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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

A Good Day For Local School Districts With Tax Levies

Tuesday turned out to be a good day for area school districts asking property owners for money.

The four major school levies in southwest Ohio all passed easily.

  • In Wyoming, a 9.5 mill continuing levy will generate $2.4 million a year for the city school district after passing with 69 percent of the vote.
  • A 5.04 million, 10-year- tax levy for the Northwest Local School District passed by 76 percent.
  • A 4.82 mill substitute levy for the Oak Hills Local School District was approved by 67 percent of the voters in that district.
  • A 4.84 mill renewal levy for Lebanon City Schools in Warren County passed with 67 percent of the vote.
Howard Wilkinson is in his 50th year of covering politics on the local, state and national levels.