Bill Rinehart

Reporter, Host of All Things Considered

Rinehart has been a radio reporter since 1994 with positions in markets like Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio; and most recently as senior correspondent and anchor for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM.

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Todd Portune is back to work—sort of. The Hamilton County commission president has been hospitalized since his left leg was amputated April 16. Commissioners held a meeting at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday morning to accommodate him.

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Someone opened several fire hydrants around Millvale on Monday and the fire department doesn't want it happening again.

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A group of cyclists is trying to start a new Flying Pig tradition. Organizer Jason Barron says the night before last Sunday's marathon, seven people rode the entire 26.2 mile course.

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Hamilton County Public Health says Taylor Creek Youth Organization in Whitewater Township hosts baseball, softball and soccer games, and in the winter is home to a weekly turkey shoot.

Hamilton County commissioners are considering the recommendation for a concert venue at The Banks. The Joint Banks Steering Committee last week selected the bid by Music and Event Management Incorporated (MEMI) to build a facility. Commissioner Denise Driehaus says while MEMI has a good history running Riverbend and the Taft Theater, she worries the new venue will just attract more of the same acts.

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The Taste of Cincinnati is about food. And the food at this year's festival is about diversity, according to the Regional Chamber's Brendon Cull.

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An expected $28-million general fund budget deficit has Hamilton County commissioners looking for fixes. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto has explained the why, and one possible fix: a quarter-cent sales tax.

At Monday's staff meeting, Aluotto presented options for another revenue increase  - fee increases for cities and townships - and for spending cuts.

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When the Cincinnati Children's Museum reopens next week, Union Terminal visitors are going to see a lot of changes, starting with the familiar orange wall at the bottom of the first escalator. It's not there anymore.

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There's a new manatee at the Cincinnati Zoo's Manatee Springs. Daphne arrived last night from Florida. Zoo Director Thane Maynard says she's only 1 and weighs about 250 pounds.

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Updated Tuesday, 3:09 p.m.

FC Cincinnati released a statement to clarify the map published on Monday:

"The attached conceptual site diagram is a draft, potential FCC MLS stadium orientation that has been used for planning and discussion purposes with local officials only.  This diagram is part of a fit study to demonstrate how the stadium could orient on the West End site.  There are other possible orientations, configurations, seating capacities and other design specifications that will be evaluated in a full design process, beginning with the formal hiring of architects, which would commence if an MLS team is awarded."

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The physical impact of a soccer stadium on the West End is a little more clear, as Cincinnati waits to hear if the facility will come to fruition. Hamilton County Commissioners were updated on the state of FC Cincinnati's plans to build a stadium, Monday morning.

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Cincinnati council accepted the resignation of Harry Black after weeks of attempted dismissals. The city manager’s resignation came Saturday morning as council and the mayor started another effort to fire him.

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A Hamilton County road that's been closed for more than a year should have construction begin in a few months. Flood waters from a nearby creek washed out Van Blaricum Road between Cleves Warsaw and South Road, after an Easter Sunday storm in 2017.

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It's too early to tell if Hamilton County's needle exchange program may be making a difference in local HIV infections. The number of new cases in the first quarter of this year is less than the same period last year. But more of the cases come from intravenous drug use (IDU).

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Angie Jolevski brought some of her Rapid Run Middle School students downtown Friday with plans to visit the Banks and Findlay Market. As Jolevski got on board the streetcar to make the trip north, she found herself surrounded with balloons, confetti, music and mascots, and Metro recognizing her as the streetcar's one millionth rider.

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Northern Kentucky University students and faculty are calling on the governor and the legislature to restore higher education funding.

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Opponents of a professional soccer stadium in the West End say they're not giving up the fight. Many gathered outside Taft I.T. High School Wednesday night to reiterate their stance, a day after the project took a step closer to reality.

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Carolyn Jones calls Tuesday night's vote "bittersweet."  The president of the Cincinnati Public School board says they feel like they made the right decision in accepting a deal that will build a soccer-specific stadium in the West End. Jones says board members are also aware of the opposition to the deal.

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Updated: 2:40 p.m.

A tentative deal is in place for FC Cincinnati to build a soccer-specific stadium in the West End, likely bringing the team one step closer to a Major League Soccer franchise, if approved.

Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld announced his support of an FC Cincinnati stadium in the West End, unlocking a key vote for the embattled stadium to move forward in the neighborhood. 

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Some Metro riders will have free Wi-Fi starting next week. Spokeswoman Brandy Jones says a pilot project starting April 9 will put Wi-Fi on 59 buses and five Access vehicles.

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Updated 12:10 p.m.

The light and art show that replaced Lumenocity and attracted an estimated 1 million people to Downtown and Over-the-Rhine will be back, but not until next year. The Cincinnati Regional Chamber says Blink will return in October 2019 with large-scale projection mapping, murals, light sculptures and other entertainment.

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Hamilton County's administrator is proposing a new sales tax to pay for operations. Jeff Aluotto says without new revenue, Hamilton County faces a $28 million deficit for 2019.

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"I, for one, am glad it's snowing," Elena Villalon told a cheering crowd in front of Cincinnati's City Hall Saturday morning. The University of Cincinnati junior continued, "Because I see a lot of snowflakes, and together we make up a snow storm."

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A spring snowstorm is expected to hit the region this weekend. A forecaster at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington says no matter how much snow falls, it won't stick around long.

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Cincinnati Public School board members have approved a resolution calling on the state and federal governments to prioritize school safety. The measure comes after several high-profile school shootings this year.

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Updated 4:25 p.m.

Cincinnati Public School board members voted Wednesday to approve a stadium deal with FC Cincinnati in the West End. The vote comes despite the team saying last week it is no longer interested. A team spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon that statement was still good.

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The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is dedicating a pod for veterans at the Justice Center in memory of the woman who pushed for it. Sister Kateri Koverman died last October.

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A quick response team will soon be operating across Hamilton County. The Heroin Coalition's Tom Fallon says the teams will contact people who've overdosed and try to get them into treatment.

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Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) board members will vote on a proposal to swap a stadium for land to build a new one. The plan would allow FC Cincinnati to build a new soccer facility where Stargel Stadium currently stands in the West End. The team would then build a new stadium for the school district on land along nearby Ezzard Charles Drive.

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Updated: 6:33 p.m.

FC Cincinnati doubled its offer to Cincinnati Public Schools in a proposed land swap to build a new soccer stadium, but the deal may just have fallen through. 

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Cincinnati Public Schools has rejected a soccer stadium offer from FC Cincinnati. In a letter Monday evening after a school board meeting, the district's attorney, Daniel Hoying, said the club's proposal doesn't meet the board of education's "legitimate expectations for an agreement."

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