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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Metropolitan Sewer District
3:21 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Looking for ways to lower sewer costs

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

As Hamilton County Commissioners are faced with raising sewer rates again, they're wondering if there's another way to find some relief for ratepayers.

Commission president Chris Monzel says "it's staggering, the amount of money that we have to put into this every year."

He's referring to the multi-billion dollar federal mandate to upgrade the county's sewer system.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann agrees. "Ratepayers are just getting absolutely soaked," he says.

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Ferguson, Missouri
8:22 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hundreds rally to protest Ferguson decision

300-400 people rallied outside the federal courthouse to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, MO. police officer.
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Several hundred people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Cincinnati Tuesday evening to protest a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Ferguson 18-year-old Michael Brown. The Hands Up for Justice rally was sponsored by the National Action Network.

Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell estimated the crowd at 300 to 400 people.

Bishop Bobby Hilton started off by saying, "Let me be clear, we are not anti-cop. We are pro-justice."

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Metropolitan Sewer District
3:48 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Sewer rates could go up 5.5 percent in 2015

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County sewer rates could go up 5.5 percent next year. That's the recommendation from county administrators.

Rates have been increasing for several years and are expected to keep doing so to pay for the multi-billion dollar, federally mandated sewer system upgrade. Last year, commissioners approved a six percent increase.

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Hamilton County Commission
3:41 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Hamilton County 2015 budget set at nearly $202 million

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

As expected, Hamilton County Commissioners approved the 2015 general fund budget Monday. The spending plan is much the same as 2014's.

Commission President Chris Monzel says "the public themselves are not going to see any hit to the services that they're receiving. So it should be no difference from this year to next year."

The $201.6 million budget keeps spending mostly flat. There's an increase for economic development and 9-1-1 dispatch fees will go up 5 percent. Police and fire agencies opposed that increase.

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Economic Development
2:58 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Hotel and apartments coming as Newport Levee expands

Artist rendering of building view from the river.
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The big empty parking lot just east of Newport on the Levee is finally scheduled for development. Capital Investment Group broke ground Thursday on an $80 million apartment building and hotel. The project will be called Aqua on the Levee.

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