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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**Updated 4:37pm**

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency, which frees up state resources, including the National Guard, to aid local jurisdictions. 

So far, Kentucky Emergency Management reports the snow has been "dry",  and has not accumulated on trees and power lines, which means limited impact on the state's energy grid.

Some parts of the Bluegrass State could receive up to 16 inches by the time the snow ends tonight.

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Cedar Village is one of just a handful of places in Ohio to have special swimming pool treadmills that aid in rehabilitation. The two treadmills are part of the facility's $2.4 million aquatic therapy center which opened in October, 2014.

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Monday morning Mars One released the list of names of candidates who made it to the next round, and Cincinnatian Scott Stoll was not among them.

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In a crowded cafeteria at Shroder High School in Madisonville students line up at a vending machine where they can get a "grab and go" breakfast. Others are in line for a hot burrito and a piece of fruit.

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The popular bike sharing program, Red Bike, operational in Cincinnati for four months, now has its sights on Covington, Newport and Bellevue.

Executive Director Jason Barron says Northern Kentucky residents are excited about the possibility and are trying to find the funding.

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Inside a nondescript Loveland building, AMP Electric Vehicles is putting the finishing touches on the electric delivery trucks it’s building for UPS.

United Parcel Service ordered 18 of them for its Houston market and AMP CEO Steve Burns is trying to convince them to buy more of the electric trucks.

The electric truck

Organizers of Cov200 say they are hosting the "bash of the century."

Beginning Friday night you can be entertained by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra at a ragtime party, toast the town at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, and see showings of an original documentary.

Party planners say "over the course of three days, COV200 will host four events, each celebrating the pride, progress and future growth of Covington."

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Ten stories underground in an old Louisville limestone cavern, hundreds of bikers will converge Monday on what is being billed as the only underground bike park in the world.

The Mega Underground Bike Park suggests advance reservations for the soft opening. The park's website says it is 320,000 square feet and has 45 trails.  Bike rentals will be available beginning in March or April.

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During a kindergarten math class at Roselawn Condon School,  teachers throw around terms like schematic, fulcrum, balanced and unbalanced.

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When Governors John Kasich and  Steve Beshear hold a news conference in Covington Wednesday afternoon they are expected to elaborate on their plan to share the cost equally between Ohio and Kentucky. 

Many people are also wondering about a toll, something Northern Kentucky business leaders are against, but the governors say is necessary.

A study released in October 2013 projected $1 to $2 for cars; $3 to $6 for light trucks; and $5 to $10 for tractor-trailers.

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