Mark Heyne

Cincinnati Edition Host

Mark Heyne hosts Cincinnati Edition Monday through Friday at 1:00 pm.

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.

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During the last decade, cities across the country have gained a better understanding of the value their urban areas could offer and have implemented revitalization programs to create streetscapes, increase walkability and add greenspace.

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Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the U.S., with Kentucky ranked first in the nation for lung cancer death and Ohio and Indiana in the top 15. The good news is that lung cancer is highly treatable with early detection. Cure rates can be as high as 80 to 90 percent. With medical advances, even late stage lung cancer patients are experiencing better outcomes.

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Approximately three million people have signed-up for health insurance for 2018 through the Healthcare.gov marketplace since open enrollment began November 1. But many experts fear millions of people are not aware of this year's shortened open enrollment period and could miss the opportunity to buy insurance for next year. The last day to enroll for coverage is December 15.

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A 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed those aged 12 to 20 years drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States. And according to the National Institute of Health, young adults age 18 to 25 are the biggest abusers of prescription opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs.

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From Hollywood to Capitol Hill to the NPR newsroom high profile sexual harassment cases are prompting a national conversation about a pervasive problem. But researchers find low wage workers are more vulnerable to sexual harassment than those in high paid positions and they may have less recourse for reporting the mistreatment.

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Many scientists today agree that race is a social construct with no biological meaning. Yet we are asked, on everything from school applications to employment forms, to declare our race.

The recently-released documentary "Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories" explores how the practice of categorizing race began in America and what affect it continues to have, on both individuals and society.

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Soccer dominated local news this week. Or, more accurately, how to finance the game, as both Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County Commissioners approved funding measures totaling approximately $52 million towards a parking garage and other infrastructure for a new FC Cincinnati stadium. The team is one of four finalists vying for a Major League Soccer franchise, and will present their proposal to MLS next week.

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North Korea claims it successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, able to strike anywhere in the United States. Congress works to extend government funding before a December 8 deadline to avoid a shutdown as Republicans push their tax plan to passage. A fight over the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau goes to the courts. 

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With the Bourbon Trail’s main features being less than 90 minutes away, Northern Kentucky is taking steps to tap into Kentucky’s thriving bourbon industry. Northern Kentucky is now an official gateway to the Bourbon Trail. And the region is promoting it Bourbon Line, three distilleries and a collection of bourbon bars and restaurants.

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More than 40 million American adults up to age 69 have trouble hearing according to the National Institutes of Health NIH. Yet fewer than 30 percent have used a hearing device by age 70. Studies now show hearing loss as a risk factor for developing dementia, and it is found to contribute to feelings of isolation and depression.

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Though we have been experiencing amazingly nice weather lately, temperatures are expected to drop down to the 20s and 30s by late next week and winter may finally settle in. But that doesn't mean you have to stop gardening. There are several ways to extend the outdoor growing season, winter crops that do well in our region and a wide variety of plants you can grow indoors.

In his latest book, former Washington Post East Asia Bureau Chief Blaine Harden reveals the story of a rogue American spy who operated on the Korean Peninsula during the Korean War. Virtually unsupervised by the U.S. military, Air Force Major Donald Nichols planned and ran covert missions in a world of mass executions and torture for 11 years. And was then taken out of Korea in a straightjacket by American military authorities and forced to undergo months of electroshock in a military hospital, where Nichols said Air Force psychiatrists tried to “erase” his brain.

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By the time Franklin Roosevelt became president, his wife Eleanor had already put her disappointment in their marriage behind her and developed an independent life. She soon met a campaign reporter for the Associated Press, Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years the two women were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. 

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Richard Cordray says he will step down from his post as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, signaling a possible run for Ohio Governor. Hamilton County Commission rejects FC Cincinnati's stadium plan just weeks before Major League Soccer owners decide which new teams to allow into the league. And a recount shows activist investor Nelson Peltz won his proxy fight with Procter and Gamble.

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Attending college may seem like a privilege but after paying for tuition and textbooks, many students struggle to afford the basics, including food. The rising cost of higher-education and growing number of non-traditional students only adds to the financial strain, with more students than ever living on a shoestring budget. 

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In the process of solving a crime and prosecuting a suspect, artists can play a key role in the criminal justice system. Police sketch artists interpret what can be vague descriptions from traumatized witnesses or victims, to help flesh out an image of a perpetrator. During trials where cameras are banned, artists are the eyes inside the courtroom. In both cases, the work can be extremely challenging and the stakes can be high.

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Getting your affairs in order in case of death or disability is a project most of us would rather avoid. And there are lots of excuses for not doing it, from fear to lack of time and money. But the payoffs of letting your wishes be known can be huge, especially for family and friends.

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When a child suffers a head injury, it's not only frightening for parents, it can be challenging for doctors to diagnose whether the injury is a concussion. It is important for parents to know the symptoms, when to seek treatment and how much time a child will need to make a full recovery from a concussion.

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IDEALAB: Movement Makers is a day-long event where those who want to make a difference in their communities can learn how to harness their passion and translate their ideas into real, substantial positive change.

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Hamilton County is experiencing a spike in sexual assault calls and a rash of domestic violence incidents that resulted in three deaths in October. Seven individuals have lost their lives in Hamilton County this year due to domestic violence homicide.

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Jobs in the transportation and warehousing industry are expected to grow by 6.8 percent in Cincinnati by 2022 according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Employers often face a problem in finding enough qualified applicants to fill some of these more skilled positions.

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The Shift, a United Way of Greater Cincinnati initiative in partnership with Design Impact, is a three-month idea incubator and social innovation challenge to shift efforts to support creativity, collaboration and change in our community using a fast-paced, design-driven startup model.

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Since the allegations of sexual harassment against movie producer Harvey Weinstein became public, women, and men, have been speaking out about sexual abuse they have suffered, in the entertainment industry, corporate America, newsrooms, and in state capitals. Including Columbus and Frankfort. 

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Children's mental health tops the list of concerns in the new Cincinnati Parenting Survey conducted by Beech Acres. Forty-four percent of parents taking the survey said "understanding kids' mental health issues" was extremely or very concerning. The survey also showed what parents are doing to help, and the hard work that goes into parenting every day.

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There are no more tents on Clifton Avenue and the week-long campouts to enroll in Cincinnati Public Schools' magnet program are over. In 2015, CPS switched from a first-come, first-served approach, to the new lottery system for filling its magnet school programs. Parents may begin online applications November 13, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year.

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John Cranley won another term as Cincinnati 's mayor, defeating Council Member Yvette Simpson by a wide margin. All six Cincinnati City Council incumbents were re-elected Tuesday. They will be joined by two new Democrats and one new Republican on council. 

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Following the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military launched a secret program to recruit young, female college graduates to serve as code breakers in the war effort. In "CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II" journalist and author Liza Mundy reveals the revolutionary achievements and patriotic service of these remarkable women.

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This Friday, November 10, Northern Kentucky University will host the inaugural conference of the Ohio River Valley Addiction Research Consortium (ORVARC). The conference will focus on evidence-based research on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

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The year was 1908 and an Ohio doctor, appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as the nation's first Opium Commissioner, warned that Americans "have become the greatest drug fiends in the world." If the sentiment seems all too familiar in the grips of our current opioid epidemic, you'll find there are many similarities, and some shocking differences, between current times and a drug crisis that dates all the way back to the Civil War.

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