Bill Rinehart

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.

The hot, dry weather that dominated the region in late September and early October shouldn't have much of an effect on this year's Christmas tree crop. It could mean fewer trees in the future, though.

Updated: Monday, 1:12 p.m.

On Friday, a green-ish scum began forming in places along the banks of the Ohio River. At the time, the executive director of the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) wasn't concerned, but that changed this weekend. 

A pharmaceutical distributor that was incorporated in Montgomery County, two of its former executives and two pharmacists are charged in what federal prosecutors say was a multi-million dollar conspiracy. U.S. District Attorney Ben Glassman says all of the defendants are charged with a single count of violating the controlled substances act.

States in the Ohio River basin will be able to choose whether or not to follow pollution control standards set by the Ohio River Water Sanitation Commission. ORSANCO's board of directors approved the change at a meeting in Covington Thursday morning.

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION / STATE OF OHIO

Businesses in and around Dayton are still dealing with a lack of electricity and water after Monday night's tornadoes.

Rahn's Artisan Breads stopped operations Monday night when the lights went out. Owner Rahn Keucher says his ovens run on electricity, and he hasn't been able to find a generator.

Bug hunters and citizen scientists alike can now download a smartphone app to register cicada sightings. Cicada Safari from Mount Saint Joseph University will allow people to send pictures of cicadas, along with the time and location to Gene Kritsky. He's the dean of behavioral and natural sciences at Mount St. Joe and has been tracking cicadas for years.

Jewish congregations across the area and the country are inviting people to #ShowUpForShabbat. The effort is meant to show solidarity after the murder of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend.

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One of the most vocal supporters of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation campaigned in Cincinnati last night.

South Carolina Republica Sen. Lindsey Graham brought up the Capitol Hill fight to fire up Republicans ahead of next week's midterm elections.

Graham told the crowd Republican and Democratic senators alike used to judge nominees based on qualifications.

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WVXU

Vice President Mike Pence visited Cincinnati Tuesday to promote Trump administration policies.

The program at the Weston Hotel was officially about tax reforms, but Pence also plugged efforts to improve foreign trade, revamp immigration policies, and improve the economy.

"But the people of Ohio deserve to know, quite frankly, we've done it all in the face of unprecedented obstruction and opposition by liberals in Washington D.C," he told the crowd.

There's a new ice cream trail in Ohio featuring Cincinnati's Aglamesis Brothers and Graeter's, and creations up north like a ten-scoop "Terminal Tower" in Cleveland and Lake Erie Cookie Island Monster with blue cake batter and cookie dough.

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Ohio's attorney general filed suit in June against five pharmaceutical manufacturers over the state's opioid epidemic. Now, Clermont County in southwest Ohio has announced it's filing its own suit. But there is a difference between the two legal arguments.

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WXVU

With a coal barge, draped with a large American flag, as a backdrop, President Donald Trump laid out more of his plan to revitalize America's infrastructure in Cincinnati this afternoon.

On the banks of the Ohio River, Trump said the nation's roads, waterways, airports and rail systems are in disrepair.

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CINCINNATI PUBLIC SCHOOLS

A handful of parents and others were demonstrating outside the elementary school attended by an 8-year-old Ohio boy who killed himself days after he was knocked unconscious. Cincinnati Public School District released video of the encounter Friday afternoon.

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President-elect Donald Trump was in Cincinnati last night at the first stop of what's billed as a thank you tour.

He drew heavily from his campaign, promising to drain the swamp of influence and power in Washington, to destroy ISIS in the Middle East, and to build a wall to stop illegal immigration. But he also promised to unite the nation.

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MARK URYCKI / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling for a number of reforms to the country's criminal justice system.  She spoke before the NAACP's national convention in Cincinnati today.

Hillary Clinton spoke a day after three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge. Investigators believe the attack and another that killed five officers in Dallas, were prompted by the deaths of two men during contacts with police in Louisiana and Minnesota. Clinton says the deaths show that things need to change.

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AIPAC

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has condemned the slayings of police officers in an appearance at the NAACP national convention in Cincinnti on Sunday.

Governor Kasich spoke to the nation's oldest civil rights organization hours after three officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the latest violence involving police across the country.

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THE OHIO SENATE

 

Restaurants around Cleveland will be able to serve alcohol later than usual during the Republican National Convention thanks to a law passed last year. Businesses have to apply as part of a qualifying major event.

According to the Division of Liquor Control, 437 license holders in 55 cities and townships have been approved for the extra hours during the RNC.

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An independent consultant has recommended reforms for the University of Cincinnati Police Department. The report from Exiger contains 14 findings with 25 suggestions. It comes 11 months after the shooting death of Samuel DuBose by university police officer Ray Tensing. Tensing was fired and is awaiting trial for murder.

University Public Safety and Reform Vice President Robin Engel says the recommended reforms need to continue.

Blood collected in southwest Ohio has been sent to Puerto Rico.  Blood banks there have been closed because over fears of spreading the Zika virus.  Hoxworth Blood Center in Cincinnati shipped 75 units of O positive Tuesday, according to Dr. Ronald Sacher.

“We, at least at the moment have some increase in our inventories in O Positive blood, and this is very unusual.”

Sacher says if more units of blood are requested, and Hoxworth has enough to share, it will.

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A poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal indicates Ohio Gov. John Kasich is leading the primary field in his home state.  Republican frontrunner Donald Trump spent much of the weekend in Ohio, trying to turn the numbers around.  For Ohio Public Radio, WVXU's Bill Rinehart reports on the campaign event in West Chester, Saturday.

Friday night, Donald Trump canceled a Chicago rally because of confrontations between supporters and demonstrators. 

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ROCK GAMING

The Horseshoe Casinos in Ohio and other former Caesar's Entertainment properties are getting new names.

After buying the venues, Rock Gaming now has changed its name, according to Matt Cullen.  He's the CEO of the new “Jack Entertainment.

“Obviously, the Jack is associated with a deck of cards, and it’s just sort of a fun and mischievous attitude that we think will add a little bit of approachability and fun to the gaming customer.”

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CDC

Ohio passed a law last year allowing pharmacists to sell an opioid overdose antidote without a prescription. Now, Kroger says it will join the CVS pharmacy chain in selling naloxone.

Kroger spokeswoman Patty Leesemann says customers must take a training class before the purchase.  She says the idea is to have the drug on-hand before an overdose happens.

“Individuals older than 18-years-old may go in to a Kroger pharmacy and ask for the medication. Individuals must complete a form and attend an educational session with a pharmacist. "

Pete Rose will be inducted into the Cincinnati Reds’ hall of fame. The announcement came Tuesday morning, a month after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's application for reinstatement into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.