The Blind Boys of Alabama will be performing tomorrow night at Greaves Hall on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with group spokesman Jimmy Carter to find out more about their sixty-plus years in the industry and what to expect the concert.
Cincy Nation will be hosting its inaugural “Dog Run” on March 29th at the Voice of America Park in Westchester. Organizer Jeff McMahon says the event will benefit ten local charities, and give people an opportunity to spend some quality time with their canine companions. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mr. McMahon why they decided to present a 5K run that includes dogs. (get more information at www.cincynationrun.com )
Dayton is one of 14 cities nationwide that have been selected to partner with the U.S. Department of Education and the National League of Cities to work with residents on education reform in their community. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mayor Nan Whaley why Dayton was chosen to participate in the program. (get more information at www.daytonohio.gov )
A local non-profit group is putting a new spin on an old approach to help people find affordable transportation. Joel Bokelman , spokesperson for Changing Gears says his group takes donated vehicles and gets them to the people in our community who desperately need a reliable car to make their way out of poverty. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mr. Bokelman how Changing Gears differs from other charitable groups that also ask for donated vehicles.
A Cincinnati area realtor is combining his love of flying remote-controlled aircraft with a unique way to give his customers a bird’s eye view of properties they’re interested in. Derek Tye, CEO of the Tye group explained how he came up with the idea to WNKU’s Matt Kelley…
Green Energy Ohio is inviting the public to learn about the affordability of sustainable energy resources at a workshop at the Dayton Convention Center this Friday. Spokesman Bill Spratley says today is the last day to get the early-bird rate for the event. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Mr. Spratley to find out more about the day’s activities. (get more information at www.greenenergyohio.org )
A University of Cincinnati doctor will be studying the impact of bariatric weight-loss surgery on cancer rates in severely obese adults. Dr. Daniel Schauer says a two-million dollar grant will fund the research. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Dr. Schauer where the money came from. ( get more information at www.healthnews.uc.edu )
The Kentucky legislature is considering a new law that would require children up to nine years of age, or fifty-seven inches tall to be secured in a booster seat when traveling in a car. Triple A spokesperson Cheryl Parker says that a recent survey of its members shows overwhelming support for the measure. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Parker to explain what is being proposed. ( get more information at www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/hb199.htm )
Ohio’s Emergency Alert System sirens will be tested during a statewide drill at 9:50 this morning. Kelli Blackwell, spokesperson for the Emergency Management Agency says that given the polar vortex and flooding in the state recently “Severe Weather Awareness Week” couldn’t come at a better time. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Blackwell what people should expect. (get details at www.ema.ohio.gov )
Today is the first day of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. National MS Society Ohio Valley Chapter spokesman Rich Walburg says they have a full schedule of events designed to educate people about the disease. Mr. Walburg told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that it may not always be apparent that someone you know is affected by MS. ( get more information at www.fightmstoday.org or get information about the MS run/walks at www.runms.org or www.walkmsohiovalley.org )