The Newport Aquarium is welcoming visitors to their new exhibit featuring the world’s largest collection of Shark Rays. Spokesman Chris Pierson says the Shark Ray is closely related to the guitarfish, can grow up to twelve feet long, and can weigh nearly 300 pounds. WNKU’s Matt Kelley walked through the exhibit with Pierson to find out more about these rare and beautiful creatures.
Celebrate Adoption will be presenting a program to help children develop healthy identities tomorrow night at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center. Therapist Judy Stigger will be the featured speaker at the event. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Stigger what she’ll be talking about and how they came up with the title “Conspicuous Families”. (get more information at www.CelebrateAdoptionCincinnati.com )
Today marks the beginning of National M-S Awareness Week, and the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society has lots of events planned to help inform the public about the disease. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Chapter president Kim Deaton why this is still such an important initiative. ( get more information at www.nmss.org )
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is working students from NKU to develop an online toolkit to help people identify and combat modern day slavery and human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world. Freedom Center spokesman Richard Cooper Stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about the project. ( get more information about this project or watch "Journey to Freedom" at www.nurfc.org )
Spring is on the way and in preparation for the warm weather; the Hamilton County Parks District is opening its boathouses this month. Park Manager Scotty Scott says Lake Isabella, Miami Whitewater Forest, Sharon Woods, and Winton Woods are gearing up for a busy fishing and boating season this year. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Scott about what’s available at the boathouses. ( get more information at www.greatparks.org )
Granny’s Garden School will be presenting its Blooming Arts show this Saturday. Event coordinator Kelsey Paskal says the students get much of their inspiration from the garden at Loveland Elementary School and the proceeds will benefit both the garden and the art department. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Paskal about what will be on display. ( get more information about the Art Show and Granny's Garden School at www.grannysgardenschool.org )
The unemployment outlook across the country is slowly improving, but one particular group of people always has a tough time finding work. People who’ve recently been released from prison are automatically precluded from some jobs, and often have trouble escaping their past. Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman says the Office of Ex-Offender Reentry is educating employers about the benefits of hiring ex-offenders. Lieberman told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that getting past the stigma is the first step...
The looming sequester in Washington that would affect dozens of federal agencies has people particularly concerned about filing their taxes this year. Jenny Ward, spokesperson for Jackson Hewitt tax professionals says if the automatic cuts occur, people will likely have a longer wait for their refund checks. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ward about what all this means to people who have yet to file.
The Ohio Historical Society and its partners will be in Columbus today for events honoring “Ohio Statehood Day”. Society spokesman Todd Kleismit talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about why it’s important to celebrate Ohio’s birthday…