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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Blink will have more than 40 light-based interactive installations and over 80 entertainers during the four-night multi-media cultural event. There were twice as many submissions for interactive installations for this year's Blink than there were in 2017.

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Kroger's new Downtown store opens Wednesday morning. The store at Court and Walnut features a supermarket on the first floor and a food court on the second.

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Updated: Monday, 1:12 p.m.

On Friday, a green-ish scum began forming in places along the banks of the Ohio River. At the time, the executive director of the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) wasn't concerned, but that changed this weekend. 

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Hamilton County's general fund will receive an unanticipated $681,000 deposit. Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval says his office and the prosecutor started working a year ago on a special project: to recoup money floating around the legal system.

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A 20-year-old man was in critical but stable condition Thursday afternoon, a day after he was shot by a police officer in Avondale. Cincinnati Police say the entire encounter was caught on video but will not be released until after it can be reviewed by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office.

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Cincinnati Police are investigating the third officer-involved shooting of 2019.


Updated 4:16

The parade that kicks off the Blink festival is moving. The Future City Spectacular parade will start at Eighth Street, and travel south on Vine Street to the Freedom Center on Oct. 10, the first night of the light and art show. The first parade, in 2017, was in Over-the-Rhine.

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A Cincinnati committee tasked with improving Downtown walkability wants to remake a block of Court Street. The Urban Pedestrian Task Force rejected the idea of closing Court Street to traffic earlier this year but does want to make some changes.

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Ted S. Warren / AP

Millions of Americans observe the anniversary of Sept. 11 by giving their time and energy to non-profit organizations. Carol Rountree says many cities around the country have organized volunteer events to coincide with the anniversary of Sept. 11. She says Cincinnati hasn't, until now.

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The debate over a music venue at The Banks has led to questions about how Cincinnati's charter is interpreted and the power of the mayor. Mayor John Cranley said earlier in the week he wouldn't refer legislation about a land swap meant to clear the way for construction until he had questions answered. Councilman David Mann wondered whether that was a form of pocket veto.

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Sept. 6 is never far from the minds of Fifth Third employees, according to company spokesman Gary Rhodes. That's the day a gunman walked into the lobby of the Fifth Third Bank tower at Fountain Square and started shooting. One year later, Rhodes says bank employees and Cincinnatians are remembering those who were killed or wounded, and the bravery of those who survived.

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John Minchillo / AP

Whitney Austin doesn't mind talking about when she was shot. She was hit 12 times while trapped in the revolving door to the lobby of the Fifth Third tower on Sept. 6, 2018. Three people were killed, and Austin was one of two injured before police shot and killed the gunman.

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John Cranley won't bring any legislation about The Banks music venue deal to a vote unless the full Cincinnati council tells him to. Mayor Cranley promised that at the end of a nearly three-hour long economic growth and zoning committee meeting Tuesday night in Price Hill. It's the latest twist in a long, complicated effort that involves The Banks, the Bengals, a Lower Price Hill park project, a building materials company, a barge terminal and Downtown parking.

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The mayor of Blue Ash has died while on vacation in France. Thomas Adamec died from complications from an auto-immune disease he'd been fighting for several years, according to a Blue Ash spokeswoman.

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The 2019 version of Blink will be nearly twice as big as the first event, with more projection mappings, and more murals. Organizers say they won't reveal the light-based installation artists and parade entries until September.

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Courtesy University of Cincinnati

The FBI is "intimidating or harassing" some Chinese citizens who work and teach at the University of Cincinnati. That's the claim by the executive director of the local American Association of University Professors chapter. Eric Palmer says at least three UC faculty members have been contacted by the FBI in the last year.

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Metro has 34 new buses in service. A press release from the transit authority says they started on routes last week, and all have amenities like USB charging ports, power outlets and wifi. They are low floor models, which means easier access for riders. They also have video screens providing a live feed from the on-board security camera. 

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Newport's planned SkyWheel will break ground next month. The 20-story, 30-gondola Ferris wheel was built in the Netherlands and is awaiting shipment, according to a release from the Newport city manager's office.

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A city-owned building near the Duke Energy Convention Center will be coming down soon. The Port approved bonds Thursday morning to tear down the structure at 435 Elm.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation's effort to improve traffic flow through the Eastern Corridor has identified 68 projects between Red Bank and the Beechmont Levy to I-275. Mandi Dillon with ODOT says a plan released Wednesday is just the next step.