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News Briefs: Monks hosts WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition, Hayes gets appointment, McDaniel visits Cove

Monks hosts WVXU’s Cinicinnati Edition

Beginning Monday, Michael Monks will be the new host of WVXU’s daily talk show Cincinnati Edition. The show will return to a 5-day-a-week schedule at the new time of noon.

Michael Monks

Fresh Air with Terry Gross will be heard each weekday at 1 p.m. in Cincinnati Edition’s former slot.

Monks is a longtime local journalist with stints at Fox 19 News, WLW radio, and Grant County Broadcasters. He is the founder, publisher and editor of the Covington-based online River City News. He also teaches public speaking at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana.

There was a two-fold reason for the time change to noon, according to Chris Phelps, VP of Content for Cincinnati Public Radio, home of WVXU. “The noon time slot provides added exposure for Cincinnati Edition, a signature program of WVXU and Cincinnati Public Radio. Those listeners who have not been able to listen because of work, may be able to tune in while at lunch. Guests are also more likely to be on the move at the noon hour and better able to fit an appearance into their schedule.”

A few of the topics that will be featured during the first week of the relaunched Cincinnati Edition include a look at regional opportunities and challenges on both sides of the river; a conversation with award-winning local mixologist Molly Wellmann; how Ohio and Kentucky legislatures are addressing marijuana issues; the roles being played by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell in the current political climate.

Friday’s will still feature local reporters reviewing the news of the week.
Listeners are encourage to interact with Cincinnati Edition via phone (513-419-7155) or by email.

Governor appoints Joseph Hayes

Governor Matt Bevin has appointed Joseph Ahrens Hayes to the School Facilities Construction Commission.

Hayes, of Fort Mitchell, is an architect firm partner. He will serve for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2024.

The School Facilities Construction Commission is composed of eight gubernatorial appointees. The Commission was created to help local school districts meet the construction and education technology needs of the Commonwealth. 

Sen. McDaniel visits Cove credit union

Cove Federal Credit Union (Cove FCU) hosted a meet and greet today with Kentucky Senator Chris McDaniel of Kentucky’s 23rd District, Northern Kenton County.

“The event gave Senator McDaniel an opportunity to share information with Cove members about his work in Frankfort and we shared with him an overview of credit unions and their importance to the community,” said Tom Burns, CEO of Cove.

Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) was elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 2013. Senator McDaniel has served as chairman of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee since 2015 as well as numerous other committees. Senator McDaniel also served four years as an Infantry Officer at Ft. Stewart, Georgia.

For more information about Cove Federal Credit Union please visit the website.

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