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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Jose Luis Magana / AP

A Wilmington man has been charged in connection with the violent overrunning of the U.S. Capitol building last week. Forty-year-old Justin Stoll was arrested by the FBI and appeared in District Court in Cincinnati Friday.

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Updated: 5:26 p.m.

Ohio's next phase of COVID vaccination starts Jan. 18. Senior citizens in the general public will be eligible to get the shot. But "eligible" and "able" are two different things, according to Cincinnati Health Commissioner Melba Moore.

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Ohio hasn't seen a "dramatic surge" in new COVID-19 cases related to the holidays, according to the governor. But Mike DeWine says there has been an upswing. Hamilton County is now at "purple," the highest level on the state's color coded map tracking several different benchmarks. 

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Updated: Jan. 8, 2021, 12:18 p.m.

The last man missing from the December collapse of the former Killen power plant in Adams County has been found. 

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

A community organizer with United We Stand-Cincinnati says there won't be a Women's March this year. Billie Mays says COVID took care of any plans they might have had. She says organizers are very sensitive to the fact that many people who would participate are high risk, or are caring for vulnerable people.

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No fireworks and no large crowds on Fountain Square tonight to ring in the New Year. Instead, 3CDC will have a light show. Viewing it from the ice rink is by reservation only, and spokeswoman Emily Stowe says they're booked solid.

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Jolene Almendarez / WVXU

Update 12/30/20: Hamilton County commissioners unanimously approved the settlement terms Wednesday afternoon, with few comments. 

Hamilton County's sheriff-elect is dropping her federal discrimination suit against Hamilton County. Charmaine McGuffey was demoted from the head of the jail in 2017, under allegations she created a hostile work environment.

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A Northern Kentucky utility company suspended penalties and disconnections earlier this year because of the pandemic. That grace period is about to end. Sanitation District 1 spokesman Chris Cole says Governor Andy Beshear ordered the statewide suspension as customers faced COVID-related hardships.

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Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

Through the pandemic, Hoxworth has been accepting plasma donations from recovered COVID patients to help others. The procedure uses antibodies to help those who are still suffering from the disease.

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OKI Wanna Know is a chance for you to ask the questions you were always afraid to ask, or didn't know who to ask. In this episode, we return to the popular field of place names, and where they come from.

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The Brent Spence Bridge reopened Tuesday ahead of schedule. The I-71/75 span has been closed since November 11. A crash between two semis triggered a fire damaging about 100 feet of the bridge. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray says the repairs were done without cutting corners, and the bridge is safe.

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The first statue in Hamilton County of a specific woman will go up before the end of this year. That's the hope of the Women's City Club of Greater Cincinnati. Work to install the statue honoring the late Marian Spencer started this week at Smale Riverfront Park.

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Cincinnati city engineers on Thursday unveiled the recommended design for replacing the Western Hills Viaduct. The recommendation comes after two years of studying the costs, maintenance issues and aesthetics of six different bridge types.

Design consultant T.Y. Lin International of San Francisco has recommended a single deck replacement with eight travel lanes – four in each direction – and protected, multi-use path on the south side and a sidewalk on the north side.

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Attorney Steve Goodin will serve in place of suspended Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor. Pastor was suspended last week, after being indicted on federal bribery charges. Hamilton County Probate Judge Ralph Winkler named Goodin to the position Monday morning.

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed not only Thanksgiving traditions, but a number of post-holiday events as well.

Paul Sancya / AP

Most Ohioans will not be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA surveyed nearly 900 people and found 84% said they'd stay home. Spokeswoman Jenifer Moore says the pandemic isn't as big a factor as one might think.

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The pandemic has changed the way local organizations are distributing food for the holidays. The Freestore Foodbank used the Reds Youth Academy in Roselawn on Friday to hand out turkeys and other groceries. Tuesday, St. Vincent de Paul will help about 1,200 households with a similar distribution.

Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

Updated: 1:32 p.m.

A third Cincinnati City Council member this year has been arrested and accused of taking bribes in exchange for favorable votes on development projects. The FBI says Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested at his home Thursday morning after accepting $40,000 in bribes.

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Updated: Nov. 18, 2:31 p.m.

Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco says there's evidence a man who died after an exchange of gunfire with Elmwood Place Police died from a self-inflicted wound.

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Eric Clajus / WCPO

A Cincinnati resident is suing to remove Jeff Pastor from office. The city councilman was indicted earlier this month on 10 counts of extortion, wire fraud, money laundering and accepting bribes.

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Al Behrman / AP

The crash and fire that forced the closure of the Brent Spence Bridge last week did not damage the integrity of the span. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says the conclusion comes after several days of physical inspection and laboratory analysis.

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Ronny Salerno / WVXU

As the world awaits vote tabulation in four states, activists in Cincinnati say they don't want to see the election stolen. At a Defend the Vote rally in Piatt Park Wednesday night, some speakers say they think Donald Trump will try.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

There was a steady line of people outside the Kenton County Clerk's office Monday morning, the last day of early voting. Many people said they were voting the day before Election Day because it was just convenient for their schedule.

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A social media campaign in Montgomery County aims to build community pride and to lift up voices of underrepresented people. "Many People, Many Voices, One City," from the Dayton Human Relations Council, asks people to share their stories.

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The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has announced procession details for the funeral services for Deputy Adam McMillan.

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Our feature OKI Wanna Know is for when you have a nagging question, and you're not sure where to turn. This week, we look at a couple of communities at the intersection of I-75 and the Norwood Lateral.

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Local election boards say lots of people are casting their ballots early this year. Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen points out this is the first general election in Kentucky that's had early voting and it's been non-stop for his office since the doors opened Oct. 13.

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New Hamilton County COVID-19 cases are on average doubling every two weeks. At this rate, health care officials warn hospitals will be strained. They say simple protocols, like mask wearing, can avert that.

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Hamilton County hospital officials are worried about the rise in COVID-19 patients. The number of new cases is currently doubling every two weeks. Dr. Evaline Alessandrini with UC Health says right now, there are 250 people hospitalized in the region, the most ever.

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A coalition has developed a blueprint for improving the Ohio River and its tributaries. The Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) has identified six goals, including clean water, healthy ecosystems, transportation and commerce, education, flood risk management and recreation.