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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Emily Wendler / WVXU

Rumpke realizes your (recycled) trash could be another company's treasure. Armed with a brand new $32 million, 100,000 square foot sorting center in St. Bernard, Rumpke is taking tons of recyclables off the street and marketing the material to paper mills and businesses that buy plastic and other goods.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

International nuclear weapons inspectors are preparing to get a closer look at two Iranian facilities long suspected of having the capability of producing nuclear weapons. An agreement worked out Monday, with the International Atomic Energy Agency, failed to gain access to one of the most controversial sites, the Parchin military site, southwest of Tehran. The New York Times reports:

Phillips Edison

Update:  Cincinnati officials react:

Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld tweeted "Yes, it would have been nice to keep @Saks in the City, but I remain very bullish about Downtown. Our momentum will continue to snowball"

DCI President David Ginsberg says, while sad to lose Saks to Kenwood, the Race Street Corridor is undergoing a lot of change and he sees more development coming downtown.

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Taser International

It was this report, released by attorney Al Gerhardstein a year ago, that helped prompt the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police to study Tasers and issue a guidance report. Chairman of the committee that wrote the report, Joseph Lally, stresses his group did not have any intention of establishing a blanket policy.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

UPDATE:

At a media unveiling Wednesday UC researchers spelled out the specifics of the agreement with NASA. The Space Act Agreement, signed with NASA's Ames Research Center in California, clears the way for collaboration in four key areas:

  • Intelligent Systems and Structures (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • Nanomedicine and Biomedicine
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Analytics and Cyber Security

UC students will also have access to the Ames wind tunnel, the largest in the world.

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Holly Yurchison / WVXU

Key stakeholders in Ohio's bioscience industry just wrapped up a two day conference in Columbus where they charted their roles for an expanding future. BioOhio President and CEO John Lewis says the goal this year was to get more companies engaged and realize the resources available to them in Ohio.

Cincinnati Zoo

How do you effectively determine if a polar bear is pregnant? By using a dog to sniff its poop of course! Scientists at the Cincinnati Zoo's Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) are working with this two-year old beagle, named "Elvis."

A new study published by Pediatrics says obesity is the largest predictor of earlier onset puberty in girls. Researchers in Cincinnati (Children's Hospital), San Francisco and New York City studied 1,239 girls ranging in age from 6 to 8 at enrollment and followed at regular intervals from 2004 to 2011.

Girls with early maturation have greater risk of these:

GE Aviation

GE Aviation and University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) have signed an agreement to collaborate at the new GE Aviation Research Center in Evendale and its three labs. GE says, "the scope of this agreement marks a first in Ohio between a leading aerospace company and a leading university research institute."

The labs making up the new research center:

Mark Rober, Digital Dudz, Morphsuits

Need a last minute idea for a Halloween costume that could light up the party, and in some cases, gross out your friends? Ray Cappel, co-owner of Cappel's, costumes, party decorations & supplies in Cincinnati, says if you know how to accessorize, you can make your costume very unique. He pulled a few technology-related items off the shelf and suggested:

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