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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Hamilton County Commission
3:44 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Minor budget tweaks expected ahead of vote

The budget Hamilton County Commissioners vote on later this week will likely look a lot like the one proposed by county administration.

Board President Chris Monzel is suggesting just one change. The proposed budget calls for cutting $6.65 million in indigent care levy funds from the UC Medical Center and using it to cover a gap in the Sheriff's inmate care budget.

In his proposal, Monzel writes:

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Hamilton County Commission
12:47 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

County to pay $883,000 in legal fees from court battle with Judge Hunter

Hamilton County will pay $883,000 to cover legal fees for Judge Tracie Hunter. That's lower than the $920,514.22 she racked up while suing the Board of Elections and the county's ensuing appeals.

Commission President Chris Monzel says, "We actually got a reduction in the amount based on the promptness of that payment, which helps the taxpayers pay less money. But unfortunately we didn't win the lawsuit and we had to pay."

Fellow Commissioner Todd Portune says the amount is still much higher than it should have been.

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Hamilton County Commission
2:45 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Commissioners weighing budget options

Hamilton County Commissioners are slated to vote next week on the 2014 general fund budget. Board President Chris Monzel will present some adjustments Monday to the current proposal and he's hoping for universal agreement.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann says what likely won't be in the budget is a response to last weeks appeal from the county coroner for a new crime lab.

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Parking Lease
3:11 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Parking lease clears another hurdle in court

The City of Cincinnati picked up another win in its battle to outsource parking operations. A judge Thursday dismissed an injunction request filed by the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST).

The group charges the city manager changed the lease without getting council approval. But the city says the city manager acted within his duties.

City attorney Terry Nester further argued COAST had no standing to bring the case.

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Recycling
11:11 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Final weekend for computer/TV recycling

Credit WVXU

The final computer and TV recycling drop-off for this year will be this weekend.

Last month WVXU reported:

Hamilton County residents have recycled more than 116,000 pounds of old computer equipment and televisions so far this year and the Recycling and Solid Waste District says there's still time to build on that number.  The county's free drop-off program is still available on Saturdays (except the Labor Day holiday on August 31)  from 8 a.m. to noon until October 26.

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