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A new report finds the Ohio Valley has some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country. The study comes from the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions, an initiative to eliminate or alleviate poverty through action-based research. 

The “Index of Deep Disadvantage” combines measures of income, health outcomes, and social mobility, or the factors affecting someone’s ability to improve their lot in life.

Two Ohio cities, Cleveland and Dayton, are on the list of the 100 most deeply disadvantaged communities. Other Ohio Valley communities on the list are rural counties: McCreary, Bell, Clay, Wolfe, Breathitt, Harlan, Lee, and Owsley Counties in Kentucky, and McDowell County in West Virginia. The majority of these communities are located in Appalachia.


january primary debate
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Earlier this week, Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper and some Democratic candidates for Congress and the state legislature traveled to the sometimes forgotten southern Ohio small cities of Chillicothe, Ironton and Marietta. They were there because in 2016, Hillary Clinton was not. 

A bill that would require Kentucky cities, agencies and public employees to comply with federal immigration officials has cleared the first step in the legislative process.

The anti-sanctuary cities bill passed out of the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday with a 7-2 vote. Lexington Republican Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr and Louisville Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal voted against the measure.

Opponents have decried the measure as an expansion of law enforcement powers to untrained employees, saying it would sew mistrust in the immigrant community.

 


portune memorial
Ronny Salerno / WVXU

Hamilton County commissioners honored retired Commissioner Todd Portune with a moment of silence before their weekly meeting Thursday. Portune, who was 61, died last weekend after a lengthy battle with cancer.

samantha gorilla cincinnati zoo
Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Updated 12 p.m.

The oldest living animal ever born at the Cincinnati Zoo turned 50 Friday. "Samantha" is the sixth oldest of the more than 360 gorillas in North America.

Farmers across the Midwest are facing tight profit margins and rising healthcare costs. And that means some hold off getting medical treatment or forgo health insurance altogether. In response, some state farm bureaus are trying to fill that gap by creating their own group health plan.

Talks on a deal to stop a huge increase in the number of Ohio public school buildings where students would qualify for private school vouchers are dragging on. And the House Speaker is proposing a major overhaul of the voucher system.

Courtesy of City of Cincinnati

A Cincinnati City Council committee will try again next week to vote on a tax incentive agreement with Cincinnati Public Schools. Right now, four council members are willing to support a plan approved by the CPS board last week. That's just one short of a council majority.

Courtesy of / United Way of Greater Cincinnati

The United Way of Greater Cincinnati has a new CEO: the current head of Hamilton County Job and Family Services. Moira Weir succeeds Ross Meyer, who has led the organization as interim CEO since 2018.

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Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank is getting a new crop of volunteers: inmates from the Hamilton County Justice Center. Under a partnership, female inmates can get their sentences reduced by participating in work details with the diaper bank.

The head of the Ohio Department of Transportation says the state is at a crossroads with policy on how to move people and products around safely and efficiently.

The Political Junkie Returns To Cincinnati!

Jan 29, 2020

THE POLITICAL JUNKIE LIVE

Courtesy Bob Nave

The multi-talented Bob Nave, who died Tuesday at home, is hard to describe in one sentence.

I first heard him playing jazz on old WNOP-AM (740), "Radio Free Newport," broadcast from floating oil drums on the Ohio River in the 1970s.

If you were into rock music in the 1960s, you heard him playing keyboard on "Green Tambourine" with The Lemon Pipers.

Drug injection materials
Pixabay

Preliminary results show the Hamilton County Quick Response Teams (QRTs) have tried to reach nearly 800 people with drug addictions since the program started in April 2018.

This is the week that advocates for school choice are highlighting alternatives to traditional public schools.

One choice that may be available to a growing number of parents is a voucher to use public money to pay for private education.

That expansion of Ohio’s EdChoice voucher program could devastate public school budgets unless lawmakers take action this week.

coronavirus
Kin Cheung / AP

Updated 3:15 p.m.

The Butler County Health Department says two Miami University students are being monitored for the coronavirus. The students had recently traveled to China.

Ohioans are one step closer to voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state’s minimum wage. The petition to start the process of taking that issue to voters has been given the green light by Ohio’s Attorney General.

100 things to do in cincinnati book
Courtesy of the author

Rick Pender's second edition of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die is a guide to exploring almost everything in the city. 

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A Bond Hill church hosts the viewings for Judge Nathaniel Jones this week. Jones died over the weekend of congestive heart failure. He was 93.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Funeral services for retired Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune will be Monday, Feb. 3, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati.

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