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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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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."

Ohio River Way

You have a chance to weigh in Friday on a plan to turn railroad tracks between Lunken Airport and The Montgomery Inn Boathouse into a bike and walking trail.The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), one of several key players in the multi-million dollar Oasis Line project, will hold a listening session so the community can give its voice to the plan. SORTA spokeswoman Sallie Hilvers says the organization has already heard from other stakeholders.

Sarah Ramsey

Update 2/19/15: In a news release the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) reports response teams on site at the West Virginia train derailment have found little, if any, oil in the Kanawha River, an Ohio River tributary.

The GCWW says, "Water samples have been collected hourly from the river. No oil has been detected in the samples."


Bill Rinehart / WVXU

**Updated 4:37pm**

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency, which frees up state resources, including the National Guard, to aid local jurisdictions. 

So far, Kentucky Emergency Management reports the snow has been "dry",  and has not accumulated on trees and power lines, which means limited impact on the state's energy grid.

Some parts of the Bluegrass State could receive up to 16 inches by the time the snow ends tonight.

Scott Stoll

Monday morning Mars One released the list of names of candidates who made it to the next round, and Cincinnatian Scott Stoll was not among them.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cedar Village is one of just a handful of places in Ohio to have special swimming pool treadmills that aid in rehabilitation. The two treadmills are part of the facility's $2.4 million aquatic therapy center which opened in October, 2014.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

In a crowded cafeteria at Shroder High School in Madisonville students line up at a vending machine where they can get a "grab and go" breakfast. Others are in line for a hot burrito and a piece of fruit.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The popular bike sharing program, Red Bike, operational in Cincinnati for four months, now has its sights on Covington, Newport and Bellevue.

Executive Director Jason Barron says Northern Kentucky residents are excited about the possibility and are trying to find the funding.

Organizers of Cov200 say they are hosting the "bash of the century."

Beginning Friday night you can be entertained by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra at a ragtime party, toast the town at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, and see showings of an original documentary.

Party planners say "over the course of three days, COV200 will host four events, each celebrating the pride, progress and future growth of Covington."

Ten stories underground in an old Louisville limestone cavern, hundreds of bikers will converge Monday on what is being billed as the only underground bike park in the world.

The Mega Underground Bike Park suggests advance reservations for the soft opening. The park's website says it is 320,000 square feet and has 45 trails.  Bike rentals will be available beginning in March or April.

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