The PNC Festival of Lights begins this evening at dusk at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. WNKU’S Matt Kelley asked Zoo spokesman Thayne Maynard why the event has become such an important holiday tradition for so many people around the Tri-State. (get more information at www.cincinnatizoo.org )
Children and young adults in the Dayton area are starting to receive free gift certificates that grant them admission to the city’s recreation centers. Mayor Gary Lietzell explained how the Kids In Dayton Safe program works to WNKU’S Matt Kelley. ( get more information at www.daytonohio.gov )
W. Frank Steely Library at NKU is partnering with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to present an intellectual property workshop on December 5th. Steely spokesman John Schlipp says the event will also serve as the grand opening of their new Patent and Trademark Resource Center. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Mr. Schlipp what people can learn about at the seminar. ( make reservations by emailing John Schlipp at John Schlipp <email@example.com>or get more information at http://ipac.nku.edu/ . )
Award winning Science Fiction/Fantasy writer John Scalzi will be visiting Northern Kentucky University this Wednesday as part of the “Viva Humanities” program. Scalzi is best known for his work entitled “Redshirts”. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked the author what he’ll be doing on campus. ( get more information at http://artscience.nku.edu/viva.html )
Many venues around Kentucky are offering concerts and other musical performances during the upcoming holiday season. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked with Pat Stipes, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism.
With veteran’s day just behind us and the holidays ahead; people are getting requests from all kinds of organizations asking for charitable donations. Erika Lehman; Executive Director of the Center for Ethics at the Better Business Bureau says more groups are providing information needed to be evaluated in relation to the Bureau's 20 charity standards. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Ms. Lehman what the BBB is doing to help recognize legitimate charitable causes> (get more information at www.cincinnati.bbb.org )
In January, Kentucky Commissioner for Agriculture James Comer started a program called "Homegrown by Heroes". In less than a year it has spread nationwide. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked with Comer about the program.
Union Institute and University will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. President, Dr. Roger Sublett talked with WNKU’s Cheri Lawson about the alternative university that at one time was called University without Walls.
The recent cold snap has many people across the region turning on their furnaces for the first time this season, and the Ohio Department of Health is advising people to use extra caution when heating their homes. O-D-H spokesman Robert Jennings says that hospitals are reporting spikes in the number of carbon monoxide exposure cases they’re treating. Jennings explained to WNKU’s Matt Kelley the reasons why there are so many cases reported during this time of year. (get more information www.odh.ohio.gov )
When downtown Cincinnati's Terrace Plaza Hotel was built after the Second World War, it was considered a landmark of contemporary design. The hotel is now vacant; and its future is uncertain. Shawn Patrick Tubb has just written and published a book about the history of the hotel. It's called Cincinnati's Terrace Plaza Hotel...an icon of American Modernism. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg asked Tubb how the hotel came to be built.