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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Recycling
11:22 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Christmas tree recycling this weekend

If your once glorious Christmas tree is starting to look a little worse for wear, Hamilton County is ready to help you recycle. Three recycling sites open Saturday. They'll accept trees and other holiday greenery.

Details from Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District:

Saturday, January 4 and January 11, 2014 from noon–3:00 pm, sites will be open to receive holiday greenery.

Locations

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Northern Kentucky University
10:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

NKU now tobacco free

Northern Kentucky University is now tobacco free.

The university approved the policy a year ago and it took effect January 1.

Spokesman Chris Cole says the policy is more than just a smoking ban.

"It includes e-cigs, smokeless tobacco, chew, dip, any tobacco or tobacco-simulating product," says Cole. "It's a pretty comprehensive tobacco free campus policy."

Cole says the university has been preparing for the change for a year. Signs have been posted around campus. Previously designated smoking areas have been removed.

Todd Portune
6:08 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Potune exploring gubernatorial run

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune greets a long time supporter before announcing his plans to create an exploratory committee to consider a bid for Ohio Governor.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune says he’s moving forward with plans to run for Ohio Governor. He’s forming an exploratory committee and beginning work on the necessary paperwork from the Board of Elections. 

That’s despite not having the backing of the Ohio Democratic Party.

Portune says Ohioans deserve a choice.

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CityFolk
2:52 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

CityFolk board calling it quits

Credit Cityfolk

The board of the Dayton arts organization Cityfolk has voted to dissolve the group. The unanimous vote comes five months after Cityfolk canceled its 2013-2014 season and the annual summer music festival.

In a release, the board says Cityfolk's assets will be transferred to the University of Dayton. Its records and files are being donated to Wright State's Special Collections and Archives.

Our decision was a difficult one, but the right one," says Cityfolk President Matt Dunn.

The group was founded in 1980 to present ethnic and traditional folk arts.

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Cincinnati Streetcar
2:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Streetcar is back on track

Flynn (center) flanked by Mann (L) and Cranley (R) says he's holding signed papers from the Haile Foundation committing $9 million in operating costs.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

"We're going to have a streetcar," says Mayor John Cranley.

Council member Kevin Flynn says he has secured $900,000 per year for 10 years (total = $9 million) from the Haile Foundation to operate the streetcar.

Cranley says he still opposes the project but he won't stop what City Council has decided to move forward on. He will not, however, sign the legislation. "Like I tell my son when he doesn't get his way, it's time to move on." He says he'll be providing project oversight and asking lots of questions to make sure it comes in on time and under budget.

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