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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Former nurse's aide Donald Harvey who admitted to killing 37 patients, many of them at Cincinnati's Drake Hospital, has died from injuries he suffered at a Toledo prison, according to the Associated Press.

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A renovated 9/11 memorial featuring a twisted piece of steel from the World Trade Center will make an appearance in Monday's Opening Day Parade.

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A University of Dayton researcher is creating a different way to study drugs that could potentially shorten the time it takes to develop them.

BrightFarms

BrightFarms, one of the "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food," has announced plans to build and operate a massive greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio that it says will be a model for scalable, sustainable and local farming.

Michael Keating

The Cincinnati agency in charge of Metro is projecting a $3 million deficit for 2018 with bigger losses going forward.

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A Cincinnati Police-federal government partnership targeting violent offenders is going so well the U.S. Attorney's Office is expanding it to Columbus.

University of Colorado

A team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers has developed a revolutionary process that cools buildings without the use of refrigerants or electricity.

The material, described in the journal Science, is a glass polymer hybrid and even under direct sunlight can cool objects.

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Fueled by the heroin crisis, there are now more kids in Hamilton County foster care than in the past two decades.

Cincinnati Police

In a weekend Walnut Hills incident described as an "ambush," domestic violence suspect Damion McRae allegedly pointed his  9mm carbine rifle at Cincinnati Police Officer Ken Grubbs and started shooting. The officer sustained injuries to his abdomen but is expected to survive.

Ohio Department of Transportation

Ohio has its foot on the gas accelerating an effort to grow its self-driving vehicle industry. After success last fall, The Ohio Turnpike and OTTO are planning more tests this spring and summer for self-driving tractor trailers across Ohio's northern corridor.

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You may not realize it but the soil is buzzing with conversation. Plants talk to one other. Some conversations are nice and others are nasty.

Through a fungal network plants can warn each other of pending attacks by bacteria or bugs or they can  send herbicides they manufacture to kill other plants.

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Organizers of the January 21 Women's March in Cincinnati, where thousands came out to demonstrate against the Trump administration, as well as policies and rhetoric put forth during the election, are continuing the momentum with a strike and rally Wednesday.

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Damage estimates from last week's tornado and thunderstorms are over $1 million in Clermont County.

According to the building department, six structures were destroyed, 14 had major damage, and 28 had minor damage. Those buildings included residential, business, and agricultural structures.

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Cincinnati Fire dispatchers are now sending crews to emergencies based on their actual real-time physical location  instead of where their fire houses are located.

This real-time GPS vehicle location dispatch has been used by other departments, including Toledo and Columbus, for years, but is new to Cincinnati, the first in Hamilton County to use it beginning this past January.

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Update 3:50 p.m.:

The heaviest rain in Hamilton County from this morning's storms fell in the west and northeastern corners. Metropolitan Sewer District Director Gerald Checco says other than last August's heavy rain, it was the biggest storm in years.

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