Mainstrasse Village in Covington may be best known for its annual Oktoberfest, but in just a few weeks visitors hoisting samples of Kentucky-made wine. Spokesperson Donna Kremer says she hopes this year’s Northern Kentucky Wine Festival will draw record crowds. Kremer talked WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what people can expect. (get more information at www.mainstrasse.org).
In response to growing demand for answers about the ownership of ideas and products, Northern Kentucky University recently opened its’ new Intellectual Property Awareness Center or IPAC at Steely Library. Spokesman John Schlipp says technological advances are making it harder for people to determine things, like who owns content posted on the internet. Schlipp stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about what the definition of intellectual property is. ( you can get more information about the IPAC at NKU at http://library.nku.edu)
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s “Project Saving Species” and the Gorilla Glue Company are teaming up for the second annual Go Bananas Challenge. Zoo Spokesman Thayne Maynard says the competition challenges school and community youth groups to “answer the call” and create campaigns to collect and recycle cell phones and help save gorillas.
People driving on William Howard Taft Road in Corryville will notice something new today. ProKids Cincinnati is unveiling a mural this afternoon that they hope will inspire people to become volunteers. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked spokesperson Tracy Cook to describe what people will see. ( get more information about becoming a volunteer at www.ProKids.orgor get a look at the photo gallery at www.Facebook.com/CorryvilleMural.)
Hispanic Heritage Month begins this Saturday and runs through October 15th. NKU Director of Latino Student Affairs Leo Calderone says there are a host of events scheduled on campus to celebrate the occasion. Calderone stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about what they have planned. ( get more information and a schedule of events at http://latino.nku.edu/)
NKU’s Six at Six Lecture series will open this fall at the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati on September 19th. Chase Law Professor John Bickers will discuss the constitutionality of the Emancipation Proclamation and if the president had the authority to issue it. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Bickers if Lincoln was loyal to the constitution by ending slavery, or if he assumed presidential powers the founders never intended. ( get more information at http://civicengagement.nku.edu/sixatsix)
This week registered voters in Ohio will begin receiving applications for absentee ballots for the November elections. Ohio Secretary of State John Husted says that for the first time in the state’s history all residents in all 88 counties will have the same opportunity to vote in person or by mail. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Husted what exactly an absentee ballot is, and who’s eligible to use one. ( get full voting regulations at www.myohiovote.com)
The Greater Cincinnati 2012 Race for the Cure is less than a month away, and organizers are adding a new twist for the fifteenth annual event. Spokesperson Amy Wagner says they’ll add a 10-K run to the event for the first time. Wagner told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that they’ll still have the 2K, 5K and Family Fun Run, but the new race was too good an opportunity to pass up. ( get registration information at www.komencincinnati.org/register )
Isaac Breech, a sophomore at Vern Riffe School is celebrating his second place finish in the United Travelers of America International safety poster contest. Principal Mark Cornwell says students from across the U-S and Canada took part in the event. He explained the idea behind the contest to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information about Vern Riffe School at www.sciotocountydd.org)