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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Hamilton County leaders are looking for money to build a new Western Hills Viaduct. There's also been talk at the county commission about putting decks over Fort Washington Way and expanding the Duke Energy and Sharonville Convention centers.

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Despite being the second busiest library system in the nation, the number of people using the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County doesn't come close, per square foot, to the number of customers at other branches.

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While the world debates what to do about climate change, mice in Michigan are already taking action. Researchers from Miami University are watching the rodents as they adapt to a changing world.

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Hamilton County's leaders aren't counting on help from the state to build an opioid diversion center. Commissioners passed a motion directing the administration to look into building such a facility.

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Two forecasters from the National Weather Service's Wilmington office are helping fight wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

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Hamilton County Emergency Management wants to know if you're ready for a disaster.

Assistant Director Ryan McEwan says the agency is updating its hazard mitigation plan. Part of that regular five-year update includes a survey to find out if local disaster plans are adequate. He says the 25 questions for Hamilton County residents are online.

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The ongoing reconstruction of the Cincinnati Museum Center means the utilization of new space. Museum CEO Elizabeth Pierce says with more efficient utilities, the center has room to grow. She says that means new classrooms and expanded exhibits around the Public Landing.

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An annual report on homelessness in Hamilton County is turning up some surprises. 

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Leaders from Mount Saint Joseph University and Cincinnati State say an agreement between the two schools will make it easier for students to get a bachelor's degree.

Mt. St. Joe is now accepting Cincinnati State credits. Cincinnati State President Monica Posey says her school already partners with others including UC, NKU, and Miami.

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The maker of Narcan is making a research grant to Hamilton County that will provide nearly $2 million worth of the overdose antidote to combat the local heroin crisis.

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A company with facilities in Northern Kentucky says there's a hiring war. Radial has warehouse operations in Richwood and Hebron and plans to fill 4,100 positions.

But the retailer, which fills online orders for companies like PetSmart and Shoe Carnival, is having trouble finding enough employees. It competes with Amazon.

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There's good news coming for commuters who use the Brent Spence Bridge. All four lanes of northbound traffic will reopen early Friday morning, along with all the on and off ramps. Project spokeswoman Betty Hull says it comes after two months of bridge maintenance.

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Common sense says "Don't look directly at the sun." But eye doctors like Julie Metzger say even with a partial eclipse, it still bears repeating.

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The city of Cincinnati wants three major drug distributors to pay for the opioid epidemic.

The city is the latest to file suit against AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson Corporation. A federal lawsuit alleges the companies let an epidemic run unchecked. A release from the city says those three companies account for 80 percent of the market for prescription opioids.

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The nearly 50-year-old joint agreement to operate the Metropolitan Sewer District is a step closer to ending. Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County commission both voted Monday on a commitment letter that spells out how the district will be operated in the future.


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