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 Zoo

The oldest white tiger in any accredited North American zoo has died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Twenty two year old Akere lost his battle with oral cancer Thursday.

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Updated 5:55 p.m.

In a Dec. 20 memo to members of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library Trustees a library committee recommends retaining ownership and re-purposing the North building instead of selling it. The trustees will also put a new levy on the May 2018 ballot. 

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The Kentucky Transportation Department (KYTC) says the consultants it hired to do a bridge study recommend building another bridge across the Ohio River to improve safety and travel on I-71 and I-75 between Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

This would be in addition to the Brent Spence Bridge.

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Wilmington Air Park, with 12 companies and 1,200 employees, is ready to embark on $3 million worth of  improvements in the first quarter of 2018 as it looks to retain its customers, help them expand and position itself for other opportunities.

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Researchers around the world are realizing how easy it is for criminals to manipulate voices and videos to make people look and sound like they are saying things that they didn't really say.

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Bitcoin enthusiasts took what could be the first step Tuesday toward teaching some Tri-state residents about cryptocurrency. CPROP co-founder Adam Koehler and organizer of the "Day for Crypto Conference" hopes this helps position the area as an expert in this technology.

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Three companies are applying for medical marijuana dispensaries in Cincinnati's Columbia Township. Administrator Mike Lemon says the clinics project they could do as much as $50 million in business in three to five years, significantly contributing to the economy.

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Born out of a dream to avoid traffic jams, Workhorse CEO Steve Burns has built an electric helicopter. The Loveland company known for its electric delivery trucks will show off its personal flying machine at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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The University of Cincinnati's Sean Davidson and a team of researchers from around the U.S. and Australia have discovered how HDL (high-density lipoproteins), the so-called "good" cholesterol, is generated. That could lead to the development of new drugs.

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Even though the Cincinnati Reds finished 2017 with one of the worst records in Major League Baseball, at 68-94, fans filled Redsfest dreaming of the day the team will be back on top.

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U.S. Magistrate Michael Newman is proud of his district's Reentry Court, calling it one of the best in the nation alongside Minneapolis. Ten more ex-convicts graduated November 9, 2017, from the program that began in 2012 and continues to see a drop in recidivism.

Bird Control Group

Move over scarecrows. Farmers are taking a new look at lasers as a way of scaring away birds who are eating their crops.

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Former Cincinnati council member and mayor Bobbie Sterne blazed a trail in politics for generations of  women in politics for generations to come. She died last Wednesday at the age of 97. 

She was a mentor and a role model to women like former mayor Roxanne Qualls and Hamilton County commissioner Denise Driehaus, along with hundreds of other women who admired her and emulated her passion for public service. 

Last week, Cincinnati mayor John Cranley called Sterne "a true Champion of Cincinnati's spirit ."

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Thanksgiving travel at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport is up 14 percent this year because of more flights, destinations and bigger planes.

Walmart

What's missing for customers who've embraced the online shopping experience is the ability to try on clothing and try out items before buying them. Enter virtual reality (VR) and big investments by Walmart, Amazon, Ikea and others.

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In what's believed to be the first dedicated facility at a pediatric medical center, Cincinnati Children's is planning to launch the Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) to grow human organs.

Dr. Bryan Goldstein, a pediatric interventional cardiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, jumps at the chance to be a problem solver. Two years ago he collaborated with other doctors to save the life of a liver transplant patient. The approach he developed is now being used to save other lives.

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Have you ever wanted to turn down the sound of a TV sports announcer and turn up the crowd noise or hear the coaching? It's possible with 3D audio technology from Fraunhofer available in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Fueled in part by the opioid crisis, an increasing number of grandparents and other relatives need to get custody of Hamilton County children and don't have the legal background needed to fill out all the forms. They are now benefiting from Juvenile Court's new Custody and Companionship Clinic which offers free legal help.

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Beginning in January 2018, Cincinnati Police will dispatch a member of a newly created Women Helping Women special team called DVERT (Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team) to the scene of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes.

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Older adults at The Knolls of Oxford, a continuing care retirement community, are embracing robotic pets. Two pretend cats and a dog now make their home there and don't have any trouble making friends.

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The IRS is agreeing to a settlement in a case alleging Greater Cincinnati employees targeted Tea Party groups for their political beliefs. Plaintiff's attorney Eddie Greim says the government will pay "seven figures" to more than 400 groups to settle NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. Internal Revenue Service.

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The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade will not be on Opening Day next year. Chairman Neil Luken says the market voted to hold it the Monday after the Thursday opening day game because it would be bad for their Easter business.

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Over-the-Rhine residents are putting drug dealers and prostitutes on notice as they partner with police in a renewed effort to clean-up the area.

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More than a month after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, a third of residents are still without drinking water. But a Tri-State water technology non-profit is working to lower those numbers by bringing in purification equipment and training people twice a day.

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Dayton educator Kevin Cornell ("Mr. C") is bringing his lighthearted science lessons to public television this fall. The one-minute segments called "Full STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Ahead" air between kids shows and tease experiments that are later explained in full on a website.

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A University of Cincinnati study shows bariatric surgery can lower a woman's risk of developing cancer by at least a third.

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Update 10:45 a.m.: Nelson Peltz will not be sitting on Procter & Gamble's board of directors. Preliminary results show shareholders have rejected Peltz's board bid. The vote must still be certified.

Cincinnati Children's

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will soon be getting a newly-approved drug that uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.  Kymriah, as it’s known, gives new hope to the families of kids with leukemia.

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Cincinnati Zoo keepers didn't have any trouble coaxing the hippos to chomp down on pumpkins as part of a preview for "HallZOOween." Fiona and her parents quickly swam over and opened their giant mouths.

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