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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The deadline to submit applications for Cincinnati Public Schools' new online magnet school lottery is Sunday.

In August, the district announced it was suspending the camp-out system for a year in favor of a lottery.

According to the 2015 Ohio Retail Holiday Forecast, prepared by the UC Economics Center, Cincinnati will have the biggest increase in Ohio holiday retail sales from 2014 to 2015 at 5.6 percent.

For the state, University of Cincinnati economists predict an average increase of 4.2 percent in November and December. The national average is 3.7 percent.

Annette Stowasser

To the non-scientist, the Sunburst Diving Beetle doesn't look any different than your average beetle. But put it under a microscope and examine the complexity of its eyes. You will see bifocal eyes-six sets of them.


It's something new everyday for employees of the Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College as they unbox 1,500 to 3,000 ancient and modern art pieces donated by the now closed B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C.

The collection acquired in May, 2015 is more than quadrupling the size of the museum's holdings, making it one of the largest and most important Jewish museums in the Midwest.

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In the words of one Longworth Hall employee, "The floodgate of tailgaters" began at 2:00 Monday, six and a half hours before kickoff between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans.

Everything from Bengals decorated buses, to campers, to trucks with heavy-duty grills streamed into 700 West Pete Rose Way all afternoon.

Jake Murray, Mike Steirs and friends have one of the flashiest set-ups complete with Bengal-themed cornhole competitions and a big spread of food.


The space superpowers of China, Russia and the United States, as well as aspiring spacefaring nations such as Iran and North Korea, all have the capability to disrupt the global satellite operations that govern many aspects of life. GPS navigation, international phone calls, financial transactions, weather prediction and nuclear missile launch surveillance could all be affected.

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A new 2015 Regional Indicators Report comparing 12 "peer cities" in transportation has Cincinnati near the bottom in some categories and in the middle in others.

The report from Agenda 360, Skyward, Urban Land Institute and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber includes the following cities: Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh and St. Louis.

Key findings:

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Cincinnati Police are analyzing crime data in Westwood to determine who and what are causing violent crime to spike and how the community can help stop it.

In a meeting Friday, Crime Analyst Joe Lorenz told new District 3 Captain Aaron Jones and the Vice President of the Westwood Civic Association Shawntee Stallworth Schramm the intersections of Boudinot and Harrison and Harrison and McHenry are some of the worst spots for drug and gang related crime.

So far this year there have been 35 shootings in Westwood, compared to 10 last year.

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Festo, a German automation company with plans to move its logistics center to Mason by the spring of 2016, is busy showing off its research and development to area students.

Mason and University of Cincinnati students got a look at Festo's Bionic Learning Network where UAVs emulate nature to improve automation.

Before applying the principles behind its SmartBird, Festo needed helium to move robotics through the air.

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At the top of a knoll at the Vine Street Hill Cemetery shiny headstones now honor two Cincinnati Policemen who died in the line of duty a century ago and were buried in unmarked graves. A noontime ceremony at the cemetery Wednesday is giving them a proper burial.