Ann Thompson

Reporter & Midday Host

With more than 20 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.

She has reported from India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS.

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On the district's first day back, Ohio's State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria got a first hand look Wednesday at a new CPS school and specialized programs, saying he was confident "the kids.... are bound for a great education."

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Research from Cincinnati Children's Medical Center and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center shows teens who used a mobile health app once a day in conjunction with medical care to treat their concussion got better faster than if they did with standard treatment alone.

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As veteran soccer fan Pat Cullen looked for a shirt at the FC Cincinnati store downtown he talked about how excited he is that the team is drawing in people who didn't follow the sport.

"Tonight's obviously a big deal; Final four. Gotta go show your support. Cincinnati has backed them so hard and so fast it's fun to be a part of. I think it's exploding everywhere but it's just cool to see it taking off in Cincinnati."

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In Avondale, a Cincinnati neighborhood with an "overabundance and saturation of gunfire activity," police have a new way of pinpointing it so they can get any victims to the hospital and collect evidence.

SPR Therapeutics

More than a year ago, 80-year old Helen Douglass described her shoulder and forearm pain following a stroke as nine out of 10. Last summer the Cleveland-area resident participated in a clinical trial for SPRINT, a small wearable stimulator patch and has no pain now.

Her story is one of many SPR Therapeutics points to and the Ohio company is now marketing the FDA approved portable device that delivers neuro-stimulation to the nerve causing the pain. CEO Maria Bennett says SPRINT is somewhere between TENS and a fully implantable stimulation device.

Some medical scientists believe the patch could become a substitute for opioid abuse. 

TANK

As the number of Boone County manufacturing and distribution centers grows, so do the requests for bus service. The topic came up at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs 'N Issues Tuesday.

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Employees and visitors to Trenton, Ohio's MillerCoors Brewery are hard pressed to find a trash can. The reason? The facility is 99.8 percent landfill-free, with the rest burned for energy in Indiana. Soon the plant hopes to be 99.9 percent landfill-free.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

A military-grade vest, using see-through technology, may be the answer to keeping some heart patients out of the hospital.

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Thirteen-year-old Noura Alaemi couldn't wait to come back to Cincinnati's Kids4Peace Camp for a second straight year. "I have been discriminated [against] in school before and it was really hard for me but... all these kids [at the camp] treat me like family."

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The Hilton Netherland Plaza is now looking for another executive chef after Todd Kelly announced he was leaving to take a similar job at Cherokee Towne and Country Club, a private club in Atlanta.

Starship Technologies

Ohio is now the fifth state in the nation to allow delivery robots on sidewalks. The Buckeye State joins Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia and Idaho where a robot the size of a large cooler can peacefully coexist with the public as it delivers take-out food, groceries, clothes, and more.

VT human trafficking task force

University of Cincinnati researchers are preparing to study the scope of human trafficking in Ohio, specifically minors under 18 and youth ages 18-21 in foster care. The last such study was in 2010.

The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice (OCJS) has awarded $100,000 to Assistant Professor Dr. Valerie Anderson and her team for the study which will report results in the fall of 2018.

CDC

There's an extra buzz in the air in Fresno, California. That's because the city's Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD) is releasing an estimated 20 million sterile mosquitoes this summer in a plan  using bacteria to drastically cut into the insect population.

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Sam DuBose's brother Aubrey says he will not give up despite two hung juries and a decision not to retry former UC Police Officer Ray Tensing a third time in Hamilton County Court.

He called for federal charges while at a Saturday night rally on Fountain Square where demonstrators also marched to The Banks. "Sam's death is going to bring about a lot of changes," he said, "We're going to take it to the federal level."

Jim Nolan / WVXU

Chances are you probably don't spend a lot of time in the "dark web." It's the part of the Internet that's populated by drug dealers, child pornographers, and sex traffickers. They access it by the browser Tor and can remain anonymous.

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