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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A Clermont County fast food restaurant employee has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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Five local school districts in Butler County are asking voters to approve a levy to pay for extra security and mental health resources. The Butler County Educational Service Center (ESC) is putting the 1.5 mill, 10-year levy on the November ballot. The levy would add about $53 to every $100,000 of property value.

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A year after Hamilton County and Cincinnati leaders thought they'd settled the future of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), the deal isn't done. And it may need to be reopened.

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People concerned with Ohio River pollution have until midnight on Monday to weigh in on proposed standard changes.

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The Hamilton County Justice Center has several programs designed to help inmates with different issues. Several veterans are kept together because they can identify with each other's needs. Inmates who are about to be released are housed together as they receive counseling designed to prepare them to re-enter the world at large. The Justice Center also has a section devoted to inmates with addiction issues. That program is going to be expanded.

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There's a new fight brewing between Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The two governments have battled over control of the Metropolitan Sewer District for years, and the latest argument is from the other end: water.

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A week after a Hamilton County sales tax was withdrawn, commissioners are bracing for a budget based on deep cuts.

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Despite local shelters saying they have room, and a now county-wide order blocking tent cities, some homeless people are still living outdoors in Hamilton County. Advocates say that's because there are homeless people beyond the ones most visible on the streets, and there aren't enough beds to help everyone.

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Updated: 3:20 p.m.

Now, homeless camps are banned from all of Hamilton County by court order. 

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Hamilton County voters will have a new tax levy on the ballot this November. Two of the three commissioners approved a "bridge" to aid an existing children's services levy.

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Hamilton County voters won't get a chance this November to decide on whether they want to increase the sales tax next year. And they likely won't have to worry about paying two-tenths of a cent more during purchases in 2019 either. Commissioners rescinded the sales tax increase, under threat of a lawsuit.

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A law firm is threatening to sue over Hamilton County's embattled sales tax. A letter from attorney Robert Pitcairn, Jr. of Katz Teller says since the resolution was an emergency measure, Ohio Revised Code required a unanimous vote. The two Democrats on the board, Todd Portune and Denise Driehaus voted for the tax. Republican Chris Monzel voted against it.

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State fairs are a lot about tradition: there's the food, the music, the competitions and the rides. And at the Ohio State Fair, there's a tradition that honors other traditions. This year's butter cow sculpture is paying tribute to a movie with deep Ohio connections.

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Several SORTA members expressed disappointment the transit authority will not put a sales tax on the ballot this November. But they also agreed something has to be done to fix a looming deficit for Metro.

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Updated: July 25, 11:15 a.m.

The tale of what was inside the mysterious safe at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel came to an anti-climatic end Wednesday as staff discovered the only things inside were two boxes of old master key cards dated 2002.

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The SORTA board was to vote Wednesday morning to discuss whether to ask Hamilton County taxpayers for money. But the chair says they will not consider a sales tax measure to fund Metro operations.

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More than 500 ventriloquists from around the world are in Erlanger, Ky., this weekend for the 42nd Annual Vent Haven Ventriloquism Convention. Annie Roberts is on the Vent Haven Ventriloquism Museum board of directors and says this is a lot like any other convention, with networking and learning sessions.

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The Northern Kentucky Convention Center turns 20 this year and a study will look at whether it needs to be bigger. Eric Summe with the Convention and Visitors Bureau says there's been the assumption an expansion is needed, but the study will say definitively. He says it will also look at how big of an expansion would be needed.

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Since April, a Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy has been working a unique beat. Caroline Kotlas is one of just a handful of environmental crimes investigators in the state, and is the only one locally. Her job is to find out who is polluting the area, and bring them to justice.

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Imagine this: You're outside a bar on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. A friend's boyfriend has stepped outside to smoke. He finishes the cigarette, and maybe there isn't an ashtray or a bucket nearby, and so he tosses it into the street.

Or, try this scenario: You're at home with one of those "flushable" wipes. You're done with it, so, you flush it.

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