Cheri Lawson

 Cheri is a broadcast producer, anchor, reporter, announcer and talk show host with over 25 years of experience. For three years, she was the local host of Morning Edition on WMUB-FM at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Cheri produced and hosted local talk shows and news stories for the station for nine years. Prior to that, she produced and co-hosted a local talk show on WVXU, Cincinnati for nearly 15 years. Cheri has won numerous awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association, the Ohio and Kentucky Associated Press, and both the Cincinnati and Ohio chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists.

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A man who spent three years living in a treehouse that he built in Red River Gorge and then started a treehouse village is being featured on nationwide  TV.

 

 Django  Kroner and The Canopy Crew are in  a pilot for a new TV show on the channel Animal Planet.

Just about six months ago, Cincinnati native Django Kroner gave us a tour of the beginnings of a treehouse village he’s building on private property in Red River Gorge .

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Kentucky among the three states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose.

While there’s no easy answer,  officials who run a Northern Kentucky jail believe they have a program that could be part of the solution, using medication-assisted treatment.


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Eastern Kentucky University officials estimate as many as a thousand children and adults participated in activities on the school’s Richmond campus during this Monday's solar eclipse.

 

Many of them gathered in the courtyard outside the Perkins Building and the Hummel Planetarium.

 

Here are the reactions of some of them:


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A team from Bluegrass Community and Technical College will live-stream eclipse footage as part of a national Eclipse Ballooning Project

The NASA-sponsored project, which is led by the Montana Space Grant Consortium at Montana State University, has been years in the making


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Following the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kentucky's second largest city is discussing the removal of two Confederate statues from its downtown.

Now a white nationalist group has announced plans to hold a rally in Lexington.


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Since July 1, visitors to the Ark Encounter biblical theme park in Grant County have been paying an extra 50 cents per ticket.

The “safety assessment fee” is for increased police and fire services.  


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UPDATED 7/25/17 - Officials with the Ark Encounter attraction in Grant County have transferred ownership of the property for the second time in a matter of weeks.  

The transfer is expected to restore the property to its previous for-profit status.


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The City of Williamstown has rejected the latest request by the Ark Encounter theme park to reduce the amount of a new “safety assessment fee.”

Earlier this year, the city imposed a per-ticket charge of 50 cents to cover the cost of increased police and fire services.


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A controversial theme park in Grant County is celebrating its first anniversary. But, so far, the Ark Encounter hasn’t floated everybody’s boat.

Taking pictures at the park’s entrance under an amusement park sized orange sign with big white letters announcing "ARK Encounter," the Botcher family from South Milwaukee is enthusiastic about their vacation in Kentucky.

 

"It’s The Ark so we’re hoping to see the size and get to see some of the animals inside."

 

Vice President is traveling to Kentucky Wednesday to help build support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Pence will meet with business owners in a private invitation-only event.

The Vice President’s visit follows Sunday’s rally in Northern Kentucky featuring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Lexington Wednesday as part of the Administration’s efforts to get support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate.

Arriving on Air Force Two with the Vice President  will be Sixth District Representative Andy Barr.  


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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke against the healthcare bill being considered by the U.S. Senate Sunday evening in Northern Kentucky.  The former presidential candidate addressed a crowd estimated at 2000.

Sanders says he doesn't understand why Kentucky senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under Kentucky’s implementation of the federal law, the number of uninsured in the state fell from 20% to just under eight percent.

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Have you ever been annoyed by everyday sounds like someone tapping fingers on the desk or pens clicking? Some people are not only annoyed by certain sounds but live with a condition where certain sounds, known as trigger sounds actually elicit a feeling of rage and a negative physical response.

Growing up, dinner time with her family was usually painful  for Kamyla Adrlik .

Andrlik: “I was about 7 years old and I was eating dinner with my family one night and it was just kind of out of the blue , I noticed the way that my dad was chewing was really bothering me.”

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East Central Kentucky’s Red River Gorge is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and other outdoor activities. A Cincinnati man is now offering nature loving visitors there an experience that’s off the grid and off the ground.

At age 19, Django Kroner moved to Red River Gorge, known for its natural stone arches and sandstone cliffs. He went to pursue rock climbing and ended up building and living in a treehouse 45 feet off the canopy floor for three years.

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Police  in Cincinnati continue to investigate a mass shooting at a  nightclub early Sunday morning  WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports one person was killed and at least 15 were injured.

Gunfire broke out in the early morning hours inside the Cameo Nightclub in Cincinnati’s East End. Police are looking for more than one shooter. 

