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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Count yourself lucky if you had a ticket to Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Right up until game time fans were wheeling and dealing.

Bill from Cincinnati, who didn't want to give his last name, just needed one ticket. He staked out  the northeast corner of Third and Main Streets and made contact with a local scalper. He told WVXU, "I've got a limit (but unfortunately) everybody else has a little bit higher limit." Bill's limit was $150.

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As of Friday, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier had the best betting odds at the online gaming website Bovada to win the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

Longtime Cincinnati sports writer John Erardi agrees the Reds player has an excellent chance of winning with his brother pitching and his second place finish last year. Erardi predicts the toughest round will be the first one when he competes against Prince Fielder.

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Breweries around the country are outdoing one another when it comes to going green.  No longer is giving spent grain to farmers the sole solution.   Companies are now looking at the entire sustainable picture, investing in expensive energy systems and changing ingredients.

WBUR details a few examples in "Survival of the Greenest Beer?"

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With so many tables of freshly printed t-shirts and hats how do fans make sure they are buying legitimate All-Star Game merchandise?

Ethan Orlinsky, Senior VP, Legal, Business & Club Affairs, Major League Baseball says, "...all licensed products must have a holographic sticker on them with a unique alphanumeric combination."

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Former Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre has made his biggest investment yet with the purchase of the Erie Seawolves, a Detroit Tigers AA team.

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The legalized marijuana market could be worth at least 36 billion dollars annually by 2020, bigger than the NFL, by some estimates. For that reason technology companies are wasting no time entering both the medical and recreational use arena.

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Many of veterinarian Dr. Bob Biederman's clientele are millennials and Gen Xers who live downtown. Often  they are the first to buy new pet technology.

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After years of legal limbo for same-sex couples in four states including Ohio and Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed an appeals court decision, deciding that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has opened an investigation into why 92 cases of possible child abuse or neglect in Boone County were either not assigned to social workers or ignored. It has also sent extra staff to the 12-county Northern Kentucky region to train and assist new staff.

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The University of Cincinnati calls its research on smart windows which simultaneously controls shade and privacy electronically at a low-cost "breakthrough." 

The patent-pending research from UC and its partners, Hewlett Packard and EMD/Merck Research Labs, is a roll-on coating made up of a honeycomb of electrodes.

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