Ohio Election Mayhem, Taylor Swift, and 11 Other Greater Cincinnati News Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Catch up on local transportation options changing, Cincinnati's most well-known gambler placing a big bet and more.

click to enlarge Ohio's 2022 elections and Taylor Swift have been at the forefront of Cincinnati news this week. - Photos: Terri Sewell, Wikimedia Commons; Glenn Francis, Wikimedia Commons
Photos: Terri Sewell, Wikimedia Commons; Glenn Francis, Wikimedia Commons
Ohio's 2022 elections and Taylor Swift have been at the forefront of Cincinnati news this week.

Wow, what a week. Cincinnati (and Ohio) is gearing up for midterm elections, the way we get around town is changing in several ways, a couple of local pro athletes are experiencing firsts (albeit for very, very different things) and the goddess of love and heartbreak is planning a Queen City tour stop. Catch up on the big headlines below.

Election 2022: Cincinnati's Guide to the Major Local and Ohio Races
Early voting in Ohio already is happening, but if you're waiting for election day, CityBeat has you covered. Our guide explains how – and where – to cast a ballot, walks through some of the big issues to consider, features interviews with voters in key regions and highlights candidates in some of the most important races in Greater Cincinnati as well as the Buckeye State – and in the candidates' own words, no less (well, the ones who actually answered our questions, anyway). Read CityBeat's guide to the 2022 election midterms and catch up on our previous political coverage.

A Q&A with Kentucky Democratic Senate Hopeful Charles Booker
Charles Booker has become one the brightest stars in Kentucky politics over the past few election cycles, but he's the underdog in the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Republican Rand Paul. A win for Booker — a progressive Democrat running in a statewide election against a candidate with deep pockets and sweeping name recognition — would be seismic politically, likely changing the way future political hopefuls campaign in the Commonwealth. Read CityBeat's interview with Booker.

Transportation Advocacy Group Opposes Switching Over-the-Rhine Corridor to Two-Way Traffic
Community advocates, business leaders and city leadership are at a crossroads when it comes to managing traffic on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. The potential for a portion of Main Street to be switched from a one-way street to a two-way street was discussed during Cincinnati City Council's public safety and governance committee meeting. The city's transportation department claims that two-way traffic would improve safety in the area, while others argue that turning the stretch into a pedestrian-only area would be better. Read CityBeat's story for what the data shows for both sides.

Cincinnati Residents Call Out Greyhound for Moving Bus Terminal to the Suburbs
On Nov. 2, Greyhound officially began operations at the new terminal location at 398 E. Galbraith Rd.. That's 13 miles north of the old Downtown bus terminal that was operating near Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati. Greyhound officials celebrate the move, but some local residents are calling out both the company and the city for isolating riders who need a more centrally-located station. Read CityBeat's story for more local reaction.

Driver's Education Could Return to Cincinnati Public Schools for First Time in 20 Years
The Cincinnati Police Department's citywide blitz between Oct. 10 and Oct. 21 was aimed at reducing crashes by targeting speeding and reckless driving, but data also showed something unexpected: a large number of young unlicensed drivers. Police said that many of them had been confused by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles' many COVID-19 extensions and expirations, but some just didn't know about licensing procedures at all. Now Cincinnati City Council member Mark Jeffreys is talking to Cincinnati Public Schools about reinstituting a driving course that's been gone for years. Read CityBeat's story about more takeaways from CPD's traffic blitz.

Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval Schedules 'State of the City' Address
How's Cincinnati doing? What's on tap for the city's future? And what is the current administration doing to push the Queen City forward? Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval will speak on all of that and more when he presents his first State of the City address this month. Read CityBeat's story for details about the State of the City address and how you can go.

Ohio Medical Board Investigating COVID-19 Conspiracy Doctor Who Was Supported by West Chester State Rep
A controversial Ohio doctor is being pulled back into the spotlight. The state medical board of Ohio has launched an investigation into Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a Cleveland-area doctor who famously and falsely testified to the Ohio House Health Committee in 2021 that COVID-19 vaccines magnetize their recipients and “interface” with 5G towers. Tenpenny was championed by none other than Jennifer Gross, a state representative in West Chester who had personally requested that Tenpenny testify in favor of Gross’ bill against vaccination mandates. Read CityBeat's story about the basis for the medical board's investigation and Gross' other anti-vax endeavors.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine 'Likes' Paul Pelosi Conspiracy Tweet but Claims It Was an Accident
Can you accidentally "like" a conspiracy tweet? Seems dubious, but that's what Ohio Supreme Court justice and Cincinnati resident Pat DeWine says happened. The statement was issued after DeWine clicked the heart on a tweet from a Republican state representative claiming that the kneecap attack on Paul Pelosi, husband to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, was "creepy" – but only because of the Pelosis, not because suspect David DePape used a hammer on Paul. Read CityBeat's story about DeWine's denial.

Massive Airplane Hangar, 250 Jobs Coming to CVG Airport in Northern Kentucky
F&E Aircraft Maintenance has broken ground on a 150,000-square-foot, three-bay hangar at CVG. The hangar, which will house Boeing 767 aircrafts, will also include 15,000 square feet of back shop space, 5,000 square feet of office space and 175,000 square feet of ramp access. The $40.2 million investment will bring hundreds of jobs to the region, officials say. Read CityBeat's story for more details about the massive project.

Northside Parents Weigh Cincinnati City Council's Proposal to Move Trick-or-Treat to Weekends
Tiny goblins and ghouls galore went door-to-door in neighborhoods across Cincinnati during what could be the city's final trick-or-treat scheduled for a weekday. Cincinnati City Council members are considering putting trick-or-treat on a permanent weekend schedule to protect children’s safety and make the holiday easier on working parents, but not all parents and guardians are convinced it's the right move. Read CityBeat's story about how families are talking about the legislation.

Cincinnati Hard Rock Sportsbook's First Legal Bet Goes to - Who Else? - Pete Rose
Locals may chuckle about former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose ringing in the new year at the upcoming Hard Rock Sportsbook, the Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati's betting facility. Rose will place the venue's first legal bet at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, Ohio's universal start date for legal online and in-person sports gaming. Perhaps the event is a wink to his history with gambling, as MLB and Cooperstown have shunned him  for gambling on baseball games, including while managing the Cincinnati Reds. Read CityBeat's story about the Sportsbook event and Rose's other problems.

Luciano Acosta, Brandon Vazquez Become First FC Cincinnati Players Ever Named to MLS Best Xi
The 2022 season may be over, but Cincinnati's pro soccer team keeps hitting big milestones. Major League Soccer announced its Best Xi selections Nov. 2, and FC Cincinnati's attacking midfielder Luciano Acosta and forward Brandon Vazquez made the cut. This marks the first time that FC Cincy players are on the list that celebrates the top 11 players in the MLS. Read CityBeat's story to learn how Acosta and Vazquez earned the honor and to see their reactions to the news.

Taylor Swift Is Coming to Cincinnati on Her 'The Eras' Tour
Time to freak out, Swifties! Our fearless leader will be here soon! Swift will play Paycor Stadium downtown on July 1 as part of her "The Eras" tour. The tour supports Swift's latest release, the highly anticipated Midnights. Read CityBeat's story about how to get tickets, who else will perform during the show and which Tay-Tay songs you should listen to in preparation.

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