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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Provided / Cincinnati State

Update 5:38 p.m.: Cincinnati State says Provost Monica Posey will serve as interim president.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil is quick to brag on Deputy Tony Lipps and other members of the department who use their talents to de-stress.

"The message today (Tuesday) is in short, we're humanizing the badge but we're also letting other people in general understand that it is positive to have outlets," Neil said while taking the media on a tour of Lipps' newly rented Mt. Auburn art studio.

PSA Airlines

Dayton International Airport says PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of the former US Airways and now part of American Airlines, will break ground Thursday on a $14 million expansion at the airport. The expansion is a new 69,000 square foot hangar that will house aircraft and act as an engine parts storage facility for the regional carrier. Earlier this year PSA finished building a 7,500 square foot operations control center.

Wikipedia Commons / Steve Jurvetson derivative work: Mariordo

Just as Uber and Google ramp up testing for driverless cars on public streets, Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced at the Frankfort Auto Show they will develop autonomous cars. Other car manufacturers are already doing research in the robot car market, projected to be worth $42 billion by 2025.

Miami University

Shortly after the discovery of Homo naledi (a new ancestor of humans), Miami University says its anthropology students can hold precise plastic replicas of some of the fossils.

University of Dayton

Cenntro Motors, a Nevada-based company that develops all-electric commercial vehicles, has donated two electric trucks to the University of Dayton.

The two vehicles, unveiled Friday morning, will be plugged into service later this month to deliver mail and to be part of the university's parking services fleet.

City of Dayton

Update 4:10 p.m.:  Media reports say Price left because of "personal reasons." No other details are available.

Original Post: Dayton City Manager Warren Price, who has held that job since January, has announced he will step down Wednesday. Assistant City Manager Shelley Dickstein has been appointed Interim City Manager. No reason for the departure was given in a city news release.  A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

With $6.5 million left to raise of a $129 million renovation project, the Music Hall Revitalization Company  named architects  Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG) and Martinez + Johnson at a Monday news conference.

PWWG Managing Partner Alan Weiskopf called Music Hall "the living room of OTR and Washington Park."

Michael E. Keating

A special Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police meeting will go ahead Monday night despite the firing of Former Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

President Kathy Harrell said officers still want to discuss morale and staffing issues. Had Blackwell not been fired, they might have held a vote of "no confidence" in Blackwell. 

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals will start manufacturing the first FDA approved 3D printed pill in October in Blue Ash. Full production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016.

The pill is SPRITAM℗ for epilepsy patients and could be taken by as many as 3 million adults and children in the U.S. who suffer from seizures. Aprecia's next set of drugs will also be for the central nervous system. The  company says it has also formulated about 100 different prototypes for various other over-the-counter and RX products.