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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Star Sailor Energy and Aerospace Research Systems (ARSI) now have funding to scale up an energy storage system and on-demand power module that could one day fit in your pocket and charge your cell phone.

Cincinnati aerospace scientist and company CEO Dr. Pamela Menges invented the storage system that she  says is greener than a battery because it doesn't use chemicals and generate heat. She says it can:

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Hamilton County will pay $800,000 in the case of a former morgue attendant, Kenneth Douglas, who was convicted of sexually abusing bodies. Additional non-economic terms will also be announced when they are determined.

Three families sued the county. The maximum they could have been awarded is $3.2 million.

Attorneys for the families say they will pursue a judgment for damages from Douglas in the amount of $2,450,000.00. However, Douglas is in default so it's unclear how much they could ever end up collecting.

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AK Steel has announced plans to build a "World-Class Research and Innovation Center" one mile east of I-75's Middletown exit near the Atrium Hospital.

The $36 million facility will replace the current one on another Middletown site. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late spring or early summer on the 15-acre site.

AK Steel's Director of Government and Public Affairs Barry Racey says the new research facility will focus on three key areas:

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Last month's Consumer Electronic Show reminded us just how advanced household appliances can be. Refrigerators and washing machines talk to you via text message. The LG Home Chat Fridge lets you know what it still has and what you need. A smart washing machine can start remotely and let you know when your laundry is done.

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The U. S. Coast Guard says there are big chunks of ice  hovering along the banks of the Ohio River but the agency does not expect the river to freeze and disrupt any traffic in the next few days.

What does concern Chief Warrant Officer Mark Nemec is the additional snowfall and warm-up this weekend. He says, "I was looking at the river stages that are reported from NOAA and it looks like we will see an increase, starting this weekend, and going into next week where the levels will rise."

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