Tana Weingartner

Reporter / Digital News Editor

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. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.

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Dayton's bike sharing program is officially open for business. "Link" launched Tuesday at noon. There are 225 green bicycles spread across 24 stations throughout downtown Dayton.

Provided / Flying Pig Marathon

It's Flying Pig Marathon weekend in Cincinnati. Runners of all kinds are preparing for everything from the the full marathon to fun runs and 5Ks.

Events begin Friday evening. The marathon begins around 6:30 Sunday morning.

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Remember that C-shaped arrow in Washington Park? Well, it's out of here.

Artist Philip Short loaded it up on a small trailer Wednesday afternoon and began the drive back to North Carolina.

But not without answering a few questions from WVXU listeners.

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All the wooden characters are in place. They bob evenly, up and down, as the carousel spins. It won't be long until children's voices will bounce off the glass walls surrounding Carol Ann's Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.

Installation is complete and crews are finishing the carousel building and surrounding grounds. A ribbon cutting is set for May 16.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

It sprung up in early April... a big, orange C-shaped arrow sitting in the  middle of Washington Park. People walk by and take pictures of it, or selfies with it. There's a lid on the end of the arrow, but no sign explaining its existence.

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The former Cincinnati Enquirer building on Vine Street in Downtown is now a hotel. Two hotels, actually. It now houses a Hampton Inn and a Homewood Suites, both Hilton Hotel franchises owned and operated by SREE Hotels.

The dual hotel concept is a new one. "This is the new trend in hospitality," says SREE Hotels President/CEO Vinay Patel. "This is a little unique, stacked on top of one another."

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The Cincinnati Museum Center has named Elizabeth Pierce its new president and chief executive officer.

Pierce is currently serving as interim CEO. She takes over for Doug McDonald, who retired in January.

Thomas More College

The Duke Energy Foundation is handing out grants totaling $500,000 to fund water quality research and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education at the University of Cincinnati and Thomas More College.

Each school is getting $250,000.

UC plans to use the money to complete a groundwater quality monitoring station and create a summer environmental research training program for K-12 science teachers.

Representatives from three of the four Republican tickets for Kentucky Governor will debate Wednesday night.

Gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Hal Heiner are expected to join Lt. Governor candidate Chris McDaniel (representing the James Comer/McDaniel ticket) at Northern Kentucky University. The debate is sponsored by the NKU College Republicans and is supposed to focus on NKU students, according to a media release.

The debate will be held at the NKU University Center Otto Budig Theater at 5 p.m.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Installation begins Tuesday on the carousel at Smale Riverfront Park.  The work is expected to take a week to assemble the Carol Ann's Carousel at the foot of Vine Street.

It will have 44 wooden horses and other carved characters, each with some kind of Cincinnati connection, and will operate year round.

Cincinnati Parks is introducing a new character each week. Click here to "meet the figures."

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