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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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.

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino is on schedule to open next Spring. General Manager Kevin Kline says you should expect to see something unique.

"I think it's unique in terms of the architecture... the openness. It's unique in terms of having a one acre outdoor space connected to your casino that you can program and activate. And unique in that... look at the community that we're in, you've got Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton and Downtown all within the doorstep."

University of Cincinnati

One week after President Gregory Williams' abrupt departure, the University of Cincinnati is moving forward with a search for its next leader.

The school's board of trustees voted Tuesday to begin the process of finding a new president.

Interim president Santa Ono is getting a raise to go with his new title. His salary is increasing to $369,000 with a $100,000 bonus. The university is also retiring the remainder of the mortgage on Ono's house ($172,963) in Atlanta.

Olympian Kayla Harrison is getting a hero's welcome in her hometown of Middletown. The gold medal winner will visit with students at Middletown High School Tuesday. The city is also throwing her a parade through town ahead of public rally. Event organizer and councilwoman Ann Mort says the town can't wait to welcome Harrison in style.

Kenton County Schools and Fidelity Investments say a partnership they started last year is paying off with higher test scores.

The two created a math mentoring curriculum aimed at using real world investing examples to help seventh grade students understand math concepts and get excited about math.

Northern Kentucky University researcher Kevin Corcoran says he was surprised to learn that, nationally, one third of seventh graders see standardized tests scores drop from the beginning to end of the year.

ZEROlandfill Cincinnati is back for a fifth year. The recycling initiative makes design samples and materials available to artists, teachers, students, or anyone who's interested.

The group says the goal is to divert waste from area landfills and promote material re-purposing. It says more than 130,000 pounds of waste has been diverted over the past four years.

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University of Cincinnati classes begin Monday. Friday, interim President Santa Ono greeted the incoming first year class during Convocation.

Ono takes the helm from Gregory Williams who resigned suddenly Tuesday. Ono says the transition will be pretty seamless.

“Gregory Williams and I were very, very strong partners. We were a team. We wrote and created the academic master plan together. I intend to continue to support that. We’ve worked very hard and we will continue the momentum with that academic master plan, ‘UC 2019,”’ he says.

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Dayton may have been passed over to receive a space shuttle but the National Museum of the United States Air Force now has the next best thing. For more than 30 years Crew Compartment Trainer One was used to teach astronauts how to fly orbiters and operate equipment in space. Astronaut Greg Johnson was on hand Wednesday as CCT-1 arrived on the NASA Super Guppy aircraft. Johnson says he spent almost more time in the trainer than in actual space.

Hamilton County Commissioners are navigating the budget process for next year. No decisions have been made but they're already responding to comments from outgoing Sheriff Simon Leis that they plan to gut his department.

Leis threatens proposed cuts would mean laying off employees and reducing space at the overcrowded county jail.

Commissioner Chris Monzel says public safety is a top priority.

The University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati president Gregory Williams is resigning. The announcement comes less than a week before classes begin.

In a statement, the university says Williams is resigning because of personal reasons.

UC's Board of Trustees met for several hours Tuesday. Provost Santa Ono will fill the position in the interim.

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Hamilton County Commissioners are considering a proposal that would cover the projected 2013 deficit in the stadium fund.

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