Tana Weingartner

Reporter / Digital Journalist

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.

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Miami University isn't losing its appeal. The university says as of Wednesday 21,027 potential students have applied for the fall 2013 semester. That surpasses 20,314 applications received in 2012.

Miami says it expects this year's number to grow even higher by the February first enrollment deadline.

It's a double header for the Cincinnati Reds... the team will host the 2015 All-Star Game and become the first team in the Midwest with a Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was in the city Wednesday to make both announcements.

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The investigation into Monday's massive pile-up on I-275 continues. A white out is believed to have caused at least 86 vehicles to crash, closing the highway for seven hours.

A 12-year old girl was killed and 20 others were sent to hospitals, some have been released.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says investigators are reconstructing what happened.

"We're in the process of conducting a full traffic investigation on this and it's going to take days. Even with the number of officers we had out there, it's going to take days to put this report together," he says.

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Hamilton's popular IceFest is back this weekend. The two-day festival features more than 80 ice sculptures scattered throughout downtown.

Chairman Tim Naab says this year's theme is "landmarks of the world".

Michael Keating

Cincinnati police say homicides and violent crime were down overall last year compared to 2011.

Chief James Craig wants to see that trend continue this year.

"We've set for 2013 a very modest overall crime reduction goal of five percent. We had a five percent goal at the beginning of 2012 and we certainly exceeded that, ending the year with a ten percent reduction in overall crime," he says.

Over-the-Rhine, Avondale and Winton Hills saw the biggest drops in homicides. Walnut Hills and East Price Hill both saw increases.

Sarah Ramsey

Greg Hartmann and Todd Portune were officially sworn in Wednesday to serve their new terms on Hamilton County Commission.

Hartmann repeated his mantra that these are challenging times for county government but says there are bright spots as well, like the county Land Bank.

Hamilton County Commissioners are throwing out hiring and procurement policies related to the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

The city, which operates MSD had instituted new bidding requirements the county, which owns MSD, says were unfair- and in some cases illegal. Chief among them were apprenticeship requirements and a policy giving preference to contractors within city limits.

Commission President Chris Monzel says a working group will be formed to draft a new procurement policy.

Pete Rose Way will close Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. for construction work taking down the pedestrian stairway.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Jan. 17; and again on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning. One lane of traffic in each direction will be open on the affected section of Pete Rose Way on Thurs., Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 after 6 a.m.

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Carthage and Mt. Airy are the two newest communities targeted for Cincinnati's Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP). 

Beginning March 1, police, businesses and civic groups will work together on an accelerated revitalization and reinvestment plan.

Michael Keating

Cincinnati's City Manager is naming Captain Paul H. Humphries Assistant Chief/Executive Officer for the Cincinnati Police Department.

Humphries has been on the force 26 years. He currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Chief James Craig.

In a release Dohoney says, “Captain Humphries is committed to helping ensure that the Police Department follows through on the principles outlined in the Collaborative Agreement and will help lead our police officers into the future as a well-prepared department.”

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Hamilton County Commissioners reorganized Monday with Chris Monzel assuming the presidency.

Monzel says he plans to stay the course laid out by fellow commissioner Greg Hartmann.

"Definitely public safety is the number one priority for Hamilton County. And it's something that's important and especially with the new Sheriff coming on board of what the public safety needs are. So that's number one, that's always been the number one priority to me in government," he says.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority's newest housing development is slated for Mount Healthy.

CMHA plans to build a home for people with disabilities on the site of the former Duvall school on Compton Road. Spokeswoman Kelly Kramer says the facility fills a need outlined in a study last month.

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A young, female manatee named "Woodstock" is the newest addition to the Cincinnati Zoo. The 900-pound, two-year-old arrived Friday from the Columbus Zoo.

Though born in the wild, Woodstock was rescued along with her mother off the Southwest coast of Florida in 2011. Both were victims of cold-stress (prolonged exposure to low temperatures), and while Woodstock survived, her mother did not.

Race Street will be closed for two weekends between Fifth and Sixth Streets for construction. Crews are tearing down what remains of the Skywalk in preparation for construction of the new Dunnhumby building.

The closures begin on Saturday, January 12 at 6:00 a.m. and remain closed until Sunday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m., and will be closed again on Saturday, January 26 at 6:00 a.m. and remain closed until Sunday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m.

