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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Plans for more solar on city building rooftops in Cincinnati are looking up this year.

Director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability Larry Falkin says the city laid low in 2013 because the value of renewable energy credits was down and some state programs expired. "We think we're back in a situation where the economics work now and we have projects that we're working on and we hope to be able to announce them in the near future."

Falkin says the announcement could come in the next two to three months.

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Mechanical engineering and industrial design students at Cincinnati State will soon be better equipped to design, develop and manufacture some of the world's most sophisticated products.

Siemens, at its historic Norwood plant, announced it is giving $66.8M worth of Siemens software to Cincinnati State. Governor John Kasich says 500 Ohio companies use Siemens software, including Proctor and Gamble, GE Aviation and Ethicon, and that gives students who know how to use it, an advantage in advancing their careers.

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Critical care nurses are dividing their time between a dozen patients at the new UC Health Simulation Center but Lt. Col. Elena Schlenker has her eyes on one in particular.

“This patient is another blast injury,'' Schlenker said. "So he has bilateral amputations to his lower extremities. He’s obtained a chest wall trauma and he’s on a ventilator."

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Visitors to the Newport Aquarium's Turtle Canyon, set to open March 22, won't have any trouble seeing the exhibit's star, Bravo.

Bravo is the largest turtle in the Midwest, weighing in at 600 pounds. The Galapágos tortoise was hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz. In the next few weeks Bravo will arrive by truck and the aquarium will use a crane to get him inside.

Bravo will join Thunder, the oldest resident at Newport Aquarium at more than 100 years of age. Thunder is a 118 pound alligator snapping turtle.

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Flying Pig Marathon organizers are adding pets into the mix with the first "Flying Fur Run."

The 2-mile dog/owner run will be held on Saturday May 3 beginning at 1:30 p.m. near the Purple People Bridge.

Communication Manager Jason Taylor says this event "could be a warm-up for marathon participants."

For every dog and owner who sign up, IAMS will donate 1 large bag of pet food to the Cincinnati SPCA.

You can register for the IAMS event here.

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A lawsuit filed Monday in Cincinnati seeks a federal court order requiring Ohio to put the names of both people in same-sex marriages on the birth certificates of their children.

The plaintiffs include three lesbian couples who were married in other states where same-sex marriage is legal. All live in Greater Cincinnati. One of the women in each marriage is pregnant through artificial insemination. The babies will be born in Cincinnati hospitals in the next few months.

They are represented by attorney Al Gerhardstein.

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The nearly three-decade old Waterfront Restaurant broke free from its moorings and hit the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Thursday morning.

Kenton County Police initially closed the bridge until they could determine if there was any damage. They have since reopened it.

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 The Cincinnati Fire Department is looking into the possibility of using drones in the future. The city is partnering with the University of Cincinnati to test, what promises to be, a turn-key system.

The whirr and the sight of this small quadroter freezes University of Cincinnati students in their tracks as they stare at it in subzero temperatures.

Graduate Student Bryan Brown says, “Oh yes, every time we do this we have about 10 people stop and they’ll come up and take videos, especially when it’s warmer.”

The manufacturer of an airbag for skiers is putting the final touches on the product that continues to be tested in high-speed downhill events. Dainese, an Italian company that also makes airbags for motorcycle racers, had hoped to have the D-Air® SKI ready for the Sochi Olympics.

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UPDATE:

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is telling Republicans and Democrats on the Hamilton County Board of Elections to try to work out their differences on moving the board offices to Mt. Airy among themselves, before he casts a tie-breaking vote.

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Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman has ruled in favor of motorists who are suing Elmwood Place over its automated traffic speed cameras.

The decision, granting summary judgement, came Thursday and here are some of the highlights.

According to RealtyTrac, Cincinnati ranked fifth nationally in December when it came to the cities with the highest percentages of institutional investor purchases. These real estate investors are known as flippers and they buy lots of bank-owned foreclosed properties.

Read the report here.

Ohio EPA

One of the still hotly contested debates over fracking is whether the practice of extracting trapped gas underground contaminates drinking water. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using an expensive machine to determine whether, at least in eastern Ohio, any contamination is naturally occurring or from fracking.

There's no shortage of negative publicity when it comes to fracking. Take the 2010 documentary "Gasland."

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To settle a  lawsuit over a rare sports car with Cincinnati ties, Hamilton County Judge Norbert Nadel ordered it to be auctioned. That auction of the Ferrari 375-Plus is scheduled for this summer in London. Bonhams, a London auction house, has announced the car, formerly owned by Cincinnatian Karl Kleve, will be sold at The Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 27.

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