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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An Italian company that makes power transmissions for mobile and self-propelled machines, operating near the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport since 2007, has finished an expansion and will hire 42 people.

Thursday Bonfiglioli USA, the company's North American headquarters, celebrated the opening of its first U.S. production line including planetary gearboxes for mobile machinery, used to support the construction, mining, agricultural and forestry industries.

Bonfiglioli USA is a subsidiary of Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A., is based in Bologna, Italy.

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Cincinnati Police are pointing to CIRV, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence, as making a dent in Over the Rhine crime.

Shootings are down 74-percent and robberies 12-percent. Assistant Chief Jim Whalen says police are in the process of arresting 83 people, mostly drug dealers, who operate to the west of the trendy bar and restaurant area. They started identifying the suspects about four months ago.

HomeWAV

Visiting an inmate at the Warren County Jail is now as easy as logging onto your computer.

The Sheriff's Department has contracted with the HomeWAV system to begin online inmate video visitation. "Video visitation is the wave of the future for correctional facilities," Sheriff Larry Sims said, "and Warren County is proud to offer it."

Lisa Ventre, University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati says it's the first public university in the United States to bring a Green Bond to market. The first-ever higher education green bond was offered by MIT in September.

Cincinnati and Dayton are among a handful of cities with double-digit increases in home prices since 2008 according to the RealtyTrac October 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report.

A new study by the UC Economics Center projects a 5.1 percent increase in holiday sales (November and December) this year over last in Cincinnati. This is slightly higher than the estimated growth in Ohio of 4.5 percent.

Director of Research Dr. Michael Jones looked at:

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Miami University students are mapping out molecular properties with the help of new ultrafast laser technology to better understand energy transfer for processes in collisions between atoms and molecules.

Enno Meyer / Cincinnati Museum Center

In the late 1800's Cincinnatians loved Indians and Indians loved Cincinnati.

Wild West shows at the end of the 19th century were big because the frontier had disappeared and people were enamored with all things Indian. So when a Wild West show in Bellevue, Kentucky closed up, and Cree Indians from Montana were stranded, the Cincinnati Zoo came to the rescue, as far as the Native Americans were concerned.

Greater Cincinnati & NKY FIlm Commission

The movie business is bringing millions to the Tri-State, according to a new study by University of Cincinnati economists.

Carol, Miles Ahead and the A&E television series Renovation Row, all filmed in 2014, were responsible for adding $45.9 million in direct and indirect spending to the local economy.  The Economic Impact Study was commissioned by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

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During his elementary and teenage years Jake Goodwin was sometimes overlooked in class. It wasn't that he didn't have anything interesting to say. In fact, the Mariemont High School sophomore has a lot to say, but sometimes he isn't understood. He suffers from a speech disorder that makes it hard to say the "r" sound.

"It always bothered me but after so many years of just no success at changing it I more or less accepted it as part of myself."

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Two Ohio turkeys, part of the presidential pardon flock, got a red carpet welcome from students at the Oyler School in Lower Price Hill today. They live in Mercer County in a custom-built barn. On Monday Nobember 24th two others will travel to Washington to meet President Obama.

Some kids were inquisitive and others were scared. Lavar, in a line of second graders to see the caged birds said, "I'm scared. I've never seen turkeys before."

Google

Researchers from Google X, Stanford and Duke plan to drill down to the most basic level of the human body. They want to determine what we look like when we're well, so doctors know sooner when we are becoming sick.

Here's how it will work initially:

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The Bureau of Prisons confirms Diana Frey, former president of Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (CODE) sentenced in 2012 on embezzlement charges, is now on home confinement and will be released March 20, 2015.

Bureau spokesman Chris Burke says Frey was transferred from Alderson prison camp in West Virginia to a Cincinnati halfway house September 22. She began home confinement October 30.

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The federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld anti-gay marriage laws in Ohio and three other states.

In a break with other circuit court decisions, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati decided two-to-one to uphold lower court rulings against same-sex marriage in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Many are speculating this could lead the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue. And Ohio plaintiffs attorney Al Gerhardstein says he and his clients do intend to ask the Court to do just that.

State economic development directors have to love this kind of news. Site Selection Magazine is out with its 2014 Top State Business Climate Rankings and Ohio and Kentucky are in the top ten. Indiana is number 13.

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