One local veterinarian is going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to helping cats. Doctor Gwen Steffen is organizing her annual Blu Cat Benefit to raise money for no-kill shelters, and assist those who foster cats waiting to be adopted. The event at the Leapin’ Lizzard Lounge in Covington will feature Blues music and entertainment, as well as a silent auction and door prizes. Doctor Steffen explained why the event is so close to her heart to WNKU’s Matt Kelley…
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a new state beekeeper. Agriculture Secretary James Comer recently announced the appointment of Sean Burgess to the post of state apiarist. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Burgess what the official beekeeper’s role is, and why it’s so important to agriculture. ( get more information at www.kyagr.com)
The Kentucky Enquirer reports there is a slight risk for severe weather after 5 p.m. EDT today, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. The main threats would be high winds gusting up to 60 mph and hail an inch or larger, said meteorologist John Franks. A half inch to an inch of rain could fall through the evening hours.
FRANKFORT – Calling it “a critical bill for the health and safety of Kentuckians,” Governor Steve Beshear Tuesday signed House Bill 1 – legislation designed to reduce the destructive impact of prescription drug abuse on Kentucky families.
The 48 hour film project is right around the corner. The competition will take place during the third weekend in May this year, and organizers are hoping an earlier start date will help attract more local college and high school students.
People from all walks of life will be participating in the 23rd annual “Take Back the Night” vigil and march on April 26th in Cincinnati. This year’s event will focus on the Green Dot program aimed at bystander intervention. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked keynote speaker Ann Brandon how the green dot program works. (get more information at www.takebackthenight.org)
April is Earth Month and some people say there’s no better time to think about how we’re treating our planet, and in particular our water supply. Volunteers from across Ohio are partnering with the Sierra Club to become “Water Sentinels”. Club spokesman Jeff Cox says the EPA simply doesn’t have the man-power to monitor all of Ohio’s waterways. He explained to WNKU’s Matt Kelley how the citizen monitors are helping.
Responding to growing concerns over funding cuts and the need to trim budgets, college administrators are turning to high-tech software to better manage their resources. Kentucky Community and Technical College System spokesperson Melinda Holbrook says more than 80 education leaders from 25 institutions will share their experiences at the Kentucky Ad-Astra Summit. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Holbrook how the Summit will help save energy and money> (get more information at www.kctcs.edu)
People around southwestern Ohio may be noticing low-flying aircraft spraying the treetops in wooded areas similar to what crop-dusters do for farms. It’s part of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s fight against the gypsy moth invasion that’s spreading across the Midwest. ODA spokesman Brett Gates says the aerial attack it just one part of the treatment plan. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Gates to find out more about the problem, and the solution.
The Adult Education unit of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is warning people about fraudulent websites offering free GED diplomas for a fee through the internet. Spokesman Reecie Spanolia says the only way to earn a GED is through a test administered onsite at an official testing center. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Spagnolia how they identify fraudulent sites and how people can avoid being taken advantage of.