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 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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Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati announced Friday it’s now ready to hire an additional 400 workers.

This is the second phase of its recruiting initiatives as the casino prepares for a 1,700 member workforce for an opening in the spring 2013.

Casino officials said candidates are currently being sought for several roles in accounting, finance, facilities, slots, and security.  The facility is also seeking about a dozen culinary positions including accomplished chefs, sous chefs and restaurant managers.

The Week in Review

Nov 2, 2012

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

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Three Cincinnati Council Members are asking city administrators to investigate pay issues involving some workers at the USquare Development near the University of Cincinnati. 

They allege some sub-contractors aren't paying their employees the correct hourly wages.

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Cincinnati residents will vote next week on a charter amendment that would allow city council members to serve four-year terms instead of the current two.  

Both sides have been debating the issue since a council majority placed it on the ballot in August.  

The group Citizens for Common Sense is urging a “yes” vote and held a press conference Tuesday.  

Business owner and philanthropist Otto Budig supports longer-terms.

The Greater Cincinnati Port Authority is working to finalize a strategic plan that will guide its work for the next two years. 

Executive Director Laura Brunner presented the proposal Tuesday to City Council’s Strategic Growth Committee. 

She said some may be surprised the plan is only for two years instead of a longer period.

Cincinnati Council will likely vote next week to borrow $37 million to fund economic development projects in the city and to cover a portion of the costs of the Homeless to Homes plan. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development would loan the money and the city's Community Development Block Grants would be the collateral. 

The portion for Homeless to Homes to relocate three shelters is generating some concern. 

Alice Shirtz is with Affordable Housing Advocates and opposes the proposal.

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WVXU's Howard Wilkinson talks about this week's political headlines with Jay Hanselman.

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