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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The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library are partnering to make a recorded performance of Martin's Dream available Jan. 18 - 22. The one-man show created for kids in grades 3-8 explores the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Cincinnati-based Kroger is temporarily stopping contributions to political action committees (PACs) and will review what people and causes it gives to in the wake of last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Cincinnati police officers are heading to Washington D.C. to help out during the inauguration on Jan. 20. Chief Eliot Isaac says his force will be ready here, too.

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Rumpke is expanding its list of recyclable items. Polypropylene plastic tubs may now go in your curbside recycling.

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Cincinnati City Council Friday unanimously approved a resolution condemning the actions of pro-Trump supporters this week who stormed the U.S. Capitol, wreaking havoc, causing terror and leading to at least five deaths.

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Updated: Jan. 28, 3:30 p.m.

Newly installed Hamilton County commission Vice President Alicia Reece intends to create a task force focused on economic recovery. Commissioners are expected to vote on Reece's proposal on Tuesday. 

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The city of Cincinnati will establish a Children and Families Cabinet to provide guidance on health and safety issues affecting children. Council Member Greg Landsman initiated the ordinance. He points to issues like the city's high infant mortality rate and lead poisoning.

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It's that time of year again when adorable children in green, blue or brown uniforms show up at your front door, tempting you with dreams of Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and Peanut Butter Patties. Of course, Girl Scout cookie sales are taking different forms as the coronavirus pandemic continues in 2021.

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E-books, as they say, are having a moment. Sales were up 16.5% for the first 10 months of 2020, according to the Association of American Publishers, and several months into the pandemic, e-book checkouts from libraries shot up more than 50%.

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Maya: The Exhibition is extending its run at the Cincinnati Museum Center through April 4, 2021. The coronavirus pandemic not only closed the exhibit for the start of its run here, but is sending museums and people who book touring exhibits scrambling to juggle years worth of future plans.

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Hamilton County commissioners are wrapping up 2020 by setting next year's budget. The board Thursday approved a $290.7 million general fund budget.

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For Crystal Madaris, walking through Mary E. Smith Memorial Cemetery in Elsmere, Ky., is like visiting with old friends and loved ones. Four generations of her family are buried there.

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The costs for cleaning up, engineering, repairing, testing and otherwise getting the Brent Spence I-71/75 bridge back open is expected to be under $12 million. That's how much the Federal Highway Administration made available in "quick release" Emergency Relief funds following the November wreck that shut down the major travel artery.

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Ohio and North Carolina have long been at odds over which state gets to lay claim to being "first in flight." Ohio, of course, is the birthplace of Wilbur and Orville Wright, and it was here where they created the first airplane. However, the brothers made their first flight in Kitty Hawk, NC.

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WVXU recently received a news release from a public relations company proclaiming cookie consumption is up 25% during the pandemic and that "major cookie manufacturers" are warning "Americans could find themselves lacking cookies for Santa this year."

After brushing the crumbs off our shirts, WVXU decided to check in with some local cookie purveyors about whether or not there's a cookie crush on.

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In a town known for its world-class classical and pops orchestras, a new blend of traditional and modern music is ready to make its debut. Thrive's Hip-Hop Orchestra presents its first concert Dec. 17.

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Updated Dec. 10.

Two more Hamilton County judges have dismissed charges against 66 people arrested this spring during Black Lives Matter demonstrations, bringing the total number of cases dismissed to 101, or roughly one-fifth of the total number of arrests.

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The eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins Thursday evening. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is celebrated by lighting the menorah, singing songs and playing special games, and enjoying foods cooked in oil, like latkes.

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"The bottom line is we will continue to work hard to get this vital transportation link reopen two weeks from today." That's the message Wednesday from Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray on the Brent Spence I-71/75 bridge.

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Outgoing Hamilton County Commissioner Victoria Parks has found a new passion: politics. Parks, whose term on commission ends Jan. 2, will run for Cincinnati City Council.

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As part of Hamilton County's initiative to make changes through declaring racism a public health crisis, all Sheriff's Office deputies will undergo training aimed at creating a culture where officers aren't afraid to speak up if they see fellow officers acting inappropriately.

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Taimy Alvarez / AP

The University of Cincinnati wants to enroll 4,000 people in a nationwide study looking at the effects of COVID-19 on communities." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">The Community Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Study, or COMPASS, is being conducted by an arm of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). It looks to enroll 66,000 participants.

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Three weeks into the six-week repair project, new steel beams are in place on the Brent Spence I-71/75 bridge and crews are preparing to pour a new section of road on the upper deck.

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Hans Pennink / AP

Tri-State counties and hospitals are preparing to receive shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine. Tuesday WVXU got more information on how it all will work when trucks start rolling in to town in the middle of December.

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The first replacement steel stringer beams for the Brent Spence (I-75/71) Bridge were expected to arrive Wednesday. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray says they were ordered right away in case they'd be needed.

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Hamilton County homeowners will likely get a smaller stadium property tax rebate next year. Thanks to the pandemic's effects on the economy, county administrators are recommending the rebate be funded at $5 million.

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Since at least 1912, Cincinnatians have been adopting families in need by answering their letters to Santa.

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Cincinnati Children's and UC Health are partnering to test a potential new cancer therapy that could drastically reduce the time it takes to receive radiation.

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Jason Whitman / WVXU

Hamilton County is joining others around the state in issuing a stay at home advisory to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Airbnb is cracking down on what neighbors across Cincinnati call "party houses." The online house sharing company says it's suspending or pulling 23 listings that received complaints or otherwise violated policies on parties and events.

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