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.

Ways to Connect

cps board fc cincinnati
Bill Rinehart / WVXU

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. 

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

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."

Cincinnati Public Schools is considering changing the start of class times for high school students.  District spokeswoman Lauren Worley says there's no specific proposal yet.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Hamilton County may have enough flood damage to qualify for federal and state disaster aid. Emergency Management Director Nick Crossley says one building was destroyed, 59 had major damage, and more than 350 had minor damage.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The parade that precedes the first Cincinnati Reds game of 2018 will be different in two ways this year.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County commissioners are considering starting a customer assistance program for the Metropolitan Sewer District. It would help some people with their sewer bills.

cars in a parking lot
WVXU

Hamilton County commissioners are looking to change how the Metropolitan Sewer District charges customers. The idea is to include a charge based on how much rainwater and snow melt come off a property.

flooded streets in the East End, house in distance
Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Time is running out to report flood damage in Hamilton County. Ryan McEwan with Emergency Management said the agency wants reports in by Wednesday so they can turn them over to the state by Friday.

flooded fields seen through trees
Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The Ohio River is slowly falling back to pre-flood levels. As communities start to clean up, there are some calling for a fresh look at how human activity affects flooding.

Seal of Hamilton County
Provided / Hamilton County

Updated 5:10, Mar 1.

The Hamilton County prosecutor has 30 days to tell commissioners what they can and cannot do to address gun violence. Commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday asking for a report on ways to prevent access to firearms that can kill lots of people.

Board President Todd Portune said he also wants county government to encourage innovative ways to protect soft targets.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Updated 5:10 p.m.

Hamilton County disaster officials are still trying to get a handle on the scope of flood damage this week. The Ohio River was still above 59 feet, Monday afternoon, which puts it in moderate flood stage.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

There isn't a flood damage estimate for Hamilton County yet. Emergency Management Agency officials haven't been able to start counting the number of properties affected by high water, or the cost of repairing properties and infrastructure. The water is still too high.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Update from the National Weather Service 8:21 a.m. Feb. 25:

Latest forecast for the Ohio River at Cincinnati has a crest occurring this afternoon at approximately 60.6 ft. Current stage is nearing 60 ft. After the crest this afternoon, levels should begin going back down.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

When the Ohio River floods, water backs up into other rivers and streams including the Little Miami, Licking, and the Mill Creek. Cincinnati has infrastructure in place to prevent damage along one of the area's most developed waterways.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Updated at 12:52 p.m., Friday

Cincinnati Public School Board members say they are not close to making a decision after hearing more testimony in favor and against an FC Cincinnati stadium proposal. The club proposed building a new stadium for the district on land it would buy in the West End along Ezzard Charles. In exchange, the team would build its own soccer facility where Stargel Stadium currently stands.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Updated at 2:37 p.m.

The Ohio River continues to rise. The National Weather Service says as of midday Tuesday, it was at 55.2 feet and expected to rise to 55.5 feet before cresting in the evening.  Earlier forecasts put the crest at 56.1 feet coming early Wednesday morning.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The Ohio River is rising.  Scott Hickman with the National Weather Service blames heavy rain.

statue of Grant
Jay Hanselman / WVXU

Four men who were born in southwest Ohio went on to serve as President of the United States. They're remembered each Presidents' Day.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Hamilton County's sheriff has proposed reopening the Queensgate facility to alleviate jail overcrowding. Jim Neill says the Justice Center is currently housing about twice as many prisoners than it was designed for.

Public Defender Ray Faller is instead calling for bail reform for non-violent, non-sexual misdemeanor charges.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

A sales tax increase is on the table as Hamilton County leaders warn of a $20-30 million budget deficit for 2019. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto says it will be the worst deficit since the great recession.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

If FC Cincinnati gets a Major League Soccer expansion team, and if everything can be worked out with neighbors, the team could build its new home where Stargel Stadium currently sits in the West End. The team would, in exchange, build Cincinnati Public Schools a new stadium.

Kathy Newton / Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Hamilton County voters will have a levy request from the Cincinnati Zoo on the May ballot, but it's not what the zoo had hoped. County commissioners approved a renewal of the current levy. The zoo requested an increase.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati ranks 39 out of nearly 300 American cities for traffic congestion. The study from INRIX indicates Cincinnati drivers spent about 26 hours a year during peak travel times in gridlock. INRIX Chief Economist Graham Cookson says seven percent of all driving time locally was in congestion.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The 1968 agreement for the operation of the Metropolitan Sewer District may need to be extended. The replacement agreement hinges on a measure that hasn't been approved by Ohio lawmakers.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Anaiah Brooks is a sixth grader at John P. Parker school in Madisonville. She wants to be a baker when she grows up. She already knows chemistry is a big part of baking. And so Anaiah is big into science.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Updated at 5:42 p.m. 

Taft High School alumni and West End residents told Cincinnati Public School board members they are concerned about the possibility of a soccer stadium in the neighborhood. FC Cincinnati is looking for a location for a facility as part of its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise.

Sarah Ramsey

A ride-hailing company is looking to expand its presence in the area. Uber is launching a partnership with local transit boards to study ways to improve transportation options.


Cincinnati Public Schools are preparing to accept students from a failed electronic charter school. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) closed after the state of Ohio questioned its enrollment numbers and cut off funding.

Provided

The Banks Steering Committee meets Tuesday to talk about finding a developer for a concert venue.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Hamilton County's needle exchange program is fully operational. And officials are hoping it will do more than just allow people to trade dirty syringes for clean ones.

Pages