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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The Northern Kentucky Convention Center turns 20 this year and a study will look at whether it needs to be bigger. Eric Summe with the Convention and Visitors Bureau says there's been the assumption an expansion is needed, but the study will say definitively. He says it will also look at how big of an expansion would be needed.

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Since April, a Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy has been working a unique beat. Caroline Kotlas is one of just a handful of environmental crimes investigators in the state, and is the only one locally. Her job is to find out who is polluting the area, and bring them to justice.

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Imagine this: You're outside a bar on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine. A friend's boyfriend has stepped outside to smoke. He finishes the cigarette, and maybe there isn't an ashtray or a bucket nearby, and so he tosses it into the street.

Or, try this scenario: You're at home with one of those "flushable" wipes. You're done with it, so, you flush it.

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There's a new ice cream trail in Ohio featuring Cincinnati's Aglamesis Brothers and Graeter's, and creations up north like a ten-scoop "Terminal Tower" in Cleveland and Lake Erie Cookie Island Monster with blue cake batter and cookie dough.

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Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has to submit a Phase Two plan for consent decree work by Saturday, but the two organizations that own and operate the utility are still negotiating over what to submit.

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With a deal in place to build a game-day stadium in Cincinnati's West End and plans to join Major League Soccer next year, FC Cincinnati is looking for a place to practice and groom future generations of players. Club President Jeff Berding says they've found it in Milford.

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FC Cincinnati will build a training facility in Milford, the club announced Tuesday. Pending local government approval, the team will construct a facility where the Expressway Park softball complex currently stands. 

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A new report backs up fears that Metro faces a significant deficit over the next 10 years. It also comes as the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) board continues to debate asking voters to approve a sales tax.

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Hamilton County commissioners have approved a sales tax increase to deal with next year's budget shortfall. The two-tenths-of-a-cent hike will take effect in October as Hamilton County faces a $28 million deficit in 2019.

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The federal judge overseeing the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) consent decree has again told Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders to work together. Judge Michael Barrett says if the two entities can't, he'll make decisions and they probably won't like them.

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Blue Ash is the latest Greater Cincinnati community to start a bike share program, which launches Wednesday afternoon with a ceremony at Summit Park.

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A federal judge will get an update on the future of the Metropolitan Sewer District Wednesday morning. Cincinnati and Hamilton County representatives will go before Judge Michael Barrett to discuss the process to replace a 1968 agreement that had the city operate the utility, anc the county made budget decisions.

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Hamilton County leaders are pleading with Amtrak to keep the local train station staffed. The rail carrier announced plans to close Cincinnati's ticket window because of declining walk-up sales. Hamilton County's Transportation Improvement District (TID) approved a resolution on Monday calling on Amtrak to reconsider.

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A former Cincinnati Public Schools board member is hoping to educate future board members. Elisa Hoffman says there are lots of groups focused on recruiting political candidates, but not many efforts to make people effective once they're in office. Hoffman's created a course she says will fill the gap.

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Five Cincinnati neighborhoods known as Uptown are planning on a lot of economic growth in the coming year -- and they're also looking at the housing needs that will come with that growth. Uptown consists of Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, Mount Auburn and University Heights. A group that promotes the area is looking at residential needs and possibilities, beginning with Avondale. 

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Hamilton County commissioners could vote in June on which company will build and operate a Banks concert venue. The Joint Banks Steering Committee recommended MEMI, the subsidiary of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in early May, but commissioners haven't voted on that or talked with the city.

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Periodical cicadas are coming out of the ground again this spring, but a Mount Saint Joesph University cicada expert isn't expecting a big show. Gene Kritsky says these particular insects are stragglers from Brood Ten, which is expected to return in 2021.

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An Indiana man who died in World War II will be laid to rest in Butler County on Memorial Day. Thomas Murphy died in the battle for Tarawa. He was buried on the Pacific Ocean island but the grave was lost until 2015.

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Todd Portune is back to work—sort of. The Hamilton County commission president has been hospitalized since his left leg was amputated April 16. Commissioners held a meeting at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday morning to accommodate him.

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Someone opened several fire hydrants around Millvale on Monday and the fire department doesn't want it happening again.

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A group of cyclists is trying to start a new Flying Pig tradition. Organizer Jason Barron says the night before last Sunday's marathon, seven people rode the entire 26.2 mile course.

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Hamilton County Public Health says Taylor Creek Youth Organization in Whitewater Township hosts baseball, softball and soccer games, and in the winter is home to a weekly turkey shoot.

Hamilton County commissioners are considering the recommendation for a concert venue at The Banks. The Joint Banks Steering Committee last week selected the bid by Music and Event Management Incorporated (MEMI) to build a facility. Commissioner Denise Driehaus says while MEMI has a good history running Riverbend and the Taft Theater, she worries the new venue will just attract more of the same acts.

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The Taste of Cincinnati is about food. And the food at this year's festival is about diversity, according to the Regional Chamber's Brendon Cull.

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An expected $28-million general fund budget deficit has Hamilton County commissioners looking for fixes. County Administrator Jeff Aluotto has explained the why, and one possible fix: a quarter-cent sales tax.

At Monday's staff meeting, Aluotto presented options for another revenue increase  - fee increases for cities and townships - and for spending cuts.

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When the Cincinnati Children's Museum reopens next week, Union Terminal visitors are going to see a lot of changes, starting with the familiar orange wall at the bottom of the first escalator. It's not there anymore.

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There's a new manatee at the Cincinnati Zoo's Manatee Springs. Daphne arrived last night from Florida. Zoo Director Thane Maynard says she's only 1 and weighs about 250 pounds.

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Updated Tuesday, 3:09 p.m.

FC Cincinnati released a statement to clarify the map published on Monday:

"The attached conceptual site diagram is a draft, potential FCC MLS stadium orientation that has been used for planning and discussion purposes with local officials only.  This diagram is part of a fit study to demonstrate how the stadium could orient on the West End site.  There are other possible orientations, configurations, seating capacities and other design specifications that will be evaluated in a full design process, beginning with the formal hiring of architects, which would commence if an MLS team is awarded."

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The physical impact of a soccer stadium on the West End is a little more clear, as Cincinnati waits to hear if the facility will come to fruition. Hamilton County Commissioners were updated on the state of FC Cincinnati's plans to build a stadium, Monday morning.

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Cincinnati council accepted the resignation of Harry Black after weeks of attempted dismissals. The city manager’s resignation came Saturday morning as council and the mayor started another effort to fire him.

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A Hamilton County road that's been closed for more than a year should have construction begin in a few months. Flood waters from a nearby creek washed out Van Blaricum Road between Cleves Warsaw and South Road, after an Easter Sunday storm in 2017.

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