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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Andy Kropa / Invision/AP

Cincinnati’s rise in the film industry is well documented, but the latest movie to premiere after being shot here is unique: it’s actually set here, too. The Public, directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Alec Baldwin, Michael K. Williams, Christian Slater and other Hollywood stars, tells the story of a takeover of the downtown library by homeless men and women amid a brutal Midwestern cold front that puts local emergency shelters at full capacity. The sit-in leads to a long standoff involving a crisis negotiator, a district attorney and two librarians caught up in the middle of it all.

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Mary Altaffer / AP

Cincinnati City Council Member David Mann is revising his proposal to regulate short-term rentals. These sites, which include Airbnbs, are growing in number and popularity in neighborhoods including Over-the-Rhine. Neighbors have raised concerns about the lack of available housing as more homes are converted to Airbnb rentals and about the noise these units bring to the neighborhood. Advocates say they are great for the economy and neighborhood vitality.

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Pixabay

Last year Hamilton County’s hotline to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect, 241-KIDS (5437), received over 67,000 phone calls. Over 9,000 were direct reports of disclosures or concerns around abuse or neglect.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

More than 500 Reform rabbis from around the country are in Cincinnati this week for the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ (CCAR) annual convention. The organization, which had its beginnings in Cincinnati, is celebrating its 130th year, as well as the 200th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise.

Dan Prevost

A developer could build dozens of new homes on one 4.6-acre site on Linwood Avenue. That has neighbors worried about the impact on the hillside. Redstone MTC, LLC has submitted a draft application to the Cincinnati planning department to tear down six homes and replace them with cluster housing. According to the application, 18 attached homes and 12 detached homes could be built.

When the Archdiocese of Cincinnati presented a new employment contract for educators, it included a morality clause forbidding public support of the "homosexual lifestyle." The move sparked online petitions and protests from teachers and students. Amid the controversy, the Archdiocese updated the language of the contract, changing "public support" to "advocacy," but Archdiocese officials maintain that the changes were not in response to the backlash.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

The Kentucky General Assembly wraps-up its session this week. Governor Matt Bevin has already signed dozens of bills into law and issued two vetoes this legislative session.

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Courtesy NKU

Dr. Ashish Vaidya will be sworn in as Northern Kentucky University’s sixth president on Friday, March 29. He began his tenure as NKU's president on July 1, 2018, and selected a spring 2019 Investiture Ceremony to allow himself time to understand the campus culture and the region.

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Pixabay

It's officially spring, flowers are in bloom, lawns are just starting to turn a deeper shade of green and the weeds are beginning their mission to take over our yards. But there is still a chance we could experience hard frosts before the warm weather finally settles in.

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Nick Youngson / Picpedia.org

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.

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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.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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
John Kiesewetter / WVXU

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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Jim Nolan / WVXU

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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Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

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

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Courtesy Great Parks of Hamilton County

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.

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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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Public Domain Pictures

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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Adora Namigadde / WOSU

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
Provided

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.

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