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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Michael E. Keating

Cincinnati Police are determined the recent rash of shootings will not dampen the All-Star Game and surrounding events that begin July 10. Even before the 2014 game in Minneapolis, police began formulating a plan that will include:

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Inside a nondescript Loveland building, AMP Electric Vehicles is putting the finishing touches on the electric delivery trucks it’s building for United Parcel Service.  The U.S. Post Office might be the next customer.

UPS has ordered 18 of them for its Houston market and AMP CEO Steve Burns is trying to convince them to buy more of the electric trucks.

The electric truck

University of Cincinnati

First, an elementary lesson in solvents. They are used in a lot of things including drugs, tires, plastics and more. Most people believe solvents are necessary to mix certain chemical elements together.

Flexible doesn't have to mean flimsy. Think of a tree bending in a wind gust or a bird flying into a headwind. Soon Air Force planes will be outfitted with wing flaps that morph to make them more fuel efficient and quieter.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department is partnering with the public to attack the heroin epidemic head-on.

Part of the strategy is to hold two forums explaining what the department has done, how residents can help, and where we go from here.

Hebrew Union College

Over the next few weeks and months the staff at Hebrew Union College's Skirball Museum will be unboxing its newly acquired art collection. It contains 1,500 items including Rembrandt etchings, baseball memorabilia, and contemporary Israeli silver jewelry.

Provided / Kentucky Film Commission

Kentucky is upping the ante in its quest to attract more movies.

Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 340 into law this month, increasing the income tax credit from 20 percent to 30 percent; and giving added incentives for filming in certain counties and for using Kentucky labor.

Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo has produced what's believed to be the first non-human offspring using "glass" sperm. They are kittens named Elsa and Vito.

The Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) harvested domestic cat sperm and preserved it in ultra-rapid freezing liquid nitrogen to form "glass" rather than ice crystals. This process is called vitrification.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Police say they are seeing a rise in violent crime on the streets of Cincinnati and because of that are taking aggressive, but focused measures to combat it.

Friday began with the arrest of 13 people on Cincinnati's West Side. After a 2:00 news conference there were still another 13 left to go, according to District Three Commander Dan Gerard who is working with CIRV, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence.

Dottie Stover / University of Cincinnati

A University of Cincinnati researcher, studying the safety of hookah steam stones, has found residues of toxic metals in simulated smoking scenarios.

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