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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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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Hoxworth is issuing an emergency appeal for donations. The center says its blood supplies are critically low.

Spokeswoman Alecia Lipton says all blood types are needed.

"We have seen a decline in blood donations," says Lipton. "Some of that has been caused by the flu, a little because of the weather and school cancelations, but mostly we've seen donor apathy. People just thinking, 'Oh, I'll do it later.' We've really been hit negatively with that for about the past month."

Provided / Hamilton County

Hamilton County is preparing to create a Heroin Task Force aimed at curbing the rapidly increasing number of users and overdoses.

Commission President Greg Hartmann announced the effort during his annual State of the County address Thursday.

"Nine thousand heroin addicts came through our jail in 2013," says Hartmann. "There's seven heroin overdoses per day in the City of Cincinnati. I've begun discussions in Columbus. I'm also going to invite the City and our public health experts."

His office later released the following goals for 2015:

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