When people think about invasive species, they often consider animals like lion-fish and zebra mussels. But, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources manages invasive plants too. Biologist Terri Estes says non-native plants can have a negative effect on an entire ecosystem. Ms. Estes talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what invasive plants are found in the region and what’s being done about the problem. (get more information at www.kdfwr.state.ky.us )
The American Checker Federation's 2013 National Freestyle Checkers Tournament is taking place this week in Cincinnati and will continue through Saturday. John Acker, the treasurer of the federation, talked with WNKU's Steve Hirschberg.
The Queen City Wheels Cycling Club is partnering with several local organizations to provide free bike helmets for local kids on August 6th. Club spokesman Jeff Seeley says the giveaway will be part of the National Night Out program. Seeley talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about how the initiative came about. (get more information at www.qcw.org )
A race and family walk in Boone County on Saturday, July 27 will raise money for Kentucky families in the midst of adoption. Geniene Delahunty is the director and founder of the Running for Home 5K. She talked with WNKU's Sara Dreibelbis about how the event got started.
Ohio farm field workers are joining others from across the country in Washington to urge legislators and the EPA to strengthen protections for laborers exposed to pesticides and other harmful agricultural by-products. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, or FLOC, says whistle blowers are often retaliated against and have difficulty finding work again. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked FLOC spokesman Mario Vargas to explain what dangers field workers are facing. (get more information about FLOC at www.floc.com )
This month is the 50th anniversary of the ZIP code. The United States Postal Service created the system in 1963 to help sort mail, but people have come up with lots of other uses since then. Chris Rider is Senior Technology Architect at NKU's Center for Applied Informatics. He talked with WNKU's Sara Dreibelbis about how he uses ZIP codes in his work.
A non-profit restaurant in Dayton, Ohio allows customers to pay what they can. Robert Adamson is the founder and executive chef at One Bistro. He talked with WNKU's Sara Dreibelbis about how this community cafe system works.