Mark Heyne

Cincinnati Edition Host

Mark Heyne hosts Cincinnati Edition Monday through Friday at 1:00 pm.

Heyne's journalism experience in Greater Cincinnati spans more than 20 years and includes positions with WLW, WHIO, WMOH and Traffic Watch/News Watch. He has received awards from the Ohio Associated Press, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, The Press Club of Ohio, and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

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Historians cite December 1, 1955 as the beginning of the modern civil rights movement. That was the day Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. But for many, the fight for civil rights was sparked by individual, personal incidents of intolerance, injustice or abuse.

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In 1979, James Baldwin planned his next book, "Remember This House," a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  But at the time of his death in 1987, he had completed only thirty pages of his manuscript.

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Republicans search for a new candidate to oppose Democratic incumbent senator Sherrod Brown after Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel withdraws his candidacy. The Ohio governor's race continues to shape up as more candidates pick running mates. Democrats may tap a local politician to run against Republican incumbent Steve Chabot in the house. And the Kentucky General Assembly is in session. 

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The Federal Bar Association created its national civics outreach program to help educate students about our court systems. Judges and attorneys visit classrooms and talk with students, and students have the opportunity to visit courthouses to observe proceedings and meet with lawyers and judges.

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The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which operates the Metro and Access bus systems, was able to put a 2018 budget in place. But SORTA officials are warning that without a new funding structure, future deficits could lead to more significant cuts to transit service as soon as next year.

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Archaeologist Carl William Blegen was on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati from 1927 to 1957. His discoveries at Troy in Turkey and the Palace of Nestor at Pylos in Greece remain two of the 20th century’s most important archaeological discoveries in Greek prehistory.

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A recent article in Marketwatch points out the high cost of financial illiteracy, $200 billion in the last 20 years as people made poor investment decisions, ran up credit card debt or made poor choices about borrowing money.

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Detecting signs of cancer with a breath test.  Robotic bats that could shape the future of unmanned aerial vehicles. These are a couple of examples of sensor research that's being conducted at the University of Cincinnati.

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Across the United States, government officials try to maintain accurate voter rolls by removing people who have died or moved away. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a case that examines whether some states, including Ohio, are aggressively purging voter rolls in a way that disenfranchises thousands of voters. The justices will decide how far states can go in purging their election databases.

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Acclaimed writer Kathy Y. Wilson opens her home to public view in a new exhibit at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The exhibit "Sanctuary: Kathy Y. Wilson Living in a Colored Museum" is curated by Emily Buddendeck and features Wilson's collection of artwork, memorabilia and racist objects. Wilson, an award-winning writer, is best known for her column, book and one-woman play "Your Negro Tour Guide."

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Political commentators often describe President Trump as either a populist or a nationalist. Many Americans were unfamiliar with the two terms until the presidential election, but populism and nationalism have a long history here and in other countries.

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With three new members, Cincinnati City Council is sworn in and gets to work, the region continues to suffer the effects of the opioid epidemic, Macy's announces the closing of its downtown store, the Ohio governor and senate races take shape and FC Cincinnati still waits to hear about its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise.

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On January 23, the Holocaust & Humanity Center will present Violins of Hope, a community performance featuring nine Holocaust era violins, played by some of Cincinnati's finest musicians.

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Technology has a profound effect on everything we do these days, from communications, to work, to school. It's no wonder technological disruption is on many people's minds as the pace of technology rapidly accelerates.

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Your holiday celebrations may have been merrier this season if you added a furry family member. But your gift may also bring some added grief. A new dog or puppy needs time to adjust to a new home, family and other pets. There can be accidents, aggression and plenty of anxiety to go around. It may be time to call in an expert.

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This week President Trump presented his National Security Strategy, calling Russia and China U.S. rivals and Iran and North Korea rogue states. A massive GOP tax overhaul unpopular with approximately 50 percent of Americans is headed into law. Congress addresses further accusations of sexual harassment as some senators backtrack on their earlier call for Al Franken to resign. And the Russian investigation moves forward. 

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While it can be difficult to think about taxes during the holidays, by following a few year-end tips you can prepare now to save on your taxes due in April. And the GOP tax plan could become law by Christmas, it's a good time to start thinking about how the new rules could affect you next year.

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Much of the reporting on the heroin crisis is focused on the tragic aspects of the epidemic, leaving people feeling helpless and hopeless without an end in sight. A local organization, the Urban Minority Alcohol & Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP), says getting out a message of help and hope is equally as important as telling the story of risk and loss.

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With the rising health challenges of obesity, diabetes and heart disease many patients find they need to adopt a whole new lifestyle to improve their health, and that includes diet. Physicians, however, receive little nutrition education in medical school and even less during residency, according to Dr. Josephine Elrod of Grandview Medical Center.

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Working In Neighborhoods (WIN) empowers people to make informed choices for themselves and their neighborhoods through community building, home ownership, and economic learning. WIN's Healthy Housing Initiative calls for building or modifying 50 net zero energy-efficient, low-to-moderate cost homes in Cincinnati.

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Many seniors and adults with a disability or illness come under the care of a guardian, who manages their assets. How can you be certain a guardian is acting in the best interest of your loved one when making decisions about finances and care? Approximately 10 percent of people over 65 are subject to elder abuse, and persons with disabilities are at a higher risk of abuse and neglect than the general population.

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Kentucky State Representative Dan Johnson apparently killed himself Wednesday night after facing sexual assault allegations. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley appoints a new Vice Mayor and Budget Chair. Cincinnati Police officers may have violated the department's Taser policy. And the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board votes to continue its operation and maintenance of the Cincinnati Bell Connector.

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If the last political story you heard on NPR got your blood boiling, the last article you read online made you feel hopeless and the last time you scrolled Facebook to cheer you up you saw a video that made you cry, it may be time to curb your media consumption.

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Last August you sent your daughter or son off to college, everyone excited, and a bit nervous, about this next life experience. So what do you do when your student comes home for winter break and announces she is not going back to school next semester?

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The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight and early tomorrow. With up to 120 meteors per hour shooting across the night sky, it's expected to be one of the best celestial shows of the year.

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Drones made most top ten tech wish lists last Christmas, but this year the hottest technology products are more down to earth. Video screens, headphones and earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, home control and monitoring systems and device charging stations make up most gift guides this year. Along with a whole new batch of tech-enhanced toys.

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The #MeToo movement is giving more people the courage to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Now a prominent local civil rights attorney is speaking out about confidential settlements. Attorney Al Gerhardstein has worked with many clients who settled sexual harassment cases, against powerful individuals, out of court. According to Gerhardstein these confidentiality agreements are "eroding the integrity of our judicial system."

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The Northern Kentucky neighborhood of Latonia was an independent city until 1909, when it was annexed by the city of Covington. Once known for horse racing, Latonia, like many communities in Greater Cincinnati, has seen its share of ups and downs during its 150 year history.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted teaming up as running mates shakes up the Republican primary in the governor's race. And there are now six candidates running in the Democratic primary. Ohio's medical marijuana program could be put on hold. Cincinnati Police investigate a complaint against the local FOP president. And local residents are not happy with the Trustees of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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Ohio is America's second largest puppy mill state according to the Humane Society of the United States. These large-scale breeding facilities are considered by the Humane Society to put profit above animal welfare, housing dogs in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions, and breeding females with little recovery time.

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