Michael Monks

'Cincinnati Edition' Host
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A chickenpox outbreak has swept a Northern Kentucky school. There are 32 cases of illness at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Assumption Academy in Walton. The Northern Kentucky Health Department now says unvaccinated students must stay home until 21 days after the onset of rash for the last ill student. In rare cases chickenpox can be deadly, especially for infants and pregnant women.

louder than a bomb
Courtesy of Elementz

The Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam, started in Chicago in 2001, was created to give young people a forum to speak out and to be heard. The poetry contest was brought to Cincinnati in 2015, enabling young people in our region to hear one another’s stories and share experiences through spoken word performances.

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As the Cincinnati Reds mark 150 years this season, the Findlay Market Parade celebrates its 100th anniversary. The parade starts this Thursday at noon, followed by the Reds opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ballpark. Game time is 4:10.

Marty Brennaman
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Cincinnati Reds radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman is starting his 46th, and last, year with the club. His voice has been the sound of summer for Cincinnati baseball fans since 1974.

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Rumors of a sex trafficking ring operating in Portsmouth, Ohio, have been widespread for decades. After a year-long investigation, The Cincinnati Enquirer releases a report on drug use and prostitution in the town of 20,000 on the Ohio River, about 100 miles east of Cincinnati.

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The release of new court documents in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe show just how extensive the investigation has been.

Buckeye Falls at Sharon Woods
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With 21 parks and preserves covering 17,666 acres, Great Parks of Hamilton County is the largest land holder in the county. Established in 1930, the park system completed its first-ever Comprehensive Master Plan this January. The plan will guide parks, facilities, programming and services over the next 10 years, through 2028.

covington city hall
Michael Monks / River City News

Northern Kentucky's largest city is in the midst of a noticeable renaissance. Downtown Covington is now home to dozens of new restaurants, small businesses, bars and residential projects. It's a far departure from the downward trend the city experienced starting in the 1970s when it was noted by the federal government as one of the nation’s most distressed.

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Since 1993, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Barrows Conservation Lecture Series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.

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The Avondale Development Corporation (ADC) is working with neighbors to identify strengths and challenges in the community and establish goals to move the neighborhood forward.

neighborhood playbook
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This Cincinnati-based firm is still in its infancy but already is having a major impact on local communities looking to answer difficult community planning questions and creating a healthier public realm.

the newcomers
Amazon

Helen Thorpe is a journalist and the author of three books, Just Like Us, Soldier Girls, and The Newcomers. Her narrative nonfiction documents the lives of immigrants, refugees and veterans of foreign conflicts.

march madness
Mark Humphrey / AP

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s field is set as of Sunday night, and the local area is well-represented by the Cincinnati Bearcats and Northern Kentucky Norse.

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The fallout from the texting case involving five Cincinnati City Council members continues with a heated council meeting, and the release of a recorded deathbed statement from Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman's late wife Pamela, chastising Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

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Amazon

The popularity of true crime stories seems to be at an all-time high. The first season of the NPR podcast Serial, which re-examined the murder of a Baltimore high school student, smashed download records in 2014. The Netflix documentary Making a Murderer had more than 19 million viewers in its first month. The comedy true crime podcast My Favorite Murder soared to popularity in 2018. The show is live in Cincinnati on March 16 and tickets are sold out.

paula poundstone
Courtesy Paula Poundstone

Public radio listeners know comedian Paula Poundstone from her many appearances on Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me!, which airs on WVXU and WMUB Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

tessa clark
Courtesy Tessa Clark

A local fashion designer makes her television debut when season 17 of Project Runway premieres March 14 at 8 p.m. on Bravo. Tessa Clark joins 15 other designers competing for a $250,000 prize on the reality TV fashion competition.

marie kondo
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Ever since Marie Kondo turned organizing into an art and then made her method available to everyone on Netflix, it seems decluttering has been all the rage.

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The Newport Southbank Bridge is better known locally as the Purple People Bridge. The landmark span that connects Newport to Cincinnati earned the colorful moniker after a new paint job in 2001, shortly after the City of Newport and Southbank Partners used $4 million in state funds to refurbish and repair it.

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Michael E. Keating / WVXU

Private development can mean economic opportunity, increased tax revenues and more jobs for local communities. But in many struggling Cincinnati neighborhoods, new developments by private firms have targeted new residents who can afford to pay higher housing costs. More expensive new housing can increase pricing for the entire neighborhood, which can force current lower income residents to be pushed out of the community.

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