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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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.

rob portman
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.

can you bring pie on a plane
Jennifer Merritt / WVXU

Editor's note: This story first ran Nov. 19, 2018.

Don't be surprised if you see a passenger or two pull out a pie, a casserole or even a whole turkey while being screened at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport. TSA has rules for that.

Cincinnati Fire Department

Updated: Tuesday, 5:31 a.m.

Four people were injured and one person unaccounted for after a partial building collapse at the corner of Fourth and Race streets in downtown Cincinnati Monday afternoon.

Ford

Electric vehicles, equipped with a special manufactured sound at low speeds, are already hitting the car lots. The U.S. government will require the otherwise quiet vehicles to make noise by September 2020, to alert blind, visually impaired and distracted pedestrians.

A simple Facebook post brought Tristan Vaught and Nancy Dawson together. The post asked if gender reveal parties should be reserved for transgender kids when they come out and need new clothes.

The question sparked a conversation leading Vaught and Dawson to eventually start a charity that provides clothes to transgender kids and teens at no cost. It's called Transform, and it's in the back room of Dawson's Cincinnati bridal makeup business.

City of Cincinnati

A piece of property forty miles east of Cincinnati and the size of 750 football fields will be the site of the city's massive solar project, the largest in the U.S. run by a city. At a Thursday news conference city leaders said when the solar farm is finished in late 2021 it's expected to generate enough electricity to power 25,000 homes every day and save Cincinnati an estimated $1.7 million over the length of the 20 year contract.

boone county sheriff
Paul Weeden / WCPO

Two 14-year-old freshmen at Ignite Academy in Erlanger appeared in juvenile court Tuesday after they allegedly made threats to shoot up their school this week.

University of Dayton

The University of Dayton School of Engineering lab may be instrumental in helping airlines reduce their huge carbon footprint - an estimated 43 gigatons of pollution through 2050. That's nearly 5% of the world's remaining carbon budget.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

As Findlay Market approaches one of its busiest seasons, patrons and employees are discovering they have to pay more to park, especially on the weekends. Some merchants say it's a needed change to free up parking spaces. Others say the extra cost and hassle of downloading an app is hurting their business.

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The Amazon Air Hub at CVG isn't expected to open until 2021 but already it's starting to attract new business to the area. The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) says announcements by Amify and Satco are just the beginning of what is expected to be a large logistics and technology ecosystem.

UC East

By next summer UC Clermont will stop leasing space at the old Ford plant and have moved most classes back to its main Batavia campus. Dean Jeff Bauer says there's more demand for online and hybrid classes so it doesn't need the space.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Newly appointed U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio Dave DeVillers says he's already met with Cincinnati's police chief and briefly with Hamilton County's prosecutor. He's offering help in the crackdown on violent crime.

Courtesy of Cincinnati Children's

A serious lung complication for a small group of juvenile arthritis patients is causing concern for both Cincinnati Children's Hospital researchers and the families of patients.

Courtesy of Hope Squad

A University of Cincinnati sociologist and suicidologist, a champion of the school-based peer support team Hope Squad, finds a significant reduction in "suicide-related stigma" with schools that have Hope Squads. That translates into suicidal kids being more likely to get help.

TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Multiple media sources are reporting Lordstown Motors owner, Cincinnati's Steve Burns, plans to make electric trucks for fleets at GM's plant in Lordstown, which shuttered in March.

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