Mark Heyne

Reporter and Host of Cincinnati Edition & All Things Considered

Mark Heyne's journalism experience in Greater Cincinnati spans more than 20 years and includes positions with WLW, WHIO, WMOH and Traffic Watch/News Watch. He has received awards from the Ohio Associated Press, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, The Press Club of Ohio, and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.

Heyne hosts Cincinnati Edition Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm and All Things Considered Monday through Friday.

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Environment
4:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Local agency starts monitoring air near expressways

This converted shipping container now serves as a near-road air monitor.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

If you're driving southbound 75 and happen to notice a shelter with a large antenna-like device sticking out the top near the 74 interchange, don't worry.  It's not spying on you or engaging in personal data mining.  It's among the first in a new national air monitoring program that starts this month.

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency started the new program to monitor for air pollution in near-road environments.  And you can't get much nearer than this site, which sits about 15 to 20 feet from the interstate. 

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New Year's holiday
10:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Care Cab Rides Again

MADD and AAA are again offering their Care Cab for New Year's revelers who have too much to drink and can't safely drive home.  The two organizations say with New Year's day consistently ranking as one of the  year's most dangerous holidays for impaired driving.  The program is an effort to prevent drunk driving fatalities.

Here's how it works:

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AAA holiday travel projection
12:43 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

AAA forecasts increase in year-end holiday travel

AAA is projecting that a record number of people will be taking a trip this holiday season.  Spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says 94.5 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home from December 21 through January 1.

"It's up 0.6 percent from last year," said Parker, Corporate Public Affairs Manager for AAA Allied Group in Cincinnati.  "It's the fifth consecutive year that we've seen an increase in the number of people traveling, so it's the highest travel we've recorded since AAA's been tracking the data."

Here's the breakdown for Ohio:

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Holiday trash collection
11:34 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

With a couple of holidays during the next two weeks, there might be some changes to your trash pickup schedule.

In Cincinnati, city employees  will observe Christmas Day and New Year's Day.  If your pickup day is on a  Monday or Tuesday, it won't be affected.  If it's on a different day, trash, recycling and yard waste collection for the remainder of both weeks will be delayed by one day.

Home sales
12:21 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Hot streak continues for local housing market

The housing market in the Cincinnati area has marked 29 consecutive months of increased sales, rising 5 percent last month.  The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors says home sales were up 21 percent from January through November.

For all of Ohio, the number of homes sold rose 1.6 percent in November.  That also represents 29 straight months of growth.

Slight drop in the Commonwealth

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