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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Cincinnati Zoo

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

4-H.org

Master gardening classes and 4-H could soon be a thing of the past in Hamilton County. The Ohio State University Extension office which runs the programs says it can't find new funding and will shut down at the end of the year.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

Citing a conflict of interest, Hamilton County Commissioners are hiring an outside attorney to represent the county and a juvenile court employee.

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Two Ohio sites are now National Historic Landmarks. The sites in Dayton and Akron were added Wednesday along with 25 others.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has said he wants Ohio's public universities to do more to capitalize on the results of their research work. That's something Miami University started several years ago on their own and other schools are getting on board too.

The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Task Force is recommending expanding college entrepreneurial programs; fostering stronger links between research universities and the business sector; and eliminating intellectual property barriers that can deter universities and and companies from partnering.

Hamilton County Commissioners are still looking for ways to balance the 2013 budget without raising taxes.

WVXU

If you live in Hamilton County you only have a few weeks left to get rid of unwanted electronics through the county’s free recycling program.

WVXU News

Cincinnati is holding a national competition to get design ideas for building decks over Fort Washington Way to connect the Central Business District to the Banks.

Possibilities range from adding green space to business, retail or entertainment space.

The competition is called "Connect the Blocks." The city wants design, architectural and engineering experts to create concepts and cost estimates.

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The Cincinnati Art Museum is renovating and restoring the Art Academy on the building's west side. The first phase of the $18.4 million project should be complete early next year.

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Hamilton County's Administrator today presented Commissioners three possible budgets for next year but it sounds like they'll be choosing Option number four.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to discuss the 2013 general fund budget Monday morning.

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After this weekend's Homecoming festivities are over, the University of Cincinnati plans to focus on finding its next president.

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Drivers don't often get excited about road construction but some in the Eastgate area may like this project.

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Organizers are calling the economic impact of this summer's World Choir Games, "staggering."

MidPoint Music Festival kicks off Thursday night in Washington Park.

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More than 70 Fulbright scholars from Afghanistan are in Oxford to learn and develop business solutions. The goal is create social change when they return home.

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The U.S. Navy is naming its newest research vessel after the late astronaut Neil Armstrong. The R/V Neil Armstrong is the first Armstrong-class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) ship.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Fifth Street closes Friday night at 6pm to make way for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

www.cincybilingualtalent.com

The Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber is launching an initiative to connect bilingual and multilingual people from around the region with companies or others that need their expertise.

Some Hamilton County employees could see a big change coming to their health insurance. Commissioner Chris Monzel wants to make the county's Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) mandatory for all eligible, non-union employees.

A statewide plan to revive struggling communities is kicking off in Cincinnati. "Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Program" uses national mortgage settlement funds to tear down blighted properties.

The first houses are coming down in East Price Hill.

Ken Smith with the community development organization Price Hill Will is excited about the redevelopment opportunities and other possible land uses.

A third Ohioan has died from complications of West Nile Virus.

As Hamilton County budget meetings continue, the story remains the same. Department heads are still begging to keep their budgets intact... and commissioners keep saying everyone will have to deal with less.

Lamenting unfunded mandates from the state legislature is another popular refrain.

Board member Todd Portune says, “At what point do those above us in this hierarchy acknowledge that they can’t just keep demanding and expect to be absorbed? I would argue that we’re at that point.”

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The chief financial officer of Kenwood Towne Place and its developer, Bear Creek Capital, is being accused of bank fraud.

Tina Schmidt was indicted Thursday in federal court in Cincinnati. The indictment alleges Schmidt and others knowingly took millions in loans from Bank of America to build the now defunct retail and office complex next to Kenwood Towne Center but instead used the money for other projects.

Her attorney could not be reached for comment.

The property was sold to a new developer last month.

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioners are moving forward with a plan to shore up the struggling stadium fund for another year.

Essentially the board is taking out an insurance policy to cover the bulk of the debt and fund what's left from county reserves. It'll cost about $300,000.

Researchers from several universities, including UC, say a new study shows men are at a greater risk of depression than women following a stroke.

Assistant professor of social work Michael McCarthy theorizes there's a connection between depression and mens' beliefs about their familial roles.

Hamilton County Commissioners are meeting with department heads as they work out next year's budget. With most agency leaders begging not to have their budgets slashed and Commissioners facing steep cuts, the meetings don't last long.

Board president Greg Hartmann calls the process challenging.

“We’re in the neighborhood of being $100 million dollars smaller than we were six years ago, from $300 million to $200 million,” he says.

Michael Keating

Cincinnati councilman PG Sittenfeld wants to know why young married couples tend to leave the city when they start having children.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up a campaign swing through Southern Ohio Sunday with a stop in suburban Cincinnati. Standing in an atrium at Milford High School, he focused on representing the two presidential candidates as "fundamentally different."

The vice president stuck to familiar themes dinging the Republican party's stance on healthcare - which Biden called "voucher-care", and especially what Mitt Romney had to say about job creation at the Republican National Convention...

You must take the test. That's the ruling from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig challenged a requirement that he take Ohio's standard police exam. But Thursday the commission ruled his decades of police work don't exempt him. During an interview with WVXU just hours prior to the decision Craig remained resolute, he won't take it.

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