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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Kentucky Graduation Rates
4:56 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Kentucky schools getting incentive to raise drop-out age

Participating school districts (as of July 1) are highlighted in blue. Note: Bellevue and Kenton County schools are not highlighted but are on the list.
Credit http://www.graduate.ky.gov/

There are a few more spots left for Kentucky schools looking to take advantage of a $10,000 incentive to raise the drop-out age from 16 to 18. The first 96 districts to participate qualify - it's called the "Blitz to 96."

Kenton County is the latest to sign on. Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey says the district has been looking at graduation rates for a while and is considering several ways to keep kids in school.

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Dayton Air Show
3:50 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

"Pilot error' led to deadly air show crash

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says "pilot error" is to blame for the fiery crash that left two people dead at last month's Dayton Air Show.

Wing Walker Jane Wicker and pilot Charles Schwenker were both killed when their 1941 Boeing Sterman glider plane crashed into the ground during a mid-day performance at the annual air show.

The FAA and NTSB are still investigating and will issue the final official cause at a later date.

Holiday travel
4:09 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Ohioans expected to hit the roads in big numbers during holiday week

Pack the sunscreen, Ohioans are heading to the beach this week.
Credit Holly Yurchison

If you're among the 1.7 million Ohioans AAA says are taking a vacation this Independence Day holiday, you're in good, but likely crowded, company. The auto club estimates 1.4 million Ohioans will drive more than 50 miles from home between Wednesday, July 3 and Sunday, July 7.

Where are we going?

Pack your patience, a majority of the top destinations listed by AAA are along the I-75 corridor.

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Miami University
2:28 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

'Priceless' artifacts stolen from Miami University

Credit Miami University

It might be a case for Indiana Jones... Miami University says someone has stolen 13 Native American, Aztec and other artifacts. The items were taken sometime over the weekend.

The university estimates the loss at nearly $10,000 but says that is a generic estimate based on similar objects found online. An official says the items are priceless because the real value is unknown and the items are irreplaceable.

In a release the university writes:

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Tecumseh High School
9:32 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Hundreds gather to celebrate beloved choir director

John Sipe in the classroom.
Credit Picture courtesy of the Tecumseh Choir 1956-1982 Facebook page.

More than 300 alumni of Tecumseh High School are converging on New Carlisle near Springfield, Ohio this weekend to honor a beloved music teacher.

John Sipe taught chorus from 1956 to 1982. Some of his former students compare him to Glenn Holland, who's life was legendarily turned into the film Mr. Holland's Opus.

Class of 1970 graduate Tim Kraus followed in Sipe's footsteps becoming a teacher. He rode his bicycle nearly 90 miles from his College Hill home to New Carlisle for this weekend's alumni tribute concert.

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