Ohioans who are receiving state and federal unemployment benefits will be required to meet new eligibility guidelines. Ben Johnson, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services says the state has to enforce the new rules in accordance with federal law. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Johnson to explain how and when people will be affected. (get in touch with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services at http://jfs.ohio.gov/)
The Cold Spring branch of the Campbell County Public library is partnering with NKU astronomers and the Haile Digital Planetarium for a special event tomorrow. Community Connections spokesperson Melanie Hartzel talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what’s in store. (get make reservations for Earth, Moon and Sun presented 6/9/12 call 859.572.5600 or email email@example.com, for information about the planetarium visit http://planetarium.nku.edu)
The beginning of summer means that people will be flocking to community and backyard pools to beat the heat, but it’s also a time when we hear about swimming related tragedies. Kim Burgess, spokesperson for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance says the saddest part of these stories is that they are avoidable. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Burgess what percentage of drownings are preventable. ( get more tips from the NDPA at www.ndpa.org)
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education will be launching a new website this afternoon aimed at helping community, and technical college students make the transition to four-year schools. Executive director Bob King says the site will save students time and money. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with King to ask exactly what the website will do. ( get details at www.knowhow2transfer.org)
Officials in Campbell County are taking a proactive approach to emergency management by offering a class designed to lessen the impact of disasters on the community. The “Mitigation Strategies Course” will help government and businesses prepare for calamities and allow them to remain open during a catastrophic event. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Emergency Management Director William Turner who will be taking part in the course. (get more information at www.campbellcountyky.org)
People from around the region will be competing against each other on one of the sloppiest obstacle courses around on June 30th, all to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Spokesman Rich Walburg says it’ll be the first time the Ohio Valley Chapter has sponsored the Muck-Ruckus, but they expect a great turnout. Walburg explained how the event works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. (get details and registration information at http://eventohg.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=18585&pg=entry)
Artists and crafts-people from across the U.S. and Canada will be converging on Coney Island in Cincinnati this weekend for Summerfair 2012. This will be the 46th time the community has come together for the annual event. Co-chair Anne Poppe talked with WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what will be going on this year (get more information at www.summerfair.org).
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is partnering with Cincinnati Juneteenth Inc. to coordinate a parade along Mehring Way in just a few weeks. Freedom Center spokesman Chris Miller says it’s the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Miller where and when the tradition started (the event takes place on June 16th, to register for the parade or get details go to www.freedomcenter.org)
The advent of email and text messaging is changing the way we communicate and conduct business every day. But the popularity of social media and technology may be encouraging people to take a more casual approach to business related communications; email in particular. Image consultant Jill Haney says people still need to be careful when sending a professional electronic message. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with Haney to ask her about the how the email revolution is changing the way we behave.
This is National Prevention Week, and one Northern Kentucky group is working to keep local teens safe this summer in an effort to curb underage drinking. Kathy Nafus , spokesperson for the Kenton County Alliance says it’s a good time to talk to teenagers about the risks of alcohol abuse. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Nafus to talk about why an open discussion is so important. (get details at www.KentonCountyAlliance.org).