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Republican lawmakers tout their pension bill; KY Public Pension Coalition calls it “unacceptable”

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican lawmakers said legislation aimed at overhauling Kentucky’s pension system for government employees and retirees could save taxpayers $4.8 billion over the next 30 years while also eliminating an unfunded liability of more than $40 billion. 
While they tried to build public sentiment for the measure that was filed late Tuesday, government workers and retirees...

Turfway Park tells racing commission it plans a $25m grandstand renovation to add historical racing games

Staff report Turfway Park officials unveiled a $25 million grandstand renovation which would become reality when the track adds historical racing games. The plan was presented to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting on Tuesday by Turfway general manager Chip Bach. Bach said that structural issues with the facility were discovered once the track had approval for the historical racing games....

Long-awaited pension reform bill introduced in state Senate — with controversial provisions dropped

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A long-awaited pension reform bill, filed Tuesday in the state Senate, will not force any current or future government workers into a 401(k)-style retirement plan. That proposal had sparked boisterous protests, especially from Kentucky’s teachers. Sen. Joe Bowen, sponsor of SB 1, files the measure with Chief Senate Clerk Donna Holiday as Senate President Robert Stivers...

Our Rich History: Alms and Doepke in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine was second largest store west of NYC

Part 6 of a continuing series on Cincinnati’s grand downtown department stores. By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to NKyTribune My parents used to speak of the old Alms and Doepke department store at 222 East Central Parkway in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It was a mammoth establishment, at its height encompassing 15 acres of floor space, once the second-largest store west of New York...

The River: Steamboating on the AVALON, the last tramp excursion boat, with excitement in St. Paul

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. The is the eleventh of a long and continuing story. 
By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune Lambert’s Landing, in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the AVALON’s northernmost home for two hot summer weeks. Afternoon rides were...

Cooper senior guard Lexi Held voted top player in Division I girls’ basketball for second straight year

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Cooper senior guard Lexi Held, the second leading scorer in Kentucky girls’ high school basketball this season, was named the Division I Player of the Year by the Northern Kentucky Girls Basketball Coaches Association. Cooper senior guard Lexi Held This is the second consecutive year that Held has achieved the honor. The DePaul University recruit finished...

Opioid makers paid millions to advocacy groups that promoted their painkillers amid addiction epidemic

By Matthew Perrone and Geoff Mulvilhill Center on Public Integrity Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications’ use, according to a report released recently by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry’s ability to shape...

University of Kentucky almuna ‘sleighs’ expectations, becomes first black female skeleton Olympian

By Whitney Harder University of Kentucky It was September when she first touched a skeleton sled out of curiosity. September 2017, that is. As in … five months ago. Before then, she had never heard of the sliding sport where an athlete hurtles head-first down a frozen track. This month, University of Kentucky alumna Simidele “Simi” Adeagbo makes history as Nigeria’s first female...

Valentines Day Celebration honors philanthropist Eva Farris with kickoff of campaign to support NaviGo

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Valentine’s Day celebration at the Hotel Covington Wednesday was billed as a way to honor philanthropist Eva Farris as she embarks on her 100th year, but it was much more than that. Charitable contributions from Oakley and Eva Farris have benefited organizations throughout Northern Kentucky, including NKU, Thomas More College, Gateway CTC, the Carnegie...

Kentucky’s Tom Hammond is center stage in NBC coverage of Olympics’ ice skating in South Korea

By Melissa White and Amy Jones-Timoney University of Kentucky The familiar voice of Tom Hammond is echoing in living rooms around the country once again as the University of Kentucky alumnus broadcasts the Olympic games for NBC sports. Hammond, a 1967 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is in a familiar seat for the 2018 Winter Olympics: calling ice...

Graphic Village buys Newport’s Multi-Craft, becomes largest independent print marketing firm in region

NKyTribune staff Multi-Craft, one of the region’s most venerable and respected graphic communications companies – and one of the area’s largest woman-owned businesses – has joined the Graphic Village family of companies. The sale ends the Gibbs family’s ownership of the company started by William Gibbs in 1955. With this acquisition, and several other recent acquisitions, Graphic...

Louisville chef Welenken, a Sullivan University grad, makes it to the finals of Food Network’s Chopped

Chef Andrew Welenken, a graduate of Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies and Executive Chef at La Chasse in Louisville, was recently on The Food Network’s Chopped. Welenken (provided) Chopped is a competitive cooking show that has four chefs face off to prepare a three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert. After each course, a panel of three guest...

Governor to cut ribbon on innovative new partnership between Thomas More College, Gravity Diagnostics

Gov. Matt Bevin will be in Covington on Thursday to help launch an innovative new partnership between Thomas More College and Gravity Diagnostics. The Thomas More College Work Ready Incubator is a ground-breaking program that will benefit students in their quest for real-world experiences, as well as businesses in their search for high-quality talent by connecting to the Thomas More College student...

Highlands dominates freestyle events to win first boys’ region swimming championship since 1994

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Highlands claimed its first regional championship in boys’ swimming since 1994 and ended Covington Catholic’s 19-year streak of team titles on Saturday at Silverlake Recreation Center. Highlands finished on top in the Region 7 boys’ team standings with 508 points and CovCath finished second with 381. The last time CovCath was outscored in the boys’...

Our Rich History: Regional African-American inventor and WWI veteran, Fred McKinley Jones, honored

By Lois Hamill Special to NKyTribune The pocket watch had stopped ticking. The little boy took it apart to see what was inside. After he put it back together, it began ticking again. Satisfied with the results, he proudly shared his discovery with his father. Fred Jones was reportedly only five years old at the time. Frederick McKinley Jones, courtesy of The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky and the...