Ohio farm field workers are joining others from across the country in Washington to urge legislators and the EPA to strengthen protections for laborers exposed to pesticides and other harmful agricultural by-products. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, or FLOC, says whistle blowers are often retaliated against and have difficulty finding work again. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked FLOC spokesman Mario Vargas to explain what dangers field workers are facing. (get more information about FLOC at www.floc.com )
While it may seem like an innocent joyride, giving a child a spin on the riding mower can quickly turn into disaster. More than nine-thousand children are treated for lawn mower related injuries each year. WNKU’s Matt Kelley has details on how to prevent a summer tragedy.
The Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps is looking for people to join their organization, which provides support for public health agencies during times of crisis. Spokesperson Jean Caudill says the local unit has more than 450 volunteers, but they still need more. Ms. Caudill explained the importance of the corps to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information by calling Jean Caudill at 859.363.2009 or email Jean.Caudill@nkyhealth.org )
Revelation Trail, an independent film with local roots will host its first area screening at the Madison Theater in Covington July 25th at eight o’clock. NKU professor John Gibson wrote, directed, and produced the feature length western-horror film.
The Kenton County Fair will be opening on Monday night June 15th, at the fairgrounds in Independence Kentucky. Spokesperson Nancy Koentrup talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what’s new at the event this year.( get details at www.kentoncountyfair.com )
The St. Elizabeth “STARS” program will host an equine grief camp for children at Potter’s Ranch in Union, Kentucky next week. Therapist Vivien Finnigan says dealing with death is never easy, but facing the process as a child can be even more difficult. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Ms. Finnigan about the camp; and what the acronym “STARS” stands for. (get details at www.stelizabeth.com or call or email Ms. Finnigan at firstname.lastname@example.org , (859)301-4612)
Registration for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshop in September is now open. Spokesperson Beth Spivey-Minch says it’s a great way for women to learn more about hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor pastimes. Ms. Minch talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about who can participate and what they’ll experience. ( get more information at www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/ )
The Boone County Public Library is offering a program that will allow people to explore a variety of pass-times and hobbies at the “30 things in 3 Hours” Festival on July 27th. Spokesperson Shaun Davidson says the event will give people a chance to talk to experts, sign up for classes and maybe try something new. Davidson explained how they’ll pack everything from raising chickens, to origami into one day to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. (get details at www.bcpl.org )
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation of Endangered Wildlife is celebrating the birth of an Indian Rhinoceros calf conceived through artificial insemination. The baby rhino was born in Alabama. Spokesperson Dr. Monica Stoops explained the partnership with the Montgomery Zoo, and the outcome with WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information at www.cincinnatizoo.org )