Highland Heights, Kentucky – With this week's smog alert and heat emergency, Duke Energy customers in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky have been using more energy to keep cool. The high temperatures are likely a harbinger for the summer that's just around the corner. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg asked Sally Thelen, a spokeswoman for the utility, whether Duke is able to meet the demand for power.
Middletown,OH – Sassy Molasses is in the line up for the 6th annual Adjust Your Eyes festival at Southgate House at the end of this month. The trio has only been playing together since February but is already booked several places. WNKU's Cheri Lawson talked with founder Moriah Haven Lawson (no relation) about the band and its name, Sassy Molasses.
Cincinnati,OH – Last week a 74 year old woman was abducted at gunpoint in broad daylight in Northern Kentucky. Ann Ernst was taken to Ohio where she was gagged and left tied to a tree. WNKU's Cheri Lawson talked with former police officer and founder of Survive Institute, Debbie Gardner about the incident and what others can do if attacked.
"Cold Spring,Ky." – The NKU Astronomy Department and the Campbell County Library are inviting amateur enthusiasts to enjoy a day of exploration and discovery with the experts tomorrow. Spokesperson Melanie Hartzel says the two-part event begins at the Cold Spring branch of the Campbell County Library and ends with a free showing of "Earth, Moon, Sun" at the Haile Digital Planetarium. WNKU's Matt Kelley asked Hartzel what they have planned. (get more information at www.nkuconnections.nku.edu )
" Cincinnati, Ohio" – The MidPoint Indie Summer Series is in full swing, offering free concerts on Fountain Square in Cincinnati every Friday evening all summer long. Spokesman Dan McCabe says this years Indie line-up may be the best in the events' three year history. McCabe described what makes this a perfect warm-up for the MidPoint Music Festival in September to WNKU's Matt Kelley...( get more information at www.mpmf.com )
Highland Heights, Kentucky – Starting today, state troopers in Ohio are taking part in a 72-hour "Roadcheck 2011" inspection to promote safety in commercial motor vehicles. The crackdown on trucks, buses and their drivers is taking place simultaneously in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Lieutenant Anne Ralston is with the Ohio Highway Patrol. She tells WNKU's Steve Hirschberg that the annual inspection program yields results.
Highland Heights, Kentucky – It's not exactly a secret that Southeast Ohio, Eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia are enduring an epidemic of prescription pain killer addictions among adults. Now, the Director of the Scioto County, Ohio Counseling Center in Portsmouth says dangerous drugs such as oxycontin are rapidly making their way into a much younger population. Ed Hughes spoke about the problem with WNKU's Steve Hirschberg.
Highland Heights – Business Wise for the week of May 30th to June 3rd has Kevin Kabot on the economy,Tom Cooney & Crystal Faulkner on budgets for newlyweds and teaching kids about finances, Dr. O'dell Owens on his passion for helping others and making a difference,Dan Bisig on planning for college and Terrie Marksberry on Rabbit Hash Kentucky and it's popularity.