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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This year's MLK Cincinnati theme is anything but the peacemaking message of years past. Titled "Unfair, Unequal, Unacceptable," organizer Christina Brown says speakers will not be focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

CDC

Cybersecurity is such a high priority for the U.S. government that President-elect Trump is asking intelligence officials to do a major report on hacking in 90 days.

A recent report identified the top cybersecurity threats for 2017. They include:

East Tennessee Children's Hospital / YouTube

The number of babies born drug dependent continues to increase. In Greater Cincinnati and elsewhere neonatologists are looking for answers.

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This spring a camera will begin taking pictures of the Ohio River at California, Kentucky to identify rare but toxic algal blooms as much as a day before they become a danger to drinking water.

A partnership between Thomas More College, Northern Kentucky University, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is developing a network of cameras that will take pictures of the Ohio River and analyze the information in a computer algorithm.

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Cincinnati, known as Ohio's "solar capital," according to Director of Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability Larry Falkin, saw a 33 percent increase last year in residential solar installation.

He credits "Solarize Cincinnati," an incentive program where home owners bulk buy solar panels to drive down costs. That program will be opening to city residents early this year. Falkin encourages interested residents to get a free online assessment here.

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A roomful of patients have blank stares as they eye medical students and professionals inside a $3.3 million simulation laboratory at the Dayton VA Medical Center.

AAA

New numbers for 2016 show 26 percent of Hamilton County drivers pulled over for operating a vehicle under the influence were impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol.

CMHA

Residents of Cincinnati public housing may no longer smoke in their units or in common areas, as mandated by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), months ahead of the same order from the federal government.

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You can now own a piece of Cincinnati history.

The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and Building Value have announced the seats in the closed and soon-to-be-demolished Cincinnati Gardens are now for sale.

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A special lamp that mimics the sun could be the key to University of Cincinnati researchers developing a topical cream that may be able to repair skin damage from ultraviolet rays.

The solar simulator  was a gift from the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation and Melanoma Know More Foundation.

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A group of really smart students at Lakota East High School, known to fellow teens as the kids trying to find a cure for AIDS, is taking its plan to the next level by meeting with the head of AIDS research at the University of Cincinnati.

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.

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.

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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.

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