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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Todd Portune
7:57 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Portune won't challenge for Governor

Todd Portune at Dec. 30 announcement of his exploratory bid
Tana Weingartner

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has given up plans to challenge Ed FitzGerald in a Democratic  primary race for Ohio Governor.

Portune's decision came only five days before the Wednesday filing deadline for statewide candidates. After crisscrossing the state since early December trying to drum up support, in the end he could not muster enough support or overcome the opposition of the Ohio Democratic Party, which has endorsed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive.

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Polar Vortex
1:05 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Ice on river temporarily closes Anderson Ferry

The Anderson Ferry operates 364 days per year unless weather forces a closure.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Ice on the Ohio River has the Anderson Ferry closed for a third day in a row. The ferry has been around since 1817 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Newport Aquarium
1:33 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Aquarium shark ray gives birth

Sweat Pea with two of her pups.
Justin Cain Newport Aquarium

The Newport Aquarium is celebrating the arrival of six shark ray pups.

Here's the announcement:

In a historic biological achievement, Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday that Sweet Pea, the first documented shark ray to breed in a controlled environment, gave birth to seven pups on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.

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Board of Elections
4:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Will Hamilton County election board move?

Hamilton County Commissioners could vote Wednesday morning on whether to accept the offer of the former Mercy Mt. Airy hospital.

Catholic Health Partners is offering to give it to the county for use as a new crime lab but that plan's in limbo over a proposal to move the Board of Elections there as well.

The elections board is split on the idea. Those in favor say it makes financial sense. Those opposed say moving the board out of downtown will restrict access to early voting.

The county leases the board's current downtown location.

Brr, it's cold
4:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Cold isn't keeping everyone indoors

A group of mostly UC students plays a game of pick-up hockey in Eden Park.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Another Polar Vortex is sweeping across the region forcing many indoors but there are still some adventurous souls braving the cold.

Nathan Cramer normally plays in-line hockey but earlier this year he invested in a pair of hockey skates.

"I got my own ice skates this year," said Cramer. "I bought them knowing it was going to get cold enough and there'd be some free ice to play on."

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