Pat LaFleur, WCPO

Pat LaFleur


Covington, KY, United States

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Recent articles by Pat:

Transit authority appoints new 'Everybody Rides Metro' board to better serve low-income bus riders

Transit leaders hope the Everybody Rides Metro board will allocate money to help subsidize reduced bus fares for low-income Cincinnati Metro riders. → Read More

'It's time to clean house': Mayor Cranley, City Council react to third public-corruption arrest

Federal agents Thursday arrested City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld on public corruption charges, making him the third city legislator arrested on such charges this year. → Read More

WATCH: First responders survey wreckage from fiery Brent Spence Bridge crash

"I've never dealt with anything like this," said one Covington police officer as he surveyed the mangled remains of two semitrailers that crashed on the Brent Spence Bridge. → Read More

CPD: Roebling Bridge will reopen to some vehicles Friday evening

Authorities closed the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge after truck drivers diverted by the Brent Spence Bridge closure began using it as an alternate route, in violation of its 11-ton weight limit. → Read More

Roebling district businesses brace for another bridge closure in effort to curb Brent Spence runoff

For the third time in as many years, the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge has closed to vehicle traffic, after diverted semitrailer drivers ignored the historic span's weight limit. → Read More

Northern Kentucky foundation establishes $3M 'active transportation' fund

The Devou Good Foundation wants to pump millions of dollars over the next three years into things like bike lanes and traffic-calming street improvements. → Read More

Brent Spence Bridge closure could impact more than just regional traffic, trucking expert says

Roughly 80% of the nation's freight is carried by truck. With the Brent Spence closed, only time will tell just how widely that impact will reach across the country's supply chain, experts say. → Read More

Supreme Court upholds Ky. Gov. Andy Beshear's pandemic-related executive orders

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear Thursday morning announced the Supreme Court unanimously upheld executive orders he had put in place earlier this year in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. His announcement came less than a day after the commonwealth reported more than 2,700 new cases of COVID-19. "This ruling gives us an opportunity to get this virus under control," Beshear said… → Read More

Cincinnati streetcar will go fare-free permanently starting Nov. 1

Since reopening to passengers in September, the Cincinnati Bell Connector has operated without collecting fares. The city is in the final steps of making that change permanent. → Read More

Cincinnati Metro will make bus rides free on Election Day

More than 300 polling places will open the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 3, and the transit agency wants to make sure bus-reliant voters can cast their votes. → Read More

Limited early voting locations create a challenge for transit-bound Hamilton Co. voters

With only one early voting location in Hamilton County, transit users have limited options to access the Board of Elections office in Norwood. → Read More

Farm to table to dirt to farm: This local business wants to make composting the next recycling

According to the EPA, more than 20% of solid waste collected from U.S. cities is food waste. It doesn't have to be that way. → Read More

Cincinnati taps 200+ pedestrian crossings for safety improvements over the next year

The projects range in scope from re-striping existing crosswalks and installing new signage to building new curb bump-outs and the city's first raised crosswalks, which consist of a combination between a speed bump and crosswalk. → Read More

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