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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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

A 15 year old Butler County teen, who admitted shooting two students and injuring two others inside the Junior/Senior Madison High School cafeteria, has been sentenced.

NASA

Ohio is cashing in on the future of space exploration by supplying parts and helping to test the Orion spacecraft which is slated to go to Mars in the 2030s.

This spring NASA launched acoustic testing in Sandusky, Ohio for the Orion. The testing was done at the Glenn Plum Brook Station, the world's most powerful spacecraft acoustic test chamber.

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The proposed Cincinnati Public School levy will be just shy of 8-mills.

According to CPS Spokeswoman Janet Walsh, the actual ballot language still has to be approved by the board, but the millage amount has been certified as 7.93.

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Update 06/01/16:  The family of the child who fell into the exhibit issued this statement Wednesday:

“Our child has had a checkup by his doctor and is still doing well. We continue to praise God for His grace and mercy, and to be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child.

We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us. Some have offered money to the family, which we do not want and will not accept. If anyone wishes to make a gift, we recommend a donation to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name.”

The family continues to decline all interview and meeting requests.

Update 05/31/16:  Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters issued this statement Tuesday morning: 

“The incident at the Cincinnati Zoo involving the young child who fell into the gorilla enclosure is under investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department.  Once their investigation is concluded, they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges.  When the investigation and review are complete, we will update the media.”

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, including Toyota are already doing research in the robot car market, projected to be worth $42 billion by 2025. According to newscientist.com London plans to deploy driverless cars by the end of the year.

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Update 05/29/16 at 3 p.m.: The Cincinnati Zoo says it had to make the "difficult decision" to kill 17-year-old gorilla Harambe because tranquilizing was not an option.

Mark Heyne / WVXU

Roads are expected to be jam packed this weekend with almost 90 percent of the more than 38 million Americans traveling by car. In Ohio 1.4 million people will drive to places like Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Carolina beaches.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac offers thoughts and prayers to the Frost family but defends the off-duty police officer who shot and killed 20-year old Terry Frost.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

In the past year and a half the City of Mason has attracted more than $400,000,000 in new biotechnology investment and 2,400 jobs. How did city leaders do it? By laying the groundwork years ago, as reported in 2013 by WVXU.

Update 05/24/16: The Cincinnati Board of Education unanimously approved the resolution Monday night.

Original Post: Members of the Cincinnati School Board will vote Monday night on whether to put an emergency tax levy on the ballot this fall. Board President Erika Copeland-Dansby says the five-year levy, which would produce $48 million annually, is needed.

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