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Family farmers call for tougher CAFO regulations in Farm Bill; The Midwest and Northeast brace for record high temperature in heatwave; Financial-justice advocates criticize crypto regulation bill; Ohio advocates: New rules strengthen protections for sexual-assault victims.

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The RNC kicks off its election integrity effort, Democrats sound a warning bell about conservatives' Project 2025, and Republicans suggest funding cuts to jurisdictions with legal cases against Trump.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Empowering Cincinnati: Bloomberg grant fuels climate and equity initiatives

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024   

Cincinnati is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' $200 million Sustainable Cities initiative and will hire three new staff members to merge climate solutions with Black financial empowerment.

This initiative is part of Cincinnati's broader strategic plans, including the 2023 Green Cincinnati Plan for carbon neutrality by 2050 and the Financial Freedom Blueprint to combat poverty and racial inequity citywide.

Ollie Kroner, directory of Cincinnati's office of environment and sustainability, will prioritize green workforce development, minority-owned businesses support, energy poverty solutions and climate adaptation strategies. Kroner said it is all grant funded.

"Bloomberg philanthropy is making an investment in cities that are really trying to go big in both of these spaces," Kroner explained. "This will bring dollars and people to support the effort over the next three years."

The award aims to accelerate progress in 25 U.S. cities, including Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Akron, and Cleveland, leveraging federal funding to further boost economically thriving communities. Kroner noted the importance of five Ohio cities in the program, given the state's lack of a climate change plan.

Kroner argued investing in combating climate change now is critical and Ohio aims to bring different segments of the community together along the lines of equality.

"It's hard to see the long-term outcomes, but we're certainly trying to strike at this intersection of the climate crisis and racial and financial empowerment," Kroner emphasized.

More than $400 billion in federal funding is available to local governments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act for U.S. cities to invest in climate change solutions.


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