Seven additional counties are now eligible for reimbursements to county and local governments to assist in storm recovery, Governor Steve Beshear announced Tuesday. The newly approved counties are Ballard, Johnson, Kenton, LaRue, Pendleton, Trimble, and Wolfe.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has now approved 14 counties to receive Public Assistance (PA), which provides reimbursements to county and local governments to repair public infrastructure or to remove storm debris. Deadly storms and tornadoes tore through Kentucky on Feb. 29 and March 2.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, Hamilton County Commission President Greg Hartman and Matthew 25 Industries are partnering to hold a one day collection drive for emergency relief supplies for people in Clermont County. People are encouraged to donate items such as; non-perishable food, personal care, and cleaning products. Donations can be dropped off to any Cincinnati Police or Hamilton County Sheriff Station, Cincinnati City Hall or the Hamilton County Administration building between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm tomorrow (Tuesday 3/20/12).
Employees in the unclaimed property division of the Kentucky Treasurer’s Office are working to locate the rightful owners of more than $26 million dollars in unclaimed property in the counties hardest hit by the violent storms of March 2. The Treasurer’s Office approached Lexis Nexis, an information technology services company, for assistance and the company generously agreed to donate enhanced software to speed up the process of locating and verifying the owners of over 99,000 claims in the federally designated disaster counties.
Students at Northern Kentucky University are offering help to people affected by the recent storms and tornados across the region. The Student Government Association is collecting donations and is organizing volunteer efforts. Spokesperson Ali Hedges stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about how local college students are getting involved in relief efforts around the area . ( get more information by emailing the NKU SGA at firstname.lastname@example.org contact Ali Hedges by emailing to email@example.com)
Local crime historian and author J.T. Townsend will be reopening the infamous Lizzie Borden murder trial at the Cincinnati Public Library this weekend. Townsend will introduce armchair detectives to new insights and revisionist theories on the case. Catch Lizzie Borden the Eternal Fascination at the main branch of the Cincinnati Public Library March 24th at 10:00 am. (get more information at www.cincinnatilibrary.org)
The recent storms and tornados across the region have a lot of people thinking about their own emergency plans. The Butler County Historical Society is offering people the chance to digitize and archive important family records and photographs free of charge. Executive Director Kathy Creighton told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that the timing of the event right after the storm is really just a coincidence. (get more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513.896.9930)
Governor Steve Beshear and Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson today are visiting additional storm-damaged areas hit by Friday’s tornadoes and severe storms. Beshear will travel to Menifee, Morgan and Laurel counties, and Abramson will travel to Lawrence and Johnson counties.
TheNorthern Kentucky Youth Services Foundation will be expanding the scope of the services they provide to kids in the commonwealth. Executive Director Ryan Courtade says the agency wants to continue its’ present services and add some new advocacy activities. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Courtade why they’re making the changes. ( get more information at www.nkyyouth.org)
The Northern Kentucky Youth Services Foundation will be expanding the scope of the services they provide to kids in the commonwealth. Executive Director Ryan Courtade says the agency wants to continue its’ present services and add some new advocacy activities. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Courtade why they’re making the changes. ( get more information at www.nkyyouth.org)