Public health officials and community partners in Northern Kentucky are working to raise awareness around HIV and Aids in the African American community. Health Department spokesman Bob Ford says they hope to reduce the stigma by offering a free movie night featuring “Temptation” by Tyler Perry at the Kenton county Public Library on February 12th. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked ford why they chose that particular movie.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; in collaboration with the U.S. State Department is unveiling a new website designed to educate the public and modern day abolitionists about human trafficking. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked with Freedom Center CEO Dr. Clarence Newsome about how the partnership came about. (get more information at http://freedomcenter.org/content/tip-heroes-global-network )
Cincinnati recently became the third city in the U.S. to enact Homeless Hate Crime legislation. City Council approved the addition of “homeless status” to the existing criminal intimidation law. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition spokesman Josh spring what the changes means to the city. (Get more information at www.cincihomeless.org )
Washington Platform in downtown Cincinnati will have “Murder on the Menu” during a series of special dinners that will explore some of the city’s most infamous characters. Mike Morgan, spokesman for Queen City History says his group has been working closely with the owner of the restaurant to create an accurate mid-nineteenth century menu with a side of history. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Morgan to describe what diners can expect. (Get more information at www.QueenCityHistory.com )
The Cincinnati Public Library is offering a new space where people with creative minds can see their ideas come to life. Spokesperson Ella Mulford-Chinn says they have a variety of new technologies available, including 3-D printers and multi-media editing software. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Chinn why they decided to dedicate part of the library to inventors and visionaries. (Get more information at www.cincinnatipubliclibrary.org/news/2015/makerspace.html )
Forty-seven teams comprised of middle school students will be coming to NKU to compete in the Kentucky First Lego League State Championship on Saturday February 7th . The event is being hosted by the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics, known as CINSAM. Spokesman John Farrar visited the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about what people can see at the competition.
The Cincinnati Cyclones will be hosting their annual Frozen 5K on January 31st. Spokesman Nick Brunker says the proceeds from the event will go to the Pink Ribbon Girls to help fight breast cancer. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Brunker how the club got involved with this particular charity. (Get registration information at https://cyclones.cincyregister.com/5k )
According to information released by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, more than half of the adults polled are in favor of placing an excise tax on E-Cigarettes, so they would be taxed at the same rate as traditional tobacco products. Megan Folkerth, spokesperson for Interact for Health says that currently E-Cigarettes are only subject to sales tax. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Folkerth why she thinks people are in favor of a new tax. (Get more information at www.interactforhealth.org )
The Ohio Developmental Services Agency is offering assistance for people who are having difficulty managing their energy bills. Spokesperson Penny Martin says they have several programs available to help people get through the winter months. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Martin to explain the Winter Crisis Program. (Get more information at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov )