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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Hamilton County Commissioners are pushing back the date to pass a 2013 general fund budget.

Board President Greg Hartmann's plan has two votes but he'd prefer to present a unified front and have it pass unanimously.

Lone Democrat Todd Portune says, "no offense to Hartmann" but...

Visiting with Santa Claus each Christmas season is a rite of passage for many children. But for those with autism and others highly sensitive to noise, light and sound the process can be overwhelming.

In 2008, the Dayton Mall started Sensitive Santa. For one day, they open up early, turn off the holiday lights and music and help kids meet Santa on their terms.

Mall Marketing Director David Casper remembers one little girl who wrote Santa a letter but just couldn't hand it over herself.

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The man responsible for the unfinished Kenwood Towne Place project is under indictment. Former Managing Director Matt Daniels is charged with 25 conspiracy and fraud counts.

The indictment alleges Daniels borrowed millions from a bank to develop Kenwood Towne Place but instead used the money for personal gain.

FBI Special Agent Ed Hanko says the investigation took three years.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is partnering for a free recycling drop-off Saturday. It's part of America Recycles Day.

The "One Stop Drop" site at Rookwood Commons runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Accepted items:

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They're some of the most important historical documents ever discovered and now they're here in Cincinnati.

The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens Friday, November 16th at the Museum Center.

It features more than 600 objects ranging from pottery to the scrolls themselves.

Uzi Dahari is deputy director of archaeology with the Israel Antiquity Authority.

Hamilton County Commissioners are hammering out the 2013 budget. Lone democrat Todd Portune released his proposal today/yesterday. Key to his 5-year plan is generating extra funds through a state provision allowing counties with land banks to issue securities based on expected tax revenues.

"While the use of this vehicle is limited to counties that are land bank counties, nowhere in the legislation, and nowhere have I found, are the use of the proceeds limited to just land bank activities," he says.

The Greater Cincinnati region is slightly ahead of the nation according to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky joint chambers' 2013 economic outlook released Tuesday.

Janet Harrah is Senior Director of NKU's Center for Economic Analysis and Development.

If you aren't familiar with the "food desert" concept, you may be soon. The Center for Closing the Health Gap is launching an awareness campaign about communities without access to a full-service grocery store.

Executive Director Renee Mahaffey Harris says Cincinnati is one of only a few cities nationwide to win a grant for the campaign.

"We are going to build a fund. And that fund will enable to provide access to grocery stores in sites throughout our city and throughout this region that do not have a full service grocery store," she says.

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Though yesterday was Veteran's Day, remembrances are still going on today.

Andrew Warner was a student at Miami University when the twin towers fell. Like many he felt called to join the military and fight for his country. He enlisted and went into Special Forces.

Now 30 years old and retired from active duty, Warner is studying medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He remembers a specific incident when he helped save the life of a fellow soldier in the middle of battle.

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Hamilton County Sheriff-elect Jim Neil is preparing to take over the reins. Neil bested outgoing Sheriff Simon Leis' right-hand man, becoming the first Democrat to hold the office in more than three decades.

Incumbent Ohio House Democrat Connie Pillich faced a bit of an uphill battle after her seat was redistricted but she was re-elected last night over Republican Mike Wilson.

Pillich says veteran's issues and education are key issues for her. She says education was by far the biggest concern she heard from constituents too.

While many eyes were focused on political races yesterday, school groups and social service agencies in the area were watching to see how their levies fared.

Hamilton County voters handily approved the mental health and senior services levies. Both were renewals but, because of lower property values, will actually raise fewer dollars.

School levies across the tri-state were less clear cut with many decisions separated by just several hundred votes.

Cincinnati Public's renewal passed as did levies in the Batavia, Finneytown, Northwest, Reading and Monroe districts.

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Memorial Hall is one of Hamilton County's storied venues but it often sits empty because of a lack of modern amenities like air conditioning.

The Memorial Hall Society, 3CDC and Hamilton County Commissioners are considering a partnership to revitalize the building.

Society president Bill Baumann says, "Our vision for Memorial Hall is to help it transition from an underutilized facility to and active arts center with a diverse offering of music concerts and other performing arts programs, film presentations, lectures and art exhibitions."

