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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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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Metropolitan Sewer District
12:52 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Could sewer district hiring policies be headed to court?

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are growing increasingly frustrated with Cincinnati leaders over which entity gets to set hiring policies for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

Commissioner Greg Hartmann is proposing the two sides come up with inclusion goals, incentive programs, and a way to support apprenticeship programs.

"I'm prepared to go to court if that's what it takes," says Hartmann. The local hiring policy passed by City Council is illegal and the responsible bidder program is flat out discrimination against non-union shops."

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Public Health
12:25 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Hospitals to patients' families: keep your germs at home

It's that time of year again... when sniffling and sneezing causes hospitals to go on alert.

The Greater Cincinnati Health Council says increasing flu cases and several whopping cough outbreaks mean Tristate hospitals are implementing visiting restrictions.

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Hamilton County Commission
4:10 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

County weighing facility consolidation

The initial report on Hamilton County's facilities needs is in and it paints a picture of aging buildings and deferred maintenance. With some offices bursting at the seams and others only half full, the county is looking at ways to consolidate operations.

One possibility is converting the former Mercy Mt. Airy hospital to hold the coroner, board of elections and some sheriff's offices.

Commissioners Greg Hartmann and Todd PortuneĀ  says while this may seem like a good deal, the county needs to keep an eye on costs.

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Public Health
10:41 am
Fri December 13, 2013

McCullough-Hyde exploring partnership with Mercy Health

Oxford's McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital says it's exploring affiliation options with Mercy Health.

The hospital's Board of Directors voted Thursday to move forward with the process. It had been considering affiliation options since October 2012. The Board says it will enter exclusive discussions with Mercy leaders to craft the partnership. The process is projected to take six to eight months.

In a release, McCullough-Hyde says:

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