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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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Future Cities; Livable Futures

Adrian Parr
Future Cities; Livable Futures

Cincinnati was host to the recent

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Public Transit
1:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

State of Metro: running well

Michael Keating

When it comes to making use of available resources to deliver public transportation, the Cincinnati bus system is tops compared to 11 peer cities.  That's according to a study being released at today's State of Metro annual meeting.  The research by the UC Economics Center shows Metro is number 1 in operational efficiency--getting the most bang for its buck.

But Metro ranks more middle of the pack when it comes to the level of service provided.  (Number 7 to be exact.)

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Recycling
4:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

One Stop Drop recycling event is tomorrow

Emily Wendler WVXU News

You'll be able to recycle electronic waste and a lot more at an event Saturday sponsored by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Whole Foods Markets.

One Stop Drop is in honor of America Recycles Day.  Here's the list of acceptable items:

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Raise the Floor, Women in Manufacturing

Women training for skilled manufacturing jobs

  Women currently hold just 10 percent of manufacturing jobs in our region, but a recently launched program at Gateway Community and Technical College is designed to prepare women for stable, high-paying manufacturing careers.

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CAIR complaint
5:23 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

CAIR files federal complaint against DHL

CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, former DHL employees Najma Hassan and Shahira Abdullah, and CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington speak with reporters about their case.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

UPDATE:  DHL Global Mail  responded Friday to CAIR's allegations, saying they're unfounded.   The company denied any wrongdoing and said it would fully defend itself in any future action.  DHL also said it accommodates reasonable religious practices and provides equal opportunities to all employees.

HERE'S THE STORY FROM THURSDAY:

The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is filing a federal complaint on behalf of 24 former employees at the DHL Global Mail facility in Hebron, Kentucky.  The Muslim civil rights group says DHL fired the workers last month in a dispute over prayer breaks. 

CAIR's complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said the workers were exercising religious rights protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing and other terms and conditions of employment.  It also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of an employee , unless doing so would cause an undue hardship for the company.

"In this case, the DHL workers had been using their break time to perform their evening prayer," said  CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Booker Washington.  "The company reportedly decided to eliminate flexible break time, thereby preventing the men and women from practicing their faith.  When the workers asserted their rights, they were all fired."

The workers were fired October 9.

"They should think this over and they should know that religion is religion, there's no choice to it,"  said Shahira Abdullah, one of the 13 women and 11 men the company let go.  "Other people have to follow the rules, just like we're supposed to follow their rules."

DHL has not commented on the case.

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