Michael Monks

Host of Cincinnati Edition

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the 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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A Northern Kentucky school district may be closer to closing its doors. The Silver Grove Board of Education held a special working meeting Wednesday night where it discussed terms for a potential merger with the Campbell County School District.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Though FC Cincinnati held a ceremonial ground breaking in December for its new soccer stadium, several issues involved in the project are still left unresolved.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky may be the most powerful politician in America. McConnell began his first term in the Senate in 1985, and has served as majority whip and minority leader.

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Courtesy of the Office of Sherrod Brown

Last November, Sherrod Brown of Ohio was elected to his third term in the U.S. Senate. The Democrat served as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district from 1993 to 2007. Brown started his political career as an Ohio state representative in 1974.


Ohio now has five medical marijuana dispensaries open and more on the way. The Botanist, operated by Greenleaf Apothecaries LLC, just opened its second store in Wickliffe near Cleveland. At four other dispensaries that opened in January, sales have topped $500,000 in the first two-and-a-half weeks.

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Courtesy of LaSoupe

In 2014, after 25 years as a restaurateur and caterer, Suzy DeYoung started La Soupe with the mission of rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste and using it to create and provide delicious, nutritious meals to those in need.

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Courtesy Cincinnati Auto Expo

The age of self-driving cars hasn't arrived quite yet, but autonomous vehicles are no longer the science-fiction fantasies of just a decade ago. And many new cars, SUVs and trucks today are already equipped with cameras, proximity sensors, auto-braking systems and other sophisticated monitoring and safety features that help counter the main cause of of traffic accidents – human error.

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According to a report released last year by ADP and Moody's Analytics, the greatest challenge U.S. businesses will face in the coming years is finding qualified workers. Industries from healthcare to information technology to transportation are already feeling the effects of a workforce shortage.

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The relationship between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is one of friendship, collaboration and sometimes, complicated rivalry. Soon, that rivalry could include dueling Ferris wheel attractions on both sides of the Ohio River.

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Courtesy of Kenton Co. Jail

The woman accused of stealing nearly $4 million from the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau (Meet NKY) pleaded not guilty on Monday morning.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The former site of the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell will be developed, possibly as soon as this summer.