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Streetcar Free For Now, Ky. Derby Missing Fans And More Top Stories This Week

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Jim Nolan

This week on Cincinnati Edition's Friday news review:

It was another dramatic week at Cincinnati City Hall as yet another battle over the streetcar system emerged. First council approved the idea of making it free to ride, which the mayor vetoed, and then council overrode that veto. WCPO reporter Pat LaFleur joins us with a blow-by-blow breakdown, and what could happen next.

After eight years in broadcasting, WCPO reporter Whitney Miller only recently started wearing her hair in braids on the air. She is with us to explain why that is a big deal for Black broadcast journalists.

The Kentucky Derby is usually run the first Saturday in May, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced a delay to this weekend, making it the second leg in the Triple Crown. Not only is the Run for the Roses missing fans, so are the businesses that usually swim in the influx of cash. Kentucky Public Radio reporter Ryland Barton tells us about the impact in Louisville of a spectator-free Derby Day.

If you've ever wondered where the local road names Reed Hartman and Fields-Ertel came from, WVXU host and reporter Bill Rinehart did some digging, and he shares what he found.

And the WVXU news team added a new voice this week. We introduce you to Cory Sharber.

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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.