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 Children's Hospital Medical Center scientists, in the process of creating a human gastrointestinal system in a lab, have grown an esophagus.

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A Cincinnati company is pitching colleges and universities nationwide with a way to keep track of their students. It involves a long-range Bluetooth beacon and a downloadable app.

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Cincinnati Council is expected to approve funding next week for Price Hill to use ShotSpotter. It's the technology that allows police to pinpoint the source of gunfire. It's already in Avondale, and police say it's reduced the number of people shot in there by 52 percent.

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Cincinnati sustainability enthusiasts are actively recruiting Downtown building owners to become a part of a  new 2030 District. The pitch is: joining would reduce energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions by the year 2030.

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Cincinnati karaoke bar Tokyo Kitty and The Brooklyn Barge in New York City are beta testing high-tech ways to order and deliver drinks. For Tokyo Kitty, on Race near Fifth Street, your cocktail is delivered by a robot.

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Friends of Pruthvi Kandepi, a Fifth Third Bank consultant killed in Thursday's downtown shooting, gathered Sunday to pay their respects in Sharonville.

Why Did He Do It?

Sep 7, 2018
Cincinnati Police

Cincinnati Police say they still don't know why Omar Enrique Santa-Perez came to downtown Cincinnati, entered the Fifth Third Tower and opened fire Thursday. He shot five people. Three of them died. Police killed him minutes later.

Courtesy of The Ohio State University

Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the Wexner Medical Center have discovered high levels of the hormone aldosterone, already associated with high blood pressure, more than double the chances of a person getting type 2 diabetes. For African-Americans, the risk is almost three-fold. Chinese-Americans are 10 times more likely to develop diabetes.

Butler County Sheriff's Office

The Butler County Sheriff's Department, the Hamilton City Health Department and the Butler County Board of Health are taking extra precautions to stop the spread of Hepatitis A after two inmates were diagnosed.

Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken

An employee of the Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken in Florence is the latest food service worker to test positive for hepatitis A. The Northern Kentucky Health Department says the employee was infectious while working on August 25 and 26.

WCPO

Cincinnati Public Schools take possession of two schools this weekend that should help the district deal with increased enrollment.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Once badly burned bears from previous California wildfires are back in their habitat thanks to the healing power of fish skins. It was a University of California at Davis veterinarian who first tried bandages made from sterlized tilapia skins on the bears, the first-ever use on animals.

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Low-income Hamilton County residents wrongly facing eviction, struggling with third-party debt collection cases and small claims issues have a new legal resource. The Help Center, located right inside the Hamilton County Courthouse, is run by the Municipal Court, the Clerk's Office and the University of Cincinnati's College of Law.

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More dockless scooters and bikes are coming to Cincinnati. Xavier University has contracted with Lime to supply them.

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After two years, Moose and Donni are still together. Moose is a chocolate lab and Donni, a cheetah. The Cincinnati Zoo paired the two up in 2016 so Donni could learn to run and play given that he didn't have any brothers or sisters who could teach him.

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Some lung cancer nodules are very small and undetectable until they grow larger, and that can signal a poor prognosis for the patient. Even if they are discovered at an early stage, finding them during surgery can be challening. But UC Health is seeing success detecting and marking the nodules with a procedure using radioactive material and a special probe that acts as a Geiger counter.

Courtesy / Midwest Black Family Reunion

The Black Family Reunion, a concept started nationally decades ago to celebrate the strengths and values of African-American families, lives on in Cincinnati - its only location now. During a news conference Tuesday, CEO Tracey Artis announced the theme for the August 17-19 event as "A People of Purpose."

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A CT machine, similar to those found in hospitals, is now in operation at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and at more than a dozen other airports across the country. This more advanced technology allows passengers to keep liquids and laptops inside their bags while going through security.

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With the Western & Southern Open in full swing, the Mason tournament says it is seeing record crowds. Monday broke a record, and officials are looking for equally big crowds Tuesday night with Roger Federer and Serena Williams taking Center Court.

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Kroger, Clifton Market and other grocery stores are taking a closer look at biodegradable packaging for fruits and vegetables, thanks in part to the efforts of farmers like Linda Fritz, who refuse to put their products in so-called plastic clam shells.

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Smart Cities around the world are at risk of getting hacked in everything from traffic control to flood prevention even as they spend $81 billion globally this year on data sensors to collect and integrate information. That's according to researchers from IBM Security and the data security firm Threatcare.

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Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell says she is focused on the three Es -- enrolled, enlisted, employed -- as the district tries to prepare students for graduation and keep them in Cincinnati after commencement. It's hoped a variety of partnerships, including one with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, will further the goal.

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A Tri-State emergency room nurse and her engineer husband are in the final stages of producing a potentially life-saving sensor and app. It would remind parents and caregivers there is a child in the backseat of a car, helping to prevent that child from potentially suffocating in the heat.

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Regarding the homeless campers on Third Street who refuse to leave, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says he has "obtained the assistance of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters" and will be filing actions in both state and federal court.

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Fourteen moving companies, which operated principally out of a business address in Hollywood, Fla., with a warehouse in West Chester, Ohio, are in trouble with the U.S. Justice Department.

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The Black United Front, one of the parties to the Collaborative Agreement that tackles ongoing community-police issues, has gone to court. It wants the Citizen Complaint Authority to be able to force police to be interviewed during an investigation.

Courtesy David Blank

The Kilauea volcano has been erupting since May, after a 6.9 eruption caused an earthquake that swallowed roads and homes and sent ash spewing 30,000 feet into the air. Researchers hope to determine the stability of the ocean floor near the erupting volcano in Hawaii, and so they've put a dozen seismometers on the ocean bottom this summer, with plans to retreive them in September. 

Danger Wheel

 Updated: July 30, 9:25 a.m. 

Thousands of people are expected to watch the 4th annual "Dangerwheel" competition in Cincinnati's Pendleton neighborhood this weekend. Sixty-four teams go head-to-head as adults ride Big Wheel-type bikes down hills and over jumps.

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The Cincinnati Music Festival, now in its 56th year, is expected to pump millions of dollars into the city's economy this weekend. The Cincinnati USA Visitor's & Convention Bureau estimates the 83,000 attendees, 80 percent of whom are from out of town, will spend $107 million.

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Ann Thompson / WVXU

Updated: 2:26 p.m.

Thursday Bird began testing its dock-free electric scooters in Cincinnati to the delight of many riders in Over-the-Rhine, Downtown and The Banks.

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