Michael Monks

Host of Cincinnati Edition

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the new host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.

He's the publisher/editor/chief reporter for Northern Kentucky's River City News website who spends his weeknights covering city government or school board meetings.

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The U.S. Navy is about to commission the latest vessel named after the City of Cincinnati. The USS Cincinnati (LCS-20) is an Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

BXQ-350 to the common eye looks like some sort of alphanumeric mystery, but in reality, it could become a life-saving tool in the fight against cancer.

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Michael Monks/The River City News

A hotel and mixed-use building along with a parking garage are coming to Newport's World Peace Bell site.

The parking lot adjacent to the local landmark surrounded by Monmouth, York, Fourth and Fifth streets is the last "missing tooth" in the revitalization of this section of Newport's downtown and will offer better connectivity from Newport on the Levee to the city's central business district.

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The Ohio Justice and Policy Center has made headlines advocating for the wrongfully convicted. But the legal team takes on many cases where its client's guilt is not in question.

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In an era of fake news, a whole industry has sprung up to police the internet. These news rating agencies, or as Slate coins them, the "Trust Industry," promise to employ their teams of experts and algorithms to weed out falsehoods disguised as news content. One of the latest is NewsGuard, a browser plugin that assigns ratings for many of the internet's most trafficked sites.

Provided/Tenth Acre Farm

Many home gardeners have discovered that with the right crops and planting methods they can grow a lot of produce in a small amount of space. Which is extremely helpful for homeowners with small yards. And especially good news for those who live in urban areas or apartments, where container gardening is a necessity.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Cincinnati City Council considers an ordinance that would mean someone within the city possessing 100 grams or less of marijuana could be cited for a misdemeanor, but would face no fines, no jail time and no court costs.

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Michael Monks / WVXU

It was a tale of three counties this week as Sanitation District 1 Executive Director Adam Chaney made the rounds at Northern Kentucky fiscal courts pushing for an allowance to change the base rate structure at the regional utility.

Cole Imperi
Courtesy of Cole Imperi

When do we start dying? For Cole Imperi there isn't one right answer, it's the kind of complex question she thinks about every day. Imperi is a duel-certified thanatologist and a death doula. Thanatology is the scientific study of death and dying.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

The bail system is meant to ensure an individual appears in court after he or she is charged with a crime and to promote public safety. But some research shows requiring cash bail keeps many individuals locked up simply because they can't afford to pay, and that it does not make society safer.

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Three-hundred and eighty million people watched eSports in 2018, according to a report from market analytics company Newzoo, which offered details about the $1 billion burgeoning industry. The activity is so popular now that dozens of colleges have launched varsity eSports teams, some with scholarship opportunities, and it is now a sanctioned sport recognized by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Kentucky holds its primary elections next Tuesday, May 21. Republicans and Democrats will choose their candidates for seven state executive offices: Governor; Lieutenant Governor; Attorney General; Secretary of State; Commissioner of Agriculture; Auditor; and, Treasurer. The general election takes place November 5.

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Courtesy of Verna Williams

The legal profession remains one of the least diverse fields according to University of Cincinnati College of Law Dean Verna Williams. And yet, Law.com finds the number of women and minorities stepping into top administrative positions at law colleges is on track to outpace the number of white men in those roles. Williams is one of them. She is the first African American and the second woman to lead the UC College of Law in its 180-year history.

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Michael Monks / WVXU

There are plenty of examples indicating an urban renaissance in the historic core of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. But, like their more urban peers, the region’s first ring suburbs also experienced a decline in quality of life in the latter part of the 20th century, and were also impacted greatly by the Great Recession.

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The income disparity between African Americans and whites in Cincinnati is vast. Only 18% of businesses are black-owned, according to the State of Black Cincinnati report – a jarring statistic for a city whose population is 43% black. In other areas, black Cincinnatians fall behind their white peers in education, employment and income. Now, through a number of initiatives, efforts are underway to increase access to early childhood education, job training and other support mechanisms in an attempt to level the playing field.

Some say, though, those efforts still aren't enough.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

A 1999 tax abatement agreement between the City of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Public Schools is set to expire. Now the city and CPS are at odds over renegotiating the deal.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Ohio’s Congressional map is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, after a panel of federal judges ruled it's unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor one political party over the other. The Ohio legislature considers an abortion bill more restrictive than the "Heartbeat Bill" Governor Mike DeWine signed just last month.

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Michael Monks / WVXU

The tight squeeze necessary to merge on to interstates 71 or 75 from 4th Street in Covington is expected to improve with a significant change to access the highway.

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Sometimes, events in the news can feel like a world away. However, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) finds itself under strain as an institution, there are impacts on both the local peacekeeping and business communities.

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While the number of people in Greater Cincinnati who ride bicycles for recreation or for their daily commute is growing, our region still lacks a safe, well-connected system of biking trails and dedicated on-road bike lanes. Though there has been progress over the last decade to make our area more bike-friendly.

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