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

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Demolition begins Thursday on what will soon be the largest vacant site in Hamilton County. Gibson Greeting Card closed in 2000 and the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority looks to redevelop it into an advanced manufacturing site.

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A Green Township man turned would-be terrorist will be sentenced in federal court in Cincinnati Monday morning. Christopher Cornell was arrested almost two years ago when he was buying semi-automatic weapons and 600 rounds of ammunition. The Justice Department says he planned to build, plant, and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol and then use the firearms to shoot and kill employees and officers there. The government says Cornell established and used Twitter accounts and that's...

Ohio State

Hidden underneath their jerseys during the Ohio State-Michigan football game, a microchip tracked the Buckeyes' speed, distance and direction in real time. It's one of three devices the players are wearing to improve their performance. The football players, and now Ohio State wrestlers and lacrosse players, are wearing the devices because they are the test subjects for Wright Patterson Air Force Base researchers looking to adapt human performance monitoring on the battlefield. Dr. Josh Hagen...

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is calling on the public to report any suspicious activity on or around Thanksgiving that resulted in racially charged graffiti on the Loveland Bike Trail, part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

Cincinnati Reds

Despite some nudging by individual teams, Major League Baseball is taking technology baby steps. Earlier this year it lifted its ban of smartphones, tablets and laptops in the dugout and inked a deal with Apple for iPad Pros.

WCPO

Duke Energy Beckjord LLC and its president Charles Whitlock pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday in connection with a 2014 oil spill into the Ohio River.

Pool

In a news release the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office says Joe Deters will announce his decision on whether to retry former University of Cincinnati Police officer Ray Tensing at a press conference Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. According to our news partner WCPO Deters has three options: "bring the same charges, seek only voluntary manslaughter or lesser charges, or drop the case. Under the second option he would bring the new charge(s) to a different grand jury. If the grand jury...

Wikipedia

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and UC's Economic Center are out with the latest state-wide holiday retail spending report and it's not as rosy as last year . Data suggests a 1.54 percent increase in spending in November and December. Dr. Jennifer Shand, Senior Research Associate at the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, says the slight decline in this year's growth rate is partly because of increasing Internet purchases and people buying more "experience and entertainment gifts,...

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The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority , in cooperation with Walnut Hills residents, is creating a kind of "super block" at Morgan and Copelen. Three pre-finished modular homes will be delivered November 29 weather permitting. Across the street three existing homes will be rehabbed.

Ohio Turnpike

In the next month you could start seeing self-driving vehicles in Ohio. The state has been quietly marketing itself to manufacturers as a ready, willing and able partner in the self-driving vehicle arena.

Ohio Department of Transportation

Friday morning the Ohio Department of Transportation will commemorate the completed construction of the state's tallest bridge, the Jeremiah Morrow on I-71 north of Lebanon. The original bridge, built in the early 1960s, was made of steel with a very international crew. Education Director of the Warren County Historical Society John Zimkus says of the 81 workers 60 were Native Americans, most likely Kahnawake Mohawks who were not afraid of heights and even today build skyscrapers across the...

WCPO

The NCAA says Thomas More College, winner of two straight Division III women's basketball championships, will have to vacate all 33 wins for the 2014-2015 season because it used an ineligible player. Consequently the school was stripped of its national title for that season.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Ohio State University researchers are using special glasses to help patients fully recover after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The glasses help rewire the brain after documented changes following a knee injury. The scientists compared brain scans of healthy adults versus those recovered from ACL injuries when extending and flexing the knee. "The brain fundamentally changed in how it processes information from an injured knee," said Dustin Grooms, a researcher who...

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Published reports say President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Cincinnati Mayor, Ohio Treasurer and Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to lead his domestic transition team. The Associated Press obtained an organizational chart for the transition team and reports former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, who used to work for the FBI is leading national security planning. Joseph "Keith" Kellogg, a retired Army Lt. general, is heading defense planning. Blackwell will handle domestic issues....

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Butler County Board of Elections Deputy Director Jocelyn Bucaro was direct and to the point when hosting an 11:30 a.m. conference call with reporters Tuesday about how the election was going halfway through the day . "It's going smoothly," Bucaro said. She said long lines had cleared out from the morning and midday voters were able to get in and out quickly. The busiest polling places were in Lakota, Monroe, parts of Fairfield and Middletown. In Hamilton County, 125 Board of Elections...

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