Bill Rinehart

Reporter, Host of All Things Considered

Rinehart has been a radio reporter since 1994 with positions in markets like Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio; and most recently as senior correspondent and anchor for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM.

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Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's second trial on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges for the death of Sam DuBose has ended the same way as his first, in a hung jury. Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz declared a mistrial Friday afternoon.

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Thousands of people celebrated the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned to Ohio. 

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The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will ask Hamilton County voters to approve a sales tax next year. SORTA board members approved the plan Tuesday night. It stipulates any funding would be only for Metro bus service and operations and not the streetcar.

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Work begins this Friday night on a project that's expected to cause major traffic problems. Maintenance on the Brent Spence Bridge will close two lanes in each direction over the next two months.

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Hamilton County's sheriff says the jail is dangerously overcrowded. Jim Neil says the jail is only authorized to hold 1,240 prisoners. Last weekend, the population climbed over 1,600.

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Members of several groups, including Black Lives Matter, want Ray Tensing convicted. The former UC police officer is on trial for the second time in the shooting death of unarmed motorist Sam DuBose. The first trial ended with a hung jury.

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Update 2:50 p.m. Cincinnati-Dayton Division President Tim Brown says the store will be twice the size of the Vine Street grocery it's replacing.

"Following the success of our two-story Corryville store… the grocery store will be located on the first floor. On the second floor we'll have a bar housed alongside our beer and wine selection, as well as the food hall featuring several local food venders and restaurant style seating."

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Summer reading programs have drawn kids to libraries for years. Since 2012, there's been another reason to visit the library: lunch.


There's an effort underway to prevent taxes to fund new stadiums in Hamilton County. Activist Jeff Capell and attorney Tim Mara have started a group called No More Stadium Taxes. They told county commissioners they don't want the owners of FC Cincinnati or U.S. Bank Arena to receive "corporate welfare" to build new facilities.

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Cincinnati's city engineer is ordering a developer to come up with a solution to sliding land in Mount Adams. Concrete blocks cascaded down the hillside between Oregon and Baum streets last week, crashing into the back of homes.

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A Dayton man has been indicted on one count of trying to support the Islamic State. Laith Waleed Alebbini is charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS.

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Ray Tensing's second trial starts later this month. The white former University of Cincinnati police officer is accused of killing unarmed black motorist Sam DuBose during a 2015 traffic stop. The first trial ended with a hung jury.

Ahead of the retrial, the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati is holding a series of forums to educate people about the criminal justice system.

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Hikers will soon be able to preview Hamilton County park trails online. Google is planning to photograph the trails much like it does with roads with the Street View function. 

Frank Hadley Collins

This could be a good year for some bugs and not so good for humans. Gene Kritsky is dean of Mount Saint Joe's behavioral and natural sciences department and says the lack of snow and consistently cold weather this winter will help some insects. He says that weather pattern, repeated over several years, will have a noticeable effect.

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A 26-year-old Dayton man is accused of planning to fly to Syria to join ISIS. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Laith Waleed Alebbini at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Wednesday afternoon.

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