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 India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS.

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Cincinnati Fire dispatchers are now sending crews to emergencies based on their actual real-time physical location  instead of where their fire houses are located.

This real-time GPS vehicle location dispatch has been used by other departments, including Toledo and Columbus, for years, but is new to Cincinnati, the first in Hamilton County to use it beginning this past January.

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The heaviest rain in Hamilton County from this morning's storms fell in the west and northeastern corners. Metropolitan Sewer District Director Gerald Checco says other than last August's heavy rain, it was the biggest storm in years.

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Cincinnati Police, the Coroner's Office and City officials are putting drug users and first responders on alert that there's another tainted batch of heroin back on the streets. Nine addicts died this weekend in Price Hill and Delhi Township.

Meadowlane Farms

Farm animals are increasingly becoming sources of deadly microorganisms like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and that drug-resistant bacteria could be traveling from the farm to your table.

Science Journalist Melinda Wenner Moyer, in an article written for Scientific American, visited three Indiana hog farms last year and witnessed, in two of the cases, crowded barns and special feed laced with antibiotics.

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Secure your purses, and don't travel alone is the advice from Cincinnati Police to Hispanic women in East Price Hill who are increasingly victims of crime.

Immigrant Affairs Liaison Officer Richard Longworth isn't willing to put all the blame on heroin users looking for cash but it does play a role. Hispanics report being robbed in the middle of the day on the street and outside their homes.

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For the first time in a decade a local LEGO league team has advanced to the World Tournament and will compete in St. Louis from April 26-29.

Miami University

"Alarming" is how Miami University officials describe the hospitalization of 21 students this weekend for alcohol abuse.

The ambulance runs started when a self-imposed moratorium by sororities and fraternities on alcohol events expired Thursday following  "rush," or the recruitment of new pledges.

University spokeswoman Claire Wagner says President Gregory Crawford had about 50-55 sorority and fraternity presidents at his home Friday to talk about the problem. He has also asked student leaders, faculty and staff for input about what else to do.

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WNKU-FM's unique adult album alternative format will be replaced by religious programming later this year after the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents Tuesday voted unanimously to sell two of the school's three FM stations: 

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Just in time for tornado season Ohio is offering rebates to build a safe room.

A couple of years ago retired Cincinnati Police Captain Richard Schmalz built one. "Several people thought I was nuts building the safe room but at the time Ohio was paying 87.5 percent of it and I just thought to myself it's just a cheep insurance policy."

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DESĪN, with offices in Dayton and Michigan, is introducing  Obi™  the robotic dining companion.

For inventor Jon Dekar it was a very personal decade long project. While in high school volunteering, he watched the disabled struggle as well as his own grandfather who slowly lost the ability to feed himself. "You know, it's one of life's basic needs and it's also a fundamental freedom. It's a very intimate personal experience."

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Chevy commands attention while walking the halls of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center even though he's below eye level.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

New Hamilton County Justice Center inmate Lemario Gilbert thought he had an airtight plan to use and deal drugs inside the jail, but swallowing eleven balloons filled with marijuana and Suboxone proved to be a big mistake.

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The Canadian chain Hudson's Bay Co., which owns Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, is in discussions to buy Macy's, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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The White House administration's travel and immigration ban is alarming colleges and universities in Greater Cincinnati and beyond.

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Amazon has announced it plans to build a $1.49 billion air services hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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