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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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Cincinnati's first African American firefighter died at his home in the Philippines earlier this year. Herbert Bane's passing didn't go unnoticed here.

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Ramsay Fulbright / WCPO

Updated: 3:29 p.m.

A Hamilton County judge has ordered a former juvenile court judge to jail, ending years of legal challenges that allowed her to remain free.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The entities that oversee Hamilton County's sewer fix have cut the Gordian Knot that is the fight between the county and Cincinnati. The regulators are imposing their own version of Phase 2A of the consent decree, as the county and city try to win approval for their competing plans.

The U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission have a $2 billion plan for the next stage of the storm sewer separation and renovation project. Hamilton County and Cincinnati went before a federal judge in 2018, each hoping to win approval of their Phase 2A visions.

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A pharmaceutical distributor that was incorporated in Montgomery County, two of its former executives and two pharmacists are charged in what federal prosecutors say was a multi-million dollar conspiracy. U.S. District Attorney Ben Glassman says all of the defendants are charged with a single count of violating the controlled substances act.

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John Minchillo / AP

If there was any question about which season we are in, the next few days should prove educational. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory and an excessive heat watch as temperatures and humidity climb.

A 23-year-old woman is recovering from a gunshot wound and under a psychiatric hold after a brief standoff with Cincinnati Police Tuesday. The woman called 911 from the 300 block of Crestline in East Price Hill and said she was feeling suicidal.

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A 93-year-old grandmother is not the typical hero for a World War II-based digital game. But Brukel isn't a typical game either. Players are shooting, but only with a camera.

Courtesy / American Queen Steamboat Company

Two paddlewheel boats from the Louisville area are coming to Cincinnati for the first riverboat race in the area in more than 13 years. The American Duchess and the American Queen face the Belle of Cincinnati at 3 p.m. Monday at the Purple People Bridge.

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Organizers of the Blink festival are revealing some Covington features. For the second event, the light and art show will expand across the river with 20 installations, along with other activities and performances.

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Hamilton County commissioners say they will not support a one cent sales tax increase to benefit mass transit. In a letter to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Wednesday afternoon, commissioners say they would get behind a smaller increase.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Contractors started work Tuesday morning on a project that's designed to re-open the Roebling Suspension Bridge. It's been closed since April, after sandstone pieces fell from the north tower onto the roadway and the east-side walkway.

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Josh Bazan, WCPO / Twitter

Updated: 11:10 p.m., Saturday

A Cincinnati Police officer shot a suspect who was "acting erratically and armed with a knife" at Bramble Park in Madisonville Thursday. Police Chief Eliot Isaac says the man who called 911 is the man who was ultimately contacted by police and wounded. The Hamilton County prosecutor says the officer acted heroically.

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Courtesy of Great Parks Of Hamilton County

Bald eagles are no strangers to the Tri-State. The bird's range covers all of North America and nests are not uncommon along area rivers. Twice this year, they've been spotted at Winton Woods.

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Kiichiro Sato / AP

Local governments are waiting on the effects from a delayed state budget. Ohio lawmakers passed a temporary budget over the weekend, because they couldn't agree on a new spending plan for 2020.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The SkyStar wheel at The Banks might not be around for much longer. The owners are in talks with Hamilton County to replace it with a larger wheel.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is removing a few orange barrels from the roadways ahead of the holiday weekend. ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning says it's an effort to reduce congestion.

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Kroger says it will support and encourage farming practices that protect pollinators, like bees. One environmental activist group says that's a good start, but they want more specifics.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A Metropolitan Sewer District investigation has determined why some Northside homes were flooded earlier this month. Interim Director Diana Christy says runoff from a heavy rain on June 15 and 16 escaped a couple of catch basins and flooded homes around Kirby and Virginia Avenues.

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If mosquitoes have emotions and foresight, they're probably happy with the current weather pattern. The abnormally high rainfall means good breeding conditions for the little bloodsuckers.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District has been investigating reports of backed up sewers after days of rain and some flash flooding. Northside was one of many neighborhoods that reported damage. Community Council President Mary Meinrich says several people whose homes were flooded spoke at a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.