Tana Weingartner

Senior Editor / Reporter

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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Courtesy of Duke Energy

Duke Energy is replacing a major Tri-State power line this month. The work requires way more than the usual bucket truck and will cause delays on I-275 in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

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Last week's warm weather was a tease of spring, giving rise to thoughts of budding flowers, longer days and for some, the anticipation of summer camp. Signs-ups are already underway for some camps, and others, like Cincinnati Recreation Center programs, begin enrolling early this month.

Courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office

A former first assistant United States attorney is taking over as the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Vipal J. Patel became an assistant United States attorney in 2000 and has served in the criminal, civil and appellate divisions of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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A nationwide suicide prevention hotline means much of the country will shift to 10-digit dialing. The change happens this fall for the 513 and 859 area codes.

Courtesy of Cincinnati Children's

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is partnering with DownSyndrome Achieves (DSA) to create a research biobank with biospecimens donated by people with Down syndrome and their families. The goal is to collect things like blood, saliva and tissue samples that researchers around the world can use in clinical research.

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Routine maintenance is slated to begin Monday on the Brent Spence Bridge. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews will begin cleaning and painting the bridge, weather permitting. The work is expected to last through mid-November. Some lane closures will be necessary.

Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition

Not surprisingly, the coronavirus pandemic did not help efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic in Hamilton County in 2020. The Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition (HC ARC), formerly known as the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition, issued its 2020 annual report Friday.

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Al Behrman / AP

Yes, we know, this information will leave many people saying "no kidding" followed by an eye roll. Here are the details anyway. An annual list from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) finds the Brent Spence Bridge corridor is the second most congested area in the U.S. for truck bottlenecks.

Courtesy of Urban Consulate Cincinnati

As the country moves toward racial equality, Urban Consulate Cincinnati is partnering with CET to present a televised discussion of ideas and strategies about Cincinnati's future.

Courtesy of Sara Fehring

The Ohio River Foundation is preparing to plant 10,000-15,000 native trees and shrubs along the banks of three Ohio River tributaries. It's thought to be the largest such habitat restoration project to date in Southwest Ohio.

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O'dell Owens, M.D., has worn a lot of hats in Greater Cincinnati - Hamilton County Coroner, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College President, Cincinnati Health Department Medical Director, and most recently, president and CEO of Interact for Health. Owens is retiring from the latter at the end of March.

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Dance, art, literature, poetry, and of course, jazz are a few of the cultural achievements that defined the Harlem Renaissance. Juneteenth Cincinnati and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center are partnering to celebrate that time period during Black History Month with an art exhibit and performance series.

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The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge is scheduled to close Feb. 15 for repairs and restoration. The work is expected to take most of 2021 with traffic resuming by the end of November and the overall project wrapped up by Dec. 31.

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A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy has died of complications from COVID-19. Deputy Donald Gilreath III died Feb. 12.

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Hamilton County is deciding how to spend its leftover CARES Act funding. Some programs didn't use all of their allocations, and a federal extension means the county can continue rolling leftover dollars into other or new programs.

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Most tests for cancer are invasive, involving biopsies and nerve-wracking waits. A University of Cincinnati assistant professor is behind a new device that can detect cancer quickly using blood or saliva.

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The Black American Tree Project (BATP) is the brainchild of Danyetta Najoli and Freda Epum, and now it's getting a cash infusion allowing the program to reach more people across Ohio.

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When a close friend's mom died suddenly before Christmas from COVID-19, all Jen Barcenas wanted to do was hop on the first flight out, dash to her friend's side, and envelope her in a hug. Unfortunately, that just wasn't an option.

Courtesy of Earlham College

Earlham College sophomore Rutendo Magade has lived a lot of places - Zimbabwe, Brazil, the USA - but it was in Thailand that her frustrations with not seeing women that looked like her being celebrated came to boil.

Courtesy of the Health Gap

The Center for Closing the Health Gap is out with the results of a study on the effects of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities. CEO Renee Mahaffey Harris says the key takeaway is that marginalized communities want and need transparency.

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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is taking up the call to center Black History Month programs on issues affecting Black families. It's hosting a series of recorded and Zoom discussions this month on a variety of topics designed for everyone, young and old.

TJ Vissing / Courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center

A short drive east of Cincinnati in Adams County sits 20,000 acres of vast forest, ravines, prairies and stunning views of the Appalachian foothills. The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System is Ohio's largest privately-owned natural area, and the subject of a new exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Rezvan Mazloomi

When the call came, West Chester fiber artist Carolyn Mazloomi was shocked. She thought it was a telemarketer. Instead, she learned she's a 2021 Unites States Artists Fellow. The fellowship comes with a $50,000 award.

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Courtesy of Mark Lyons

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is a founding member of an organization seeking to address racial inequalities in the field of classical music. The National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN) is a collection of music organizations and artists that want to improve resources and opportunities for classical instrumentalists of color.

Courtesy of Miami University

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is taking over management and operation of Miami University's airport.

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A recently completed study shows Tri-State Black-owned businesses have an economic impact of more than $1.4 billion annually.

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"I'm scared," she says. "I don't like needles." Dena Lemon holds her mother's hand, takes a deep breath, and closes her eyes as a medical assistant quickly and efficiently administers the COVID-19 vaccine.

"OK, it's all over. Did you feel it?" Marlena McCloud asks, receiving an emphatic "No" from Lemon.

Keith Klenowski / Xavier University

Incoming Xavier University President Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., doesn't take over until July 1, but she was in Cincinnati Monday to meet with the Xavier community and the media.

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

A new podcast seeks to tell and preserve the rich history of Cincinnati's West End. The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library calls the "West End Stories Project" a twist on the traditional oral history program.

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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

When you're the darling of Cincinnati, a simple sheet cake just won't do. Fiona the hippo turns four on Sunday and will celebrate with a tiered confection combining all her favorite treats.

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