two-thousand votes.

Update:  The $7 million Cincinnati is borrowing to relocate homeless shelters will only be used for two projects and not three as earlier reported.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach said City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. mis-spoke Wednesday when he said the funds would benefit three shelters.  

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For the first time in 25 years Hamilton County will have new sheriff and he's not a Republican. 

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Cincinnati voters Tuesday narrowly approved a charter amendment that will change city council members

terms in office from the current two-years to four.

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Cincinnati Council will likely vote Wednesday on a plan to block three streets in the Oakley neighborhood as it deals with increasing traffic problems from the Rookwood Exchange development in Norwood.  

The plan would affect Hyde Park, Atlantic and Arbor Avenues if the city's fire department doesn't object to the closures.  

Resident Craig Rozen supports the action.

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