Tana Weingartner

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

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Parking Lease
3:11 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Parking lease clears another hurdle in court

The City of Cincinnati picked up another win in its battle to outsource parking operations. A judge Thursday dismissed an injunction request filed by the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST).

The group charges the city manager changed the lease without getting council approval. But the city says the city manager acted within his duties.

City attorney Terry Nester further argued COAST had no standing to bring the case.

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Recycling
11:11 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Final weekend for computer/TV recycling

Credit WVXU

The final computer and TV recycling drop-off for this year will be this weekend.

Last month WVXU reported:

Hamilton County residents have recycled more than 116,000 pounds of old computer equipment and televisions so far this year and the Recycling and Solid Waste District says there's still time to build on that number.  The county's free drop-off program is still available on Saturdays (except the Labor Day holiday on August 31)  from 8 a.m. to noon until October 26.

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Hamilton County Coroner
3:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Study projects much lower cost for new crime lab

New figures are in on how much it would cost to convert Mercy Mt. Airy hospital into a new crime lab for the coroner's office.

Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco says a new architectural study puts renovation costs at $21.5 million, well under the projected $56 million to build a new facility.

"The building is sound and it's a gift," says Sammarco. "I think we really need to look at it as this is going to be the most economical way for us to get a new crime lab."

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Police and security
4:46 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

MUPD canine retires

Officer Hibbard and Ero search the Flying Pig Marathon route earlier this year. It was one of Ero's last assignments.
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Earlier this year Miami University's first police canine retired. On Monday the university held a retirement ceremony for Ero, the German Shepherd who has been with the department since 2005.

Ero continues to live with his handler, Officer Keith Hibbard, and Hibbard's new K-9 partner, Figo.

In an interview posted on Miami's website, Officer Hibbard says:

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Hamilton County Commission
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Commissioners to weigh options for tourism tax revenues

Updated 2pm

When out-of-towners stay in are hotels, Hamilton County benefits from the transit occupancy tax.

The tourist tax was used to build the Cincinnati and Sharonville convention centers. A large portion is still used to cover the debt service on those projects and the rest goes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism.

Monday, the County Administration laid out options to County Commissioners for pulling back some of those revenues and using them elsewhere.

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