The government shutdown in Washington has several local agencies wondering how they will keep their doors open without federal help, including Head-Start and other childhood education programs in Ohio. Suzanne Prescott spokesperson for Butler County Early Childhood Education programs explained the situation to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. (get more information about the Butler County Education Services Center at www.bcesc.org )
The residents of Bourbon County Kentucky will be hosting the “Tour De Paris” bicycle event in just a few weeks. The ride doesn’t take place in France, but organizers say it may be just as scenic. Spokesperson Elisha Bowman told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that they hope the play on words will bring out more cyclists to enjoy the fall weather.(get details at www.parisky.com.)
A Northern Kentucky University professor and a graduate student are collaborating on a book that will be released in just a few months. Dr. Eric Jackson stopped by the WNKU studios to talk to Matt Kelley about how he and his co-author and student are using images to tell the story of the Underground Railroad.
Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering a series of educational programs designed for homeschooled children this fall. Spokesperson Kim Whitton says it a great way to take lessons outdoors, and enjoy the weather. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Ms. Whitton about why the decided to focus on homeschooled kids. (get more information at www.greatparks.org )
A group of residents in Cincinnati is taking back the public stairways, alleys and neglected sidewalks around the city. Spokesman Christian Huelsman says “Spring in Our Steps” is an organization dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods and renewing pedestrian walkways throughout the Queen City. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mr. Huelsman why they decided to take up the project. (get more information at www.springinoursteps.com )
Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing across the country, and at Northern Kentucky University .Leo Calderon, Director of Latino student affairs at NKU says they’ve got a calendar packed with events for the celebration, and that noted author Victor Villasenor will be coming to the college to deliver the keynote address. Mr. Calderon explained why he is the right choice for the job to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. (get more information at http://latino.nku.edu/programs/heritage-mo
Discussing end-of-life decisions is always a difficult task. But Sandra Lobert, CEO of Hospice of Cincinnati says including family members in the process can make things easier in the long-run. Ms. Lobert talked with WNKU's Matt Kelley about the topic and how a hospice can help.
Fall is here and the chill in the air has some animals looking to people’s homes for winter shelter. Steve Divine, the Environmental Director for the Northern Kentucky Health Department says a particular concern comes from the bat population in the Tri-State. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked divine why bats are dangerous to people and their pets. (get more information at www.nkyhealth.org )
Bill Maher will be bringing his “politically incorrect” style of comedy to the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati this Sunday. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with the political satirist to find out what he’ll be talking about when he comes to town. (get more information at www.centercincinnati.net )
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.