Tana Weingartner

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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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In its efforts to lower Hamilton County's high infant mortality rate, Cradle Cincinnati is adding up the cost of preterm births.

A study by UC's Economics Center finds preterm births cost more than $400 million each year.

County Commissioner and Cradle Cincinnati co-chair Todd Portune says "if you laid a dollar bill side-by-side, $402 million is represented by those dollars, collectively, covering the entire acreage of Lunken Airport."

The study breaks the dollars down three ways:

Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel isn't ready to give up on the idea of turning part of the former Mercy Mt. Airy hospital into a new crime lab.

Last week, commission president Greg Hartmann said a vote was likely soon and indicated it didn't look promising.

Monzel says he's trying to find a public/private partnership to make it happen.

Dayton Mayor's Office / Provided

Dayton mayor Nan Whaley delivered her state of the city address Wednesday. She said Dayton can be a vibrant city, but getting there demands more than just talk.

"Our vision of a thriving, vibrant city can’t just be about talk," Whaley said. "It must be about action and results."

Whaley said the city is seeing results. She cited the May renewal of the city's income tax as a success in keeping Dayton on solid financial ground.

Crime is also down three percent, according to numbers from Dayton Police.

Mark Bowen / Interact for Health

The U.S. Surgeon General has only been on the job since mid-December, but already he's reaching out to communities across the country.

Among his stops, Vivek Murthy met with community, business and faith leaders in Cincinnati Tuesday to discuss the Affordable Care Act as well as local concerns such as substance abuse - particularly heroin-, mental health, and vaccination rates. Ohio, he notes, has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

University of Cincinnati / Provided

Bariatric surgery can improve life expectancy for a lot of people. But a UC study finds it may actually reduce life expectancy for one small group.

A team including Dr. Daniel Schauer with the Division of General Internal Medicine found diabetics with a body mass index higher than 62 saw life expectancy decrease after surgery.

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