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.

A Wilmington man has been charged in connection with the violent overrunning of the U.S. Capitol building last week. Forty-year-old Justin Stoll was arrested by the FBI and appeared in District Court in Cincinnati Friday.

Updated: 5:26 p.m.

Ohio's next phase of COVID vaccination starts Jan. 18. Senior citizens in the general public will be eligible to get the shot. But "eligible" and "able" are two different things, according to Cincinnati Health Commissioner Melba Moore.

Ohio hasn't seen a "dramatic surge" in new COVID-19 cases related to the holidays, according to the governor. But Mike DeWine says there has been an upswing. Hamilton County is now at "purple," the highest level on the state's color coded map tracking several different benchmarks. 

A community organizer with United We Stand-Cincinnati says there won't be a Women's March this year. Billie Mays says COVID took care of any plans they might have had. She says organizers are very sensitive to the fact that many people who would participate are high risk, or are caring for vulnerable people.

No fireworks and no large crowds on Fountain Square tonight to ring in the New Year. Instead, 3CDC will have a light show. Viewing it from the ice rink is by reservation only, and spokeswoman Emily Stowe says they're booked solid.

Update 12/30/20: Hamilton County commissioners unanimously approved the settlement terms Wednesday afternoon, with few comments. 

Hamilton County's sheriff-elect is dropping her federal discrimination suit against Hamilton County. Charmaine McGuffey was demoted from the head of the jail in 2017, under allegations she created a hostile work environment.

A Northern Kentucky utility company suspended penalties and disconnections earlier this year because of the pandemic. That grace period is about to end. Sanitation District 1 spokesman Chris Cole says Governor Andy Beshear ordered the statewide suspension as customers faced COVID-related hardships.

Through the pandemic, Hoxworth has been accepting plasma donations from recovered COVID patients to help others. The procedure uses antibodies to help those who are still suffering from the disease.

OKI Wanna Know is a chance for you to ask the questions you were always afraid to ask, or didn't know who to ask. In this episode, we return to the popular field of place names, and where they come from.

The Brent Spence Bridge reopened Tuesday ahead of schedule. The I-71/75 span has been closed since November 11. A crash between two semis triggered a fire damaging about 100 feet of the bridge. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray says the repairs were done without cutting corners, and the bridge is safe.

The first statue in Hamilton County of a specific woman will go up before the end of this year. That's the hope of the Women's City Club of Greater Cincinnati. Work to install the statue honoring the late Marian Spencer started this week at Smale Riverfront Park.

Updated: Jan. 8, 2021, 12:18 p.m.

The last man missing from the December collapse of the former Killen power plant in Adams County has been found. 

Cincinnati city engineers on Thursday unveiled the recommended design for replacing the Western Hills Viaduct. The recommendation comes after two years of studying the costs, maintenance issues and aesthetics of six different bridge types.

Design consultant T.Y. Lin International of San Francisco has recommended a single deck replacement with eight travel lanes – four in each direction – and protected, multi-use path on the south side and a sidewalk on the north side.

Attorney Steve Goodin will serve in place of suspended Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor. Pastor was suspended last week, after being indicted on federal bribery charges. Hamilton County Probate Judge Ralph Winkler named Goodin to the position Monday morning.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed not only Thanksgiving traditions, but a number of post-holiday events as well.

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