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 2019 and 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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Courtesy of Procter & Gamble

Visitors to this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas were wowed by Procter & Gamble's beauty and bathroom technology.

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Have a Heart Cincy, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Cincinnati's city limits and the largest dispensary in Ohio, is now open in Hartwell. What makes it unique is it's owned and operated by members of a church congregation.

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An appeals court will now decide if the sentence given to the owner of Evans Landscaping is fair. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett temporarily stayed Doug Evans' 21-month sentence for defrauding the city of Cincinnati and the state of Ohio by unlawfully landing millions of dollars worth of contracts meant for small and minority-owned businesses.

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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

After a year off for reasons said to be "practical, not ideological," the Cincinnati Women's March is back. Billing themselves as "peaceful, passionate and progressive," the organizers of the third Cincinnati Women's March are preparing for the Jan. 18 event to  be held at Sawyer Point.


Courtesy of Washington State University

It's no secret that road salt is not very sustainable. So, states like Ohio are looking for greener alternatives. It is using so-called "BEET HEET," a de-icer made with the vegetable.  A Washington State University professor is proving grape extract and other agricultural waste can be used. Research shows it melts ice faster and causes significantly less damage to concrete and asphalt than traditional methods.

Courtesty of WCPO

Federal Judge Michael Barrett has a lot of leeway when sentencing Newtown's largest landowner Doug Evans this month. The owner of Evans Landscaping could get probation, a lengthy prison term or anything in between for setting up a dummy company to fraudulently win contracts from the city of Cincinnati and the state of Ohio.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

An appeals court has overturned a permanent injunction that prohibited the Citizens Complaint Authority (CCA) from interviewing Cincinnati police during an ongoing criminal investigation. The CCA is responsible for investigating possible police misconduct.

Hoxworth Blood Center

Try to wrap your head around this: For the last six decades, Sister Damien Hinderer has been donating blood. For about 50 of those years, the 77-year-old has been making bi-monthly trips to Hoxworth Blood Center to donate blood platelets. The 81 gallons she's donated is more than enough to get Hinderer in the Blood Donation Hall of Fame.

Courtesy of Patriot One Technolgies

At Great American Ball Park, technology inside a couple of unobtrusive planters use artificial intelligence and magnets to make sure people coming inside don't have weapons or explosive devices. Ginter Electric, a Patriot One Technologies dealer, installed the system and is partnering with the Cincinnati Reds.  Ginter's T. J. Dooley is looking to sign up businesses, governments and schools.

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A Dayton task force will deliver recommendations in the first quarter of 2020 to address the city's high eviction rate, which ranks 26th in the country.

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Ahn Young-joon / AP

The parents of Cincinnatian Otto Warmbier are praising proposed expanded sanctions against North Korea, saying their son would approve. The college student was imprisoned there and died shortly after being returned to the U.S. in 2017.

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Robots may be helping to grow your salad greens. WVXU first told you about 80 Acres Farms when it had a single location in Spring Grove Village. Now it's expanded to Hamilton and is intent on helping others recreate its indoor robotic farming.

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Covington hopes to help at least 70 homeowners or renters eliminate lead-based paint. The city has won $1.66 million in federal funds to rid old homes of the hazard that is making children sick, or has the potential to do so.

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Hamilton County Judge Robert Ruehlman says he will announce on Jan. 22, 2020 whether to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit naming the City of Cincinnati and five of its employees in connection with the death of Kyle Plush. Even after repeated 911 calls, police were unable to locate the 16-year-old Seven Hills student who suffocated in his minivan.

University of Dayton's Human Rights Center

For the second year in a row, the University of Dayton's Human Rights Center, it's campus ministry and a law school advocacy group will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in Hamilton focusing on human rights abuses.

Reebok

Waste from the coffee you drank this morning at McDonald's may soon end up in a brand new Lincoln Continental. Reebok's new shoe offering next year is made from plants. These are just two examples of an increasing number of eco-friendly products by companies working toward a circular economy.

Courtesy of CVG

With ticket fares down 32% and passenger growth up 56%, the next thing CVG CEO Candace McGraw wants is more direct international flights. "They are at the top of my Christmas wish list," she says.

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John Minchillo / AP

Ohio Senator Rob Portman told reporters Tuesday as much as one-third of materials in recycling bins are going into landfills. "This is unacceptable and I think most of my constituents would be shocked to hear that." He has introduced legislation to educate people on what can be recycled and how our country can do it more cost effectively.

DEA

The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Ohio is preparing to prosecute nearly a dozen people who allegedly made and distributed fake prescription pills containing fentanyl. The DEA says counterfeit pills - which can kill those who take them - is a continuing problem in Ohio and Kentucky.

The Cincinnati man who bought the massive GM Lordstown plant is in fundraising mode as he prepares to manufacture electric pick-up trucks at the plant.

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