Pat LaFleur, WCPO

Pat LaFleur


Covington, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Pat:

It's one of Covington's largest green spaces, but it's not quite a park ... yet

A Covington-based street hockey league can't play during the COVID-19 pandemic, so instead, they're working to uplift the green space surrounding their court. → Read More

Thousands expected to loop I-275 in 'Trump parade' planned for Saturday morning

As of Saturday morning, nearly 7,000 people RSVP'd to the event as attending, with more than 12,000 indicating they were interested. → Read More

Gabriella Rodriguez: 2 years after fatal crash, mother still asking, 'Where's our crosswalk?'

Fifteen-year-old Gabriella Rodriguez would have been a senior at Western Hills High School this year. Instead, her family is still seeking answers two years after a driver took her life as she was trying to catch the bus to school. → Read More

City Council votes to make streetcar fare-free

After multiple rounds of ordinances and subsequent mayoral vetoes, Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday afternoon to make the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar fare-free. → Read More

Here's what Downtown's Court Street could look like after 'pedestrianization' redesign

City and business leaders Wednesday unveiled what a planned redesign of downtown Cincinnati's Court Street corridor might look like. → Read More

How to incentivize wearing a mask for your child

It's tough enough to get a student to sit still, let alone keep a mask on all day. Experts say it's all about making kids like the mask and feel rewarded. → Read More

New Richmond wants to transform half of this 4-lane highway into a walking, biking trail

New Richmond officials have been working for years to address how U.S. 52 divides the village and makes difficult terrain for residents and visitors who want to walk or bike through the neighborhood. → Read More

Over next 10 years, Metro plans to drastically increase number of benches, shelters at bus stops

The transit agency announced this week it will partner with advertising firm, Adsposure, to finance the installation and maintenance of 400 new bus stop benches and more than 200 new bus stop shelters across Hamilton County over the next 10 years. → Read More

City Council approves budget that fully funds police; Veto will keep streetcar running without riders

In a move that includes full funding for the city’s police department, Cincinnati City Council voted to approve the budget for the 2021 fiscal year Wednesday night. → Read More

Proposed year-long suspension of streetcar service has some OTR business owners worried

When Brad and Karen Hughes opened Artichoke OTR on Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine, they had two criteria they were looking for as far as location: be near Findlay Market and be on the streetcar line. → Read More

Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky board approves bus system overhaul

The changes have been almost a year in the making, with several rounds of public input, but concerns remain in the final hours before Wednesday's vote. → Read More

Lawsuit: City of Cincinnati curfew violated protesters' constitutional rights

CINCINNATI — Mayor John Cranley's recent curfew orders -- activated and enforced by the city of Cincinnati -- violated demonstrators' right to peacefully protest, according to a recently filed federal lawsuit. "The city of Cincinnati is unconstitutionally censoring, criminalizing and punishing the free expression of protesters," the June 3 lawsuit reads, in part. "The mayor's curfew is an… → Read More

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley to lift COVID-19 bike share restrictions

CINCINNATI — Mayor John Cranley said in a news briefing Thursday that the region's bike share program, Red Bike, will resume service. Red Bike Executive Director Jason Barron spoke during Cranley's Thursday briefing to outline additional cleaning measures and other protocols the bike share system has implemented to resume service at its dozens of stations across the cities of Cincinnati and… → Read More

Facing huge budget gap, city councilman wants to reclaim funds pledged to FC Cincinnati stadium

After cutting city funding to human services agencies, Councilman Chris Seelbach wonders if the city can't recuperate some money elsewhere... like money pledged to the FC Cincinnati stadium project. → Read More

Cincinnati Metro rider on COVID-related cuts to bus service: 'Change it back'

After cutting service due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cincinnati Metro buses are running on reduced schedules. For people who still rely on Metro to get to work, this creates a new challenge to their livelihoods. → Read More

Tri-State trails offer point of relief from social isolation amid COVID-19, but be careful

Something as simple as going for a walk might not have seemed so important two months ago. → Read More

Transportation systems scaled back, others suspended amid spread of coronavirus

Facing ongoing public health concerns as well as a looming city budget gap, Mayor John Cranley ordered the Cincinnati Bell Connector, Red Bike and e-scooter rentals suspended until further notice. → Read More

Local bike shops keeping Tri-State cyclists mobile, active through COVID-19 crisis

Not everyone would think of bike shops as an "essential service." Here's why Ohio and Kentucky do. → Read More

Facing impact of COVID-19, Tri-State public transit agencies cut service, eliminate fares

Plummeting ridership is prompting local transit agencies to consider reduced service and free fares to decrease possibility of exposure to COVID-19. → Read More

Issue 7 in Hamilton County: What to know about sales tax increase for transit, roads and bridges

As voters get ready for Ohio's primary, here's a breakdown of the proposal to raise Hamilton County's sales tax to 7.8% for improvements to transportation and infrastructure. → Read More