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In late June, Cincinnati City Council approved a round of development incentives for several projects. Those included a conversion of the PNC Tower from office to residential and retail, and a mixed-use apartment building along the river called Artistry. Some of the tax incentive deals are for developments that include a certain percentage of units of affordable housing; others do not.

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On a Saturday Cincinnati's City Hall was filled with young women sharing laughs and personal stories. Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard hosted the second annual Girls in Government Day for young women ages 8 to 18. The half-day event exposes girls to careers in local government and gives them the opportunity to meet local elected officials and women in leadership roles.

One thing was abundantly clear in the over 600 pages of text messages and emails from the "Gang of Five" Cincinnati Council members – they have no use whatsoever for Mayor John Cranley.

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Updated: 2:28 p.m. 

The judge in the case against five Cincinnati City Council members who broke Ohio law by secretly texting each other said they "should resign'' and return to taxpayers the $101,000 the city will pay for their transgressions.

Cincinnati has reached an agreement with a plaintiff who filed a lawsuit against five Cincinnati City Council members accusing them of violating the state's open meeting law with a series of text messages.

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In 2018, Council Member Tamaya Dennard's office organized the first Girls in Government Day. It was a chance for young women, ages eight to 18, to visit City Hall, meet local elected women and learn about roles in government. Dennard says the event was so successful she had women over the age of 18 asking if they could participate. Now they can.

Five Cincinnati City Council members could soon be deposed in a lawsuit accusing them of holding secret meetings.  

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When Cincinnati City Council Member Tamaya Dennard got the idea for Girls In Government Day she imagined a program that inspired school-age girls to get involved in local leadership roles. After receiving more than 150 applications she realized the program could connect young people from all walks of life.

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Cincinnati Council Wednesday set in motion a plan for investigating complaints of misconduct against City Manager Harry Black.

It quickly became evident that Black was not pleased with the process. 

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Cincinnati's new City Council took office at mid-day Tuesday in a ceremony in the Music Hall ballroom that was at times moving and inspirational.

On Tuesday morning, at Music Hall, Cincinnati's re-elected mayor and the nine council members elected in November will take their oaths of office for four year terms.

Six of those council members will be incumbents returning for a final term on council before the term limits law kicks in. Three will be brand-new council members, two of which won as first-time candidates.

On the surface, it may not look as if much has changed.

"On the surface" is the operable phrase there.

Let’s look at the newcomers and the people whose seats they will be taking.

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