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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Some call them eyesores; some consider them art; but most people probably don't notice the old advertising signs fading away on the sides of buildings. 

Before we go further, I need to let you know that I like ghost signs.  A lot.  In fact, I have a photo blog devoted to them.  But, I'm not the only fan.  Maya Drozdz of Over-the-Rhine is also a ghost sign enthusiast.

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  With the holiday season out of the way, contractors are again laying track for the Cincinnati streetcar. 

And this weekend, they will close a major Downtown intersection.  6th Street will be closed at Walnut, starting at 6 p.m. Friday.  And it will stay closed until about 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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The FBI says it's arrested a man from a Cincinnati suburb, and charged him with planning an attack on the US Capitol building.  

Twenty-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell of Green Township is charged with attempting to kill US government officers, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.

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The Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati has a new name.  Prevention First isn't as much of a mouthful, according to executive director Mary Haag.

“And that’s part of the point.  We felt like people didn’t truly understand who we are and what we do,” she said.

“We are still the go-to experts for substance abuse prevention," said Haag.  "But to be clear, some people would sometimes be confused.  Is it treatment, recovery support?  All of the other components that make up that issue.”

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After Monday night's Ohio State University victory over the University of Oregon in the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship, Oregon's U.S. Senators made good on a bet with their colleagues from Ohio.  Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown from Ohio met with Oregon's Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley on the steps of the Capitol building and spelled out O-H-I-O.  

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Chris Monzel has taken the oath of office for his second term as a Hamilton County Commissioner.  With his wife and three children beside him, Monzel repeated the oath, as read by his mother.

And his fellow Republican, Greg Hartmann was elected to be the new president of the three-member commission for the next two years. 

Monzel said when he was first elected to the board in 2010, he said county government could not be operated “business as usual”.

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There could be four U.S. Senators doing some  odd gyrations on the steps of the Capitol by Tuesday morning. 

All because of a football game Monday night - the national championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks.

There's interest on Capitol Hill in the Monday night game.  Ohio Senator Rob Portman says he'll be watching the game.

Portman, a Republican, and the Democratic senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, have a wager with their colleagues from Oregon.

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Macy’s plans to lay off thousands of retail workers in response to changing shopping habits in stores and online.  The Cincinnati-based retailer has announced it will close 14 department stores in nine different states, but will open two new locations in the continental US and one in Puerto Rico, and will open two new Bloomingdale’s stores by late 2017.

In a press release late Thursday afternoon, Macy’s says its overall workforce of about 175,000 will stay nearly the same as it picks up staffing in other parts of the company.

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 A delegation from the Freedom Center met recently with activists in Greece, Lithuania and Romania, to talk about human trafficking.

Brooke Hathaway of the Freedom Center, who was among the three-member delegation, says they went to Eastern Europe to meet and thank the people who've been instrumental in combating human trafficking in those nations.  She says they wanted to learn from those people and to raise awareness of the problem back in the United States.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has released a list of the most popular books in 2014.  They are the titles that were checked out most often between January and November of this year.  (December’s numbers weren’t available.)

Top 10  Adult Book Titles:

1.       Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich

2.       Invisible by James Patterson 

3.       The Target by David Baldacci

4.       Unlucky 13 by James Patterson 

5.       The Collector by Nora Roberts 

6.       A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith 

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