The 35th annual Mainstrasse Village Oktoberfest will be taking place this weekend. Spokesperson Donna Kremer says they’re expecting more than one-hundred-thousand people to attend this year's festival. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Ms. Kremer about the event and why Oktoberfest takes place in September.
Two local authors are celebrating the release of their book on Amazon and capturing the top sales spot. NKU’s Doctor Joe Moffett and Co-author Steve Mathes wrote “The Ultimate Hamer Guitars: An Illustrated History” to share their enthusiasm for the popular instruments. Doctor Moffett Stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about how he got interested in Hamer Guitars…
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is welcoming a new president. Clarence G. Newsome; a Trustee and board member from Duke University was selected after a nation-wide search. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked with Mr. Newsome about his “vision” for the future of the Freedom Center. (get more information at www.nurfc.org )
The latest Ohio Health Issue Poll shows that Ohioans with higher incomes report better health; while their counterparts in poverty are showing a decline in their physical well-being. Interact for Health spokesperson Jennifer Chubinski, says many factors affect both health status and income. Ms. Chubinski told WNKU’s Matt Kelley the results of the poll really aren’t that surprising. (get more information about the Ohio Health Issues Poll at www.healthfoundation.org )
Sophomore nursing students at the University of Cincinnati are opening their iPad minis, instead of textbooks this fall. U.C. College of Nursing spokesman Chris Edwards says the students can connect to apps that let them access content that’s not possible with traditional course material.
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky is nearing, and it has some people asking questions like what does it do? Who is covered? What does it cost? And, when will it begin? WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Jeff Staton, staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society to find out what the ACA is, and who is covered.
People use reviews and ratings on a regular basis to select a restaurant or movie to attend. But, there’s no national quality rating system for pre-K education or childcare. Debbie Mathias, spokesperson for the “Build Initiative”, says that may soon change. Ms. Mathias talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about why a national guideline system is so important.
The City of Dayton Ohio is becoming a national role model for its work to support immigrants and engage them in business opportunities in the community. Migwe Kimemia, program director for the American Friends Service Committee says Dayton is a place for African immigrants to find peace. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mr. Kimemia what special challenges people coming from Africa face…
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is inviting people to “swing like a gibbon, or balance like a lemur” at their recently revamped Jungle Trails exhibit. Director Thayne Maynard says the award winning 20-year-old exhibit has added several new features to enhance the experience. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Maynard about what’s new at the zoo. ( get more information at www.cincinnatizoo.org )
August is tree-check month, and officials are asking Ohioans to look for signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle. Ohio A-L-B Eradication Program spokesperson Rhonda Santos says the beetles can devastate trees, and has no natural predators. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Santos how Asian Longhorned Beetles got here.( get more information at http://www.agri.ohio.gov/topnews/asianbeetle/ )