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 Public Schools
9:42 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

CPS budget amount set, now comes balancing act

Superintendent Mary Ronan has to cut more than $10 million in the next four weeks to balance the district's budget.
Holly Yurchison WVXU News

Faced with an estimated $14.8 million dollar budget gap,  the Cincinnati school district is asking the public for ideas on reducing costs and raising revenue.  Superintendent Mary Ronan says the general fund budget for next school year totals $474 million.  Now the challenge is to balance the spending plan by the end of next month as required by law. 

Ronan says the shortfall is because of state funding.

"We believe we are now back up to what we were getting in 2007," she said.  "The last several years we saw significant cuts from the state."

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Taste of Cincinnati
3:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Yummy weekend helps Taste set attendance record

The 35th edition of Taste saw a 10 percent attendance increase thanks to beautiful weather, the Reds and new attractions.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

If you were at Taste of Cincinnati last weekend and thought it seemed busier than usual, you were right.  Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said the final estimate for the three-day event is in, and it's a record.

"We are projecting our numbers for the weekend to be right around 550,000," said Barry.  " We were expecting them to be right around a half-million at 500,000, but we're now very easily projecting, comfortably, a 10-percent increase from even where we thought we'd be for the weekend."

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Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
1:30 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Cincinnati Chamber CEO leaving

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber President and CEO Ellen van der Horst announced Tuesday that she will not renew her contract that ends early next year. The chamber will soon begin a search for her successor and van der Horst will stay on until her replacement is named.

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Taste of Cincinnati
4:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

35th annual Taste of Cincinnati starts Saturday

Tana Weingartner WVXU

Five blocks of Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati will turn into what's billed as the nation's longest running culinary arts festival this weekend.   The Taste of Cincinnati runs tomorrow through Memorial Day.  Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said there will be about 40 restaurants at the event, and 8 food trucks.

"That's actually a new addition with the Food Truck Alley," said Barry.  "Certainly the food trucks have taken off all over the country, including Cincinnati, so we wanted to incorporate them."

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Joe Morgan Statue
5:12 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Behind the scenes look at new Reds statue

Tom Tsuchiya is putting the final touches on his Joe Morgan statue this week.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

The Reds will be unveiling a new statue at Great American Ball Park later this year in honor of Hall-of-Fame Second Baseman Joe Morgan.  Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya  is putting the finishing touches on it this week at his studio. 

If you've been to the ballpark, you're already familiar with Tsuchiya's work.  He created the statues of Ted Kluszewski, Frank Robinson, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Johnny Bench.  He's also the artist for several statues at Xavier University, including the one of the Musketeer d'Artagnan, and the new Jesus statue at Solid Rock Church in Monroe. 

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