Noon News: Tensing jury pool selected; early voting hours extended; Borges won't dump Trump

It’s been a rocky relationship, but Ohio GOP Chair Matt Borges is standing by his man. Borges has told media he’ll be voting Trump, despite being basically estranged from the real estate mogul and GOP presidential nominee’s campaign.

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Hello all. I’m running a bit behind today, so you’re getting a noon news update. Let’s get to it.

A collection of faith leaders, civil rights groups, racial justice activists and others convened for a rally and march Saturday ahead of the Ray Tensing trial. You can find our coverage of that protest, plus links to all the background you need before the trial, here. Former UCPD officer Tensing shot and killed unarmed black motorist Samuel DuBose in July 2015 in Mount Auburn. He’s facing murder and manslaughter charges in connection with DuBose’s death.

• Speaking of Tensing, a jury pool has been finalized for his trial. Some 234 potential jurors will go through jury selection starting tomorrow. About 1,000 summons were sent out to Hamilton County residents to serve as possible jurors in the case. Of those, 500 people have been excused from serving or have put off their obligation for a later date. Jury selection begins tomorrow to pick the 12 Hamilton County residents who will hear the case, as well as eight to 10 alternates.

• Need to vote early? The Hamilton County Board of Elections has expanded its hours so voters can get to the polls. You can go vote this week between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the BOE’s downtown location on Broadway. Next week, the polls will be open even later — until 7 p.m. The BOE will also be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

• Five luxury single-family homes are coming to land currently owned by the city in Over-the-Rhine. The Cincinnati Planning Commission last week approved the sale of city-owned parcels at 1512-1520 Republic Street to a group called Rhine Development Corp. According to documents filed by the commission, each parcel is worth $82,000 and will host a 3,000-square-foot, three-bedroom and three-and-a-half bathroom home.

• The number of families experiencing homelessness is rising across Hamilton County, social service providers say. Kevin Finn, CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness, says that families without homes are up eight percent from this period last year, and that the individuals in those families represent a 14 percent boost in the overall number of people experiencing homelessness in that time frame. That’s left providers like Bethany House strained to the limit — Executive Director Susan Schiller says the nonprofit is at capacity, serving 157 families who would otherwise be on the streets.

• Well, it’s been a rocky relationship, but Ohio GOP Chair Matt Borges is standing by his man. Borges has told media he’ll be voting Trump, despite being basically estranged from the real estate mogul and GOP presidential nominee’s campaign. Borges earlier this month expressed some reservations about Trump after a 2005 tape surfaced during which The Donald bragged about groping women. Borges didn’t unendorse Trump, but the latter’s campaign cut ties and publicly denounced Borges anyway. The two haven’t spoken since, but Borges says he’s still casting his ballot for Republican candidates, including Trump, because a victory by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is unthinkable.

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