Mainstrasse Village in Covington will be kicking off their Mardi Gras celebration tonight with the "Big Head Parade" and music from The Naked Karate Girls. WNKU's Matt Kelley asked organizer Donna Kremer why the event is such an integral part of the culture in the region. (get more information at www.mainstrasse.org )
An NKU graduate student is joining the ranks of published scholars at the university. “Cincinnati’s Underground Railroad” was co-authored by Richard Cooper and Professor Eric Jackson. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with Mr. Cooper at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to find out how the collaboration came about. (get more information at http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9781467111560/Cincinnatis-Underground-Railroad )
A local man will be walking thirty miles this Saturday to benefit the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition. Dan Powell explained why he decided to embark on the walk to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information at www.cincihomeless.org or at www.facebook.com/wtw30 or call Dan Powell at 513-550-4540)
The Better Business Bureau Cincinnati is partnering with a governmental agency to present a series of forums at several branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to help people avoid consumer financial fraud. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Bureau spokesperson Sandra Guile What people will learn about and who is involved.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be hosting the Cincinnati premier of “Hate Crimes in the Heartland” produced by Emmy award winning filmmaker and NKU artist-in-residence Rachel Lyon on February 24th. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Dr. Lyon how two events separated by ninety years tells the story of race relations in America. (get more information at www.hatecrimesheartland.com or get tickets at www.freedomcenter.org )
The Newport Aquarium will be hosting a new exhibit starting on March 22nd. Operations manager Chris Pierson says “Turtle Canyon” will be the new home for more than a dozen different species, including the giant Galapagos tortoise. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Pierson what people will see when they come to the exhibit. (get more information at www.newportaquarium.com )
A syringe exchange program spearheaded by University of Cincinnati Dr. Judith Feinberg is now offering services in Hamilton County. Dr. Feinberg told WNKU’s Matt Kelley that they’re not encouraging I-V drug abuse; she says they’re trying to prevent disease and keep people safe until they’re ready to get into a recovery program. (get more information at www.CincyEP.org )
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows that about twenty-five percent of adults in the commonwealth know someone who has experienced problems as a result of abusing pain relievers such as OxyContin or Vicodin. Interact for Health spokesperson Ann Barnum says that methamphetamine and heroin overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999, and percentage is even higher in the northern part of the state. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Barnum why the problem is at epidemic levels in this region.
The most recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll indicates that nearly 6 out of 10 Kentucky residents don’t have enough information to know how or whether the Affordable Care Act affects them personally. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Interact for Health spokesperson Kate Keller why people aren’t better informed. (get more information at www.interactforhealth.org or www.healthy-ky.org )
Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns will be speaking tonight at the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati about his experience prosecuting the domestic terrorists responsible for the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. The presentation is this season’s last installment of the “Six at Six Lecture Series” sponsored by the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. President Mearns spoke to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about his career as a prosecutor and this case. (get more information at http://sixatsix.nku.edu )