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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Local News
2:32 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Council committee approves new fire contract

Credit WVXU

A Council committee has approved the first pay raise since 2009 for Cincinnati Firefighters. 

Union president Matt Alter says it doesn't have everything they wanted, but does include a pay raise.

Alter says members voted by a 5-to-1 margin in favor of the new deal.  He says Local 48, the firefighters union, was also the bargaining unit for the assistant chiefs, who voted three to one in favor.

The contract provides a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment.  Alter says that's the first raise firefighters have received since 2009.

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Local News
1:55 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Online petition targets landmark sign

Motor Time Auto Sales sign in Carthage
Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU

There is an online petition drive devoted to making a used car dealership in Carthage replace its signage seen by some as offensive to Native Americans. 

The Motor Time Auto Sales sign at Vine and 75th Streets may originate from when it was a Pontiac dealership, and portrays a Native American, grinning and waving at passersby. 

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News
12:50 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Hamilton County issues and Commission Race

Hamilton County seal
Credit Provided / Hamilton County

The makeup of the Hamilton County Commission won't change after Tuesday’s elections.  When County Commission President Chris Monzel voted to separate Music Hall from the “Save Our Icons” proposal, some voters were incensed, and took a renewed interest in his re-election campaign.  His official Democratic challenger was Sean Patrick Feeney, a relative unknown to local politics.  Feeney refused to step aside for a more well-known name: former Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell.  Tarbell mounted his own write-in campaign.  But in the end, it didn't matter.  Tarbell pulled in only about 3.5% of the vote, w

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Business
2:09 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Davis Furniture Building: Demolish or save?

The Davis Furniture Building
Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The 157 year old Davis Furniture building at Central Parkway and Main Street, has been vacant for ten years, and since that time, it's been deteriorating.  Scott Stough of the Stough Group says it's an eyesore that his company would like to get rid of.  They've been renovating buildings across the street, and he says the Davis building is depreciating the value.  The Stough Group purchased the four story structure last year and looked into fixing it, but he says it was too costly.  Stough says they looked for historic tax credits along with credits to turn the building residential, or a com

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Environment
2:33 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Turning a parking lot into an oasis

Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Generally speaking, parking lots don't absorb a lot of rainfall.  Instead, the water is either directed into a retention pond or into the nearest gutter and eventually goes into the local water treatment system.  The influx of water, even from light rain, puts extra stress on the already taxed infrastructure.

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