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A trio of deputies from the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation toured sites along Cincinnati's proposed streetcar route Thursday. They're checking out sustainability projects such as rain gardens and housing developments.

Michael Keating

**Update**

From The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

"The Roebling Bridge will be closed beginning approximately at 4 pm until so that the District 6 Bridge Crew can take check the north tower.  This afternoon a piece of sandstone fell from the ledge.  At this time it appears to be superficial, but crews will take a closer look.  The bridge will reopen once inspection is complete and deemed clear."

The Roebling Suspension bridge is out of commission for Thursday rush hour traffic.

Hamilton County Commissioners say a Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) "responsible bidder" construction policy approved by Cincinnati City Council is bad business and they want it gone.

Business owners say the new policy includes criteria that make it impossible for certain companies to win construction bids.

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This week's spring-like temperatures might provide some reprieve from the winter doldrums, but they're likely to cause headaches for drivers.

Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sharon Smigielski says conditions are ripe for creating potholes.

"The warmer temperatures accelerate the freeze/thaw cycle causing pavement to deteriorate more quickly," she says.

Since it's still too cold for permanent fixes, road crews will use a cold patch mixture to plug potholes.

To report potholes:

Ohio highways & state routes: 513-933-6568

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Jefferson Social will take up residence this Spring at The Banks. The neighborhood bar and restaurant style facility will serve Mexican street food. It will be operated by Tony Cafeo, who also owns Jefferson Hall at Newport on the Levee.

“Our focus will be on serving artisanal drinks with freshly squeezed juices and quality liquors, and serving tacos and nachos made with fresh ingredients,” says Cafeo. “Customers will be able to enjoy themselves in a design and layout conducive to socializing, eating, dancing and partying.”

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Hamilton County Commissioners are ordering a performance and efficiency review of the Metropolitan Sewer District.

The utility is undertaking a multi-billion dollar, federally mandated system upgrade.

Commissioner Chris Monzel proposed the review.

Drought conditions in the upper Midwest are causing major concerns for companies that ship goods and materials on the Mississippi River.

Local carriers are keeping an eye on how low water levels between Saint Louis and Cairo, Illinois (where the Ohio and Mississippi meet) could affect their supply routes.

Mike Toohey is president of the Waterways Council, a carrier trade and policy organization.

Dayton International Airport is adding daily non-stop service to New York's LaGuardia Airport. Delta is adding the flights.

In a release, Jeffrey Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition says, "This is great news for the business community in the Dayton Region. A lot of hard work went into making this flight possible again. It’s good when the region comes together to work on a common issue."

Many people will be celebrating the New Year tonight and, as with any party, some will have too much to drink and need a safe ride home. 

MADD and AAA are joining forces again this year to offer Care Cab.  It will provide a free taxi ride home to people who’ve had too much to drink. 

MADD’s Andrea Rehkamp (RAY-camp) says it's important to think before you drink.

The Wright Image Group

Seattle has the Space Needle, St. Louis has the Arch, and a group of aviation enthusiasts say Dayton needs a giant replica of the Wright Flyer soaring atop a 250-foot-tall pedestal at the I-70/75 interchange.

Aviation enthusiasts say the Wright Flyer monument will be 25-stories-tall. That's three times bigger than the original Orville and Wilbur Wright flew 109 years ago.

Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police is betting high on a program targeting prisoners.

The agency is handing out decks of playing cards featuring cold cases in hopes of generating new leads.

Since 2010, the agency has distributed more than 8,000 decks and followed up on hundreds of leads.

Trooper Michael Webb says the effort has helped crack three out of 52 cases so far. While that may not seem like a lot, Webb says it is. 

Miami University

Miami University is naming David Sayler as its new Director of Athletics. Sayler comes from the University of South Dakota where he was in charge of intercollegiate athletics for two-and-a-half years.

Sayler replaces Brad Bates who left in October to take the athletic director position at Boston College.

A new study finds a large unmet housing need for the elderly and disabled in Hamilton County.

The report was commissioned by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA). It looks at the county's housing stock, structural integrity, neighborhood demographics and community amenities.

Michael Keating

The Cincinnati Northern Kentucky airport is rolling out its master plan Thursday evening.

Officials will explain the airports 'road map' for growth during a public information session. The master plan study includes passenger and cargo forecasts, facility assessments, and the feasibility of focusing on direct flights versus acting as a transfer hub.

Tonight's "open house" style meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

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