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.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and one local group has a special event planned in honor of the occasion. “A Celebration of Women Touched by Adoption” will take place on April 29th in Evendale. It’s designed to commemorate the triad of adoption birthmothers, adoptive mothers, and adoptees. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Celebrate Adoption spokesperson Julie Eschman about what women will experience at the event.
Awareness about “Pink Slime” and the products containing it is continuing to be an issue for many consumers across the country. Meat processors say the additive has been in use for decades and is harmless, but people are still confused about its use. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to U.K. Meat Science Professor Greg Renfrow to find out what “Pink Slime” is.
“The Hunger Games”is coming off another strong weekend at the box office, and people are beginning to wonder if this is becoming another successful teen based franchise. Eric Pennington, spokesman for the Madeira branch of the Cincinnati Public library says it’s not too late to participate in events celebrating the movie and book. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Pennington to describe the plot and what events are coming up at the Madeira branch.( Get more details at www.cincinnatilibrary.org/branches/madeira )
Twenty-Nine middle, and high schools from around the Bluegrass will be the beneficiaries of a nearly Twenty-Seven million dollar federal college readiness grant announced by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Executive Director Yvonne Lovell talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about how the recipients were chosen. (get more information at www.cpe.ky.gov)
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.