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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By the end of the day Wednesday or possibly Thursday, the EPA says the "recoverable" portion of Monday's New Richmond diesel fuel spill will have been captured by booms. As of Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. 1,000  gallons had been recovered.

Duke Energy says that during a routine transfer of fuel oil at its Beckjord Power Plant approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel was inadvertently discharged into the Ohio River. This caused Greater Cincinnati communities along the Ohio to close their water intake valves.

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Slugging it out on a court that is way hotter than the actual air temperature is a set-up for heat related illness according to Dr. Brian Grawe, a UC Health sports medicine surgeon, who was the doctor for tennis players at the Western & Southern Open. Right now there are a couple of common ways for them to cool down including waiting for ball boys and girls to bring wet towels.

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Saks Fifth Avenue, located in downtown Cincinnati, will apparently not move to Kenwood.  Developer Phillips Edison and Company said "due to the economics and conditions of the deal was no longer a viable opportunity for The Kenwood Collection," and it was no longer pursuing a lease with the store.

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Kenton County Judge/Executive-elect Kris Knochelmann says he will meet with Northern Kentucky lawmakers to draft a bill making the changes Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has recommended for the CVG Airport Board. Read the report here.

Knochelmann, who will take office in January, hopes the changes will be made quickly. He says he and others will go to Frankfort to lobby other legislators.

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Clinical trials are underway in Cincinnati and nationwide that could prove brain stimulation is beneficial to stroke victims.

The stimulation is actually turning off a part of the brain

As confusing as it sounds, the 1 hz "stimulation" actually shuts down the side of the brain unaffected by the stroke. This is because the non-lesioned side often takes over and hinders recovery.

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Nearly one year after Covington discovered its former finance director Bob Due had stolen almost $800,000 over more than a decade, the city finance department has dramatically tightened its financial reporting procedures. It is in the process of installing new software and is reorganizing the financial operations of every city department.

New Finance Director Lisa Goetz (a former auditor and comptroller) now requires:

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It's a waiting game now as judges in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals mull over arguments to both overturn and uphold federal decisions in same sex marriage cases. They involve decisions in four states including Ohio and Kentucky.

Nobody knows how or when the court will rule. Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan want cases overturned that grant the right to marry, recognize out of state marriages and allow same-sex parents on birth certificates and partners on death certificates.

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University of Cincinnati scientists have literally drilled down through the teeth of mammoths and mastodons to discover their habits in what’s believed to be the first study of its kind in the region.

UC paleoecologist Brooke Crowley borrowed some mammoth and mastodon teeth from the Museum Center with hopes of finding out where they lived and what they ate. The specimens, very small amounts of white powder from the teeth, were eventually sent to the University of Illinois for  testing.

The process

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UPDATE:  UC says the body was that of 20-year-old  Caleb Harrison Groves, a student at Cincinnati State.

University of Cincinnati police are investigating the discovery of a body Wednesday morning.

Spokeswoman M.B. Reilly says the deceased male apparently fell from the Calhoun Garage.

She says there is no evidence of foul play.

The still unidentified male was discovered about 4:00a.m. by somebody running on the track.

UC police hope to have more information later today.


A federal appeals court in Cincinnati is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in six separate cases involving four states.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider challenges to state same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan.

So many reporters and court observers are expected the court will have two overflow rooms with live audio streaming of the oral arguments.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is appealing two local cases: