Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.

Procter and Gamble
9:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Procter & Gamble selling pet food business

Credit Procter & Gamble / Provided

Procter and Gamble says Mars Incorporated has agreed to buy the IAMS, EUKANUBA, and NATURA brands for $2.9 billion in cash.

A release  says the companies expect to complete the transaction in the second half of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals.  Mars currently owns  PEDIGREE, WHISKAS, BANFIELD, and ROYAL CANIN.

Mars Petcare Global President, Todd Lachman, said: “We view the addition of the IAMS, EUKANUBA, and NATURA brands as exceptionally strategic. This acquisition is a perfect fit with our Mars Petcare vision of making  a better world for pets."

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

90-Day Neighborhood Enhancment Program

More than a dozen local communities have used the Neighborhood Enhancement Program to reduce crime, clean streets and enhance overall living conditions.
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  Launched in 2007, the Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) is a 90-day collaborative effort between City of Cincinnati departments, neighborhood residents and community organizations in an effort to improve the quality of life in our communities.

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Neighborhood Enhancment Program Improves Communities

East Price Hill is using the city's Neighborhood Enhancement Program.

  We continue our discussion on the Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP), and how local community organizations are working with city departments and various funding sources, with Cincinnati City Senior Community Development Analyst Ethel Cogen, Huntington Bank Vice President for Community Development Elizabeth Sherwood, and

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P&G palm oil
2:54 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Procter & Gamble sets new goals on palm oil

Procter & Gamble says it's committing to no deforestation in its palm oil supply chain.  The Cincinnati-based consumer products company says it's going to improve its practices with all its suppliers, including small local farmers, to ensure protection of forests.  

Greenpeace activists staged several protests last month around the world, including one at the company's downtown headquarters. They said P&G used palm oil from a supplier tied to tropical forest destruction.

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Transportation
2:53 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

I-71/MLK interchange work to begin this summer

Credit Holly Yurchison / WVXU News

Construction of the I-71/Martin Luther King Drive interchange is expected to begin in July.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says Westerville, Ohio-based Kokosing Construction is the apparent low bidder to do the work. The company's bid comes in at $80.8 million.

The reconstruction will create full access to and from the interstate from Martin Luther King Drive.

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Music
2:24 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Swing with Bill Cartwright: 4/12/14 show

Tune in Saturday night at 10 and have your own swingin’ dance party with Bill Cartwright and great artists like Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie.

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Music
2:18 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

2013 National Recording Registry

April 2nd announcement by the Library of Congress:

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Music
1:54 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Blues - 4.12.14 show

Saturday night at 11pm, this week's edition of The Blues will feature The Goshorns, Ricky Nye, and the Claudettes who will be performing at Arnold's on Sat, 4/19.  You'll also hear a power set with blues legends Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Luther Allison.  There are also a couple of songs by Shannon Curfman who appeared on Kid Rock's cruise last month and EG Kight who's been to Cincinnati any number of times.

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Local News
11:14 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Judge Tracie Hunter going to trial in September

Judge Tracie Hunter
Credit Hamilton County Juvenile Court

A trial date of September 8 was set this morning for Hamilton Juvenile Court judge Tracie Hunter, who faces nine criminal charges.

Hunter's lawyer and the independent council chosen to prosecute her case met for 15 minutes this morning in the chambers of Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert Nadel.

After closed-door session, Nadel announced from the bench that there would be a hearing on motions in Hunter's case on June 5t, followed by the Sept. 8 trial.

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