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This is the last weekend for Hamilton County's free hazardous waste drop-off program. The site closes for the year Saturday.

Here are the details from the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District:

Free to Hamilton County residents only. Bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

Locations: Environmental Enterprises, Inc.

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After rejecting three proposed budget options put forward by the county administrator, Hamilton County Commissioners plan to offer their own spending plans Monday morning.

Hoxworth Blood Center is putting out the call for blood and platelet donors.

Spokeswoman Alecia Lipton says area blood supplies are at a fragile level.

"Some of that is due to a very low donor turn out. We can blame part of that on cold and flu symptoms going around but also (Tuesday), due to the weather, we had some folks who were no-shows for their appointments," she says.

Lipton says all blood types are needed and platelet donors are especially important.

Hamilton County Commissioners are modifying the approval process for something called "then and now" resolutions proposed by the Public Health District.

The resolutions allow the district to pay organizations it does business with.

Commissioner Chris Monzel says the district shouldn't have to get approval from the board and a legal opinion from the county prosecutor agrees.

Hurricane Sandy is causing headaches for air travelers up and down the eastern seaboard, and in Greater Cincinnati and the Miami Valley.

Upwards of 90 flights into and out of the Cincinnati and Dayton airports have been canceled.

CVG Spokeswoman Molly Flanagan anticipates returning to full operation soon.

"The airlines will obviously want to get up and running as soon as possible," she says. "I would anticipate some of those flights coming back online Wednesday and Thursday."

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The green roof concept is gaining traction with builders and the eco-conscious but a successful green roof requires more than just planting some vegetation.

A University of Cincinnati pilot study finds some native plants are more successful in our climate than others.

Student Jill Bader and Assistant biology professor Ishi Buffam were surprised to discover a member of the onion family fared best.

"It looks delicate, I think. The foliage is long and thin and it has a very delicate flower. It doesn't look tough but it is," says Bader.

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A new green space is coming to the Cincinnati riverfront. Duke Energy is donating nearly a half million dollars over three years to add a garden to Smale Riverfront Park.

Spokesman Blair Schroeder says the plan is create a 'front porch' feel to the city.

"In addition to the lush gardens and large trees, you're going to have your walking paths, you're going to have granite sea walls and, of course, the park will also have large, oversized, family-sized porch swings that are suspended so visitors will have a front row seat to the scenery that passes along the Ohio River."

Cincinnati is considering outsourcing its parking operations.

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The popular PBS/WGBS program Antiques Roadshow is announcing the air dates for several programs filmed in Cincinnati earlier this year.

The three Cincinnati Roadshow episodes will air as follows:


Hour 1: April 1, 2013, at 8pm
Hour 2: April 8, 2013, at 8pm
Hour 3: April 15, 2013, at 8pm

CET and ThinkTV16 will carry all three episodes at the schedule dates and times.

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Once he decided to write a movie about harness racing, Emilio Estevez says he knew Ohio would be the perfect setting.

Following up on the first of several public budget hearings, Hamilton County Commission President Greg Hartmann says he doesn't foresee wage increases for county workers.

"In our administrator's recommended budget there is discussion about giving raises to employees. As much as I would like to sit here today and say we can do that, I don't think it's consistent with where we are as a county and where this budget is," he says.

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The final steel beam on Miami University's new student center is now in place. The support was placed yesterday during a special "topping out" ceremony.

Following tradition, the beam was painted white and signed by key contributors as well as university officials and anyone who came by before the ceremony.

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Hollywood is coming back to Cincinnati.

Emilio Estevez will be in town tomorrow to announce details of his latest movie, set to film here early next year.

For now all producers are saying is that it will be a family-friendly sports movie.

Estevez is the son of Dayton-native Martin Sheen.

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Hamilton County Commissioners held their first public budget hearing last night but the refrain was nothing new.

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati has a new president. Trustees this morning named Interim President Santa Ono the 28th president of UC.

Michael Keating

Efforts to turn the Purple People Bridge into a unique tourist attraction are moving forward.

Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo's newest addition, a baby female giraffe, now has a name.

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