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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Mask Complaints, Stranded International Students And More Top Stories This Week

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Jim Nolan

On today's show, we take a look at how the Cincinnati Police Department has responded to 101 recommendations. Enquirer reporter Max Londberg is with us.

A mask mandate may be lacking statewide in Ohio, but it is in effect for local counties showing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Enquirer reporter Scott Wartman joins us to talk about the complaints flooding local health departments.

Dozens of international students are stranded at Northern Kentucky University, unable to return home due to the COVID pandemic. WKRC-TV reporter James Pilcher talks about that.

And WVXU host and reporter Bill Rinehart explains his new feature, OKI Wanna Know, with a look at the first installment, an exploration of what makes Cincinnati's statute of William Howard Taft unique among the U.S. presidents so honored here.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.