By Jack Brammer and John Cheves Lexington Herald-Leader
FRANKFORT — The battle over Kentucky's newly-drawn legislative districts went to the state Supreme Court on Monday at a potential cost of $220,000 in legal fees, most of that to be footed by taxpayers.
Students at one local high school have a new reason to be on time and in class every day. Dohn Community High School is paying its’ students for attendance and punctuality. Principal Ramone Davenport explained how the program works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information about Dohn Community High School at www.dohnschool.org)
Students and recent graduates of Northern Kentucky University will have an opportunity to take part in a new business start-up program this summer. The INKUBATOR will provide financial and professional support to students who have a good business idea, but lack the resources to begin a venture. Program spokesman Doctor Rodney D’Souza talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about why young businesses need to be nurtured. (get more information at http://management.nku.edu/inkubator/index.php)
H.O.P.S will be presenting the first of its’ “Food for Thought” teambuilding series today at noon. CEO Pamla Winther says it’s a great way to network and take some tangible lessons back to the office. W-N-K-U’s Matt Kelley asked Winther how the program works> ( get details at www.hopsfoodforthought.comor call 513-588-2808 )
Things like the slumping economy and the post-holiday blues can take their toll on people’s emotions. According to the 2011 Kentucky Health Issues Poll; about half of the Commonwealth’s residents reported that they had a friend or family member behave in a way that might indicate a serious mental health problem. Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati spokesperson Janice Bogner told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that perceived depression isn’t the same as a clinical diagnosis, but that’s still a high percentage.
In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Northern Kentucky Health Department is offering a day of free, walk-in rapid screenings. Spokesman Bob Ford sasy African Americans account for thirty three percent of all HIV cases diagnosed in 2009, but only account for about eight percent of the state’s population. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ford why the problem is so prevalent in the African American Community. (get more information for local services at www.nkyhealth.org)
Recording legend Aaron Neville will be performing as part of the Miami Middletown Artist and Lecture Series this Saturday. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with the four-time Grammy winner to ask him how he developed his unique musical style. ( for ticket information go to www.tickets.muohio.edu or call 513-529-3200 )
Is the teaching of Black History or a Black History Month still relevant? That’s the topic of a debate and discussion being held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Thursday evening. Spokesman Christopher Miller says people have questioned the value of Black History and its impact on change. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with Miller at the Freedom Center to find out why they decided to have a public discussion about this topic. ( get more information at www.nurfc.org)
The road to the Final Four will begin in Dayton this year with the NCAA Division One Men’s Basketball Championship First Four games on March 13th and 14th at the University of Dayton Arena. Legendary U of D coach Don Donoher says the region is no stranger to championship basketball. Donoher spoke to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what it means to host such a prestigious event.
Businesses and non-profits looking for help finding solutions for PR and communication technology issues will be getting some assistance from NKU students. The College of Informatics and Communication Department will be hosting MashComm-36. Professor Zach Hart says student teams will work with area partners to design strategies and integrate technology to solve existing problems. WNKU’s Matt Kelley visited with Dr. Hart to find out how the program will work.