Cory Sharber

Cory Sharber attended Murray State University majoring in journalism and political science and comes to Cincinnati Public Radio from NPR Member station WKMS.

While Cory was working for WKMS, he also was a beat writer for the Murray State News for the rifle and tennis teams.

When he’s not at Cincinnati Public Radio, he typically listens to music, plays guitar, video games, and is enjoying all that Cincinnati has to offer. Cory is inspired by reading all the newspapers lying around the house as a kid and watching NBC Nightly News for most of his youth, and was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. .

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused complete shifts in many of our daily schedules, including students across Cincinnati Public Schools. Many students transitioned to Cincinnati Digital Academy as a result, and now the district is looking to make the school a bigger part of its future.

Before Brood X makes its appearance, Dr. Gene Kritsky shares some of the history of cicada brood emergences in what we now know as the eastern United States.

What did indigenous peoples and colonizers think of the bugs? And you’ll even hear a bit about how they taste.

As we begin our 10-week journey of the 2021 Brood X emergence, Dr. Kritsky and Cory Sharber discuss the very basics of cicadas – what are they, what do they look like, are they dangerous, when will they show up, and how can you prepare for their appearance?

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Student protesters blocked the entrance to the Cincinnati Public Schools Education Center Monday, displaying a banner calling for the removal of school resource officers from the district.

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Two students from Monroe High School could face disciplinary action after posting a video depicting the death of George Floyd on social media.

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Paul Brown Stadium opens Sunday as a mass vaccination site for the region's second 'Get Out The Vax' weekend.

Roughly 5,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available. So far, at least 1,000 appointments have been booked. Vaccinations will be provided by the Cincinnati Health Department from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Brood X: The Trailer

Apr 20, 2021
Dr. Gene Kritsky

This will be the summer of Brood X, the emergence of the 17-year cicadas in trees throughout our area and many parts of the country.

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Citizens and community activists gathered in front of U.S. Senator Rob Portman's Cincinnati office Monday advocating for a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Apr. 14, 2021 meeting)

Nearly $50 million could go toward improving concurrent learning systems throughout Cincinnati Public Schools. This comes from a draft of the fiscal year 2022 budget that will be presented May 19.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says the recent pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine isn't "helpful," but it shouldn't hinder the state's vaccine rollout.

The governor was in Erlanger Wednesday to congratulate St. Elizabeth Healthcare for administering its 100,000th COVID-19 vaccine.

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Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman criticized President Joe Biden's proposed infrastructure plan during a conference call Tuesday, saying most proposals in the bill "barely" go toward infrastructure.

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Hamilton County's health commissioner says the pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocations won't hinder vaccine rollout in the region.

The CDC recommended pausing inoculations of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday out of an "abundance of caution" while an investigation is conducted into reports of apparently rare, potentially dangerous blood clots developing after some individuals received the vaccine.

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trials at Cincinnati Children's Hospital show similar vaccine efficacy in kids and adults. Children vaccinated during the trial have not become infected.

Late last month, the medical center began inoculating children ages 5 to 11 years old with the vaccine as part of a dose-finding trial. Currently, eight kids from 5 to 11 are being observed along with five children aged between 2 and 4.

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Cincinnati City Council could vote Wednesday on two eviction measure proposals submitted in the wake of Hamilton County Municipal Court's decision to lift the national eviction moratorium.

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The head of the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department is stepping down. Lynne Saddler, MD, is leaving her position effective Dec. 31.

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All Hamilton County employees will be returning to work in-person by June 1. County Administrator Jeff Aloutto sent out a memo to county employees Wednesday morning about the return date. Commissioner Denise Driehaus says this could be subject to change, but there will be exceptions to who can return.

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Over-the-Rhine looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago when some say disinvestment in the community helped further the civil unrest that happened there in 2001 after the deaths of multiple Black men by Cincinnati Police. Following those events, were the decisions to renovate blocks at a time the right ones? And what does the future hold for what is now billed as one of the coolest neighborhoods in North America?

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Community leaders launched a regional effort to vaccinate 80% of the population of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky by July 4.

"Get Out The Vax" weekends will take place during the second and fourth weekends in April and May. According to the Health Collaborative, there will be more than 20,000 appointments across the Cincinnati region spread out across 20 providers. Free Metro and TANK rides will be available for the Get Out the Vax weekends, as well as free Lyft rides.

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Cincinnati Public Schools will have classes in-person five days a week next year and will include options for remote learning. CPS' Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Monday that offers choices between five days of in-person and remote instruction, and includes the possibility of blended learning.

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Local leaders gathered on the steps of the Hamilton County Courthouse Friday to ask the Municipal Court to reconsider its decision to no longer honor the CDC moratorium on evictions.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Mar. 31, 2021 COVID-19 Briefing)

COVID-19 cases continue to "plateau" in Hamilton County as most of the area gears up for Reds Opening Day. Officials are requesting people attending Great American Ball Park on Thursday do so responsibly and keep their distance in the DORA district.

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At Cincinnati City Hall Tuesday, frontline workers urged citizens to "Vote No on Issue 3." The charter amendment on the May ballot would require the city to put $50 million in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund every year. City officials, including Mayor John Cranley, denounced the amendment, saying it would have "hellish" consequences for the community.

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Cincinnati plans to develop a sculpture park that celebrates the legacy of Cincinnati's African American trailblazers using money from the $290 million in stimulus funds it is receiving from the federal government. Funds may also go toward restoring the King Records building in Evanston.

However, City Council still has to approve these allocations.

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The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) at The Banks opens Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

The DORA is an 85-acre district from Paul Brown Stadium to Heritage Bank Center and to the south sidewalk of Second Street and the north sidewalk of Mehring Way.

Hamilton County (screenshot from Mar. 24, 2021 briefing.)

One in four Hamilton County residents have started receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. However, there's still a lot of viral activity.

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Crescent Springs is the 21st Kentucky city to pass a fairness ordinance. City Council unanimously passed the ordinance Monday night.

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State and local officials broke ground Friday on the Turfway Park revitalization project.

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On Thursday, the first doses of a mass COVID-19 vaccine pop-up site will be administered at the Cintas Center.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Mar. 15, 2021 meeting)

Cincinnati Public Schools enrollment has dropped 3.9% since Oct. 2019. Nearly 5,000 students withdrew from the district during the 2020-21 school year.

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The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education is facing a lawsuit for possible violations of the Open Meetings Act involving text messages between board members during and outside of public meetings.

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