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President Donald Trump will be in Louisville, Kentucky Monday  evening.  As Cheri Lawson reports, the trip comes as the president is in what the White House calls ‘sell mode’ for the Republican healthcare bill, with a vote in the House planned for this week.  

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has been outspoken in his opposition to the replacement bill because it doesn’t go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats are planning a protest outside Louisville's Freedom Hall.

 

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Northern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team took the court to practice earlier this week. As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports the team was preparing for their first ever trip to the  NCAA tournament known as the “Big Dance."

What they’ve accomplished is rare. Only six other teams have ever qualified for the NCAA Division 1 men’s tournament in their first year of eligibility.  And they’re scheduled to play none other than the University of Kentucky Wildcats.

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A Lexington mosque has been the target of a bomb threat.  As WEKU's Cheri Lawson reports, the Kentucky Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on state and federal authorities to investigate.

At Lexington’s Masjid Bilal Mosque Tuesday afternoon, prayer leader or Imam, Shahied Rashid is chanting a call to prayer.  

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A strong line of storms blew through Central and Southeastern Kentucky, Wednesday, knocking down power lines and trees and causing damage to several homes and businesses.

The wind blows hard through Donna Whittaker’s hair while she’s picking up the pieces to her home. The mobile home in Madison County where she and her husband lived was completely destroyed as high winds whipped through her neighborhood. Whittaker says it was pure chaos. “I was in the living room and all I could do was get under the coffee table because everything was falling.”

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Northern Kentucky University is moving forward with the sale of its public radio stations.   

The school’s board of regents voted Tuesday to authorize negotiations with buyers for two of its three non-commercial frequencies.

The university’s board gave its approval for the sale of station WNKU in Highland Heights for $1.9 million to the Bible Broadcasting Corporation. 

An NKU station near Portsmouth, Ohio will be sold to another religious broadcaster.

Online retail giant Amazon will build an air cargo hub expected to employ more than 2,000 people at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport.  As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, the facility will support the company's growing fleet of Prime Air cargo planes.  

Kentucky economic development officials say Amazon plans a nearly $1.5 billion investment that will create 2,700 full- and part-time jobs.

Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, says Amazon’s investment will be “transformational” for the region, including Kenton and Campbell counties.

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On Friday, Donald Trump, who has no elected or military experience and is known for his inflammatory remarks about minorities will become the 45th president of the United States.  

As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, some area Muslims are responding with vigilance, education and kindness.


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Actress Jodie Sweetin,known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on the TV Series, Full House, spoke to a nearly full house Tuesday night at Northern Kentucky University about her 10-year struggle with alcohol and drug addiction.  


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The long-anticipated Noah’s Ark theme park opens to the public in Williamstown Thursday.

As WEKU’s Cheri Lawson reports, the $100 million project, called the Ark Encounter, has been shrouded in controversy since it was announced six years ago.    

Midway between the rolling hills of Cincinnati and Lexington sits Williamstown, Ky. It's here where there's a massive timber-framed structure - Noah's Ark. 

One of America’s most recognizable comedians and actresses for over four decades is continuing to entertain audiences on the big screen and stage. Lily Tomlin, who's bringing her act to Springfield Ohio next month, discusses her career and her connections to the Bluegrass State with reporter Cheri Lawson

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The debate over the belief in divine creation versus evolution will be played out Tuesday evening in Northern Kentucky. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, will face off with one of the most outspoken supporters of creationism

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Construction of a theme park that will include a replica of Noah’s Ark will begin this spring. The Answers in Genesis ministry made that announcement this week.

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Christmas is less than a week away and shoppers continue their quest for the perfect gift at the perfect price. But at one shop in a southwest Ohio mall, Roman Catholic friars are offering their presence for free.

This summer, while athletes prepare for the Olympic Games in London, music lovers are getting ready for the "Olympics of Choral Music." Officially called the World Choir Games, this Herculean singing competition features hundreds of choirs from around the world. This year is the first time it will be held in the U.S. — in Cincinnati, starting Wednesday.

Catherine Roma, conductor of women's choir MUSE, says her philosophy is more about musical excellence than competition. After witnessing the 2010 Choral Olympics in China, she saw something that surprised her.

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For the thousands of U.S. military men and women still fighting in Afghanistan, the realities of war mean many will have their missions cut short by serious injury. Airlifting the wounded out of the war zone and to a hospital requires specially trained medical teams. Cheri Lawson of member station WNKU spent time with trainees of the Air Force's critical care air transport team in Cincinnati. That's where the training takes place.

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