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Covington seeks volunteers for door-to-door effort to raise opioid overdose awareness this weekend

With the massive increase in heroin use and the rise in overdoses hitting Northern Kentucky, the City of Covington is teaming up with Kenton County, The Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Planning and Development Services (PDS) and the Northern Kentucky Health Department to educate citizens on how to protect themselves, their friends and family, and their community. Working together with...

Pair of legislative panels hear sobering accounts of impact of opioid crisis in Kentucky; it’s staggering

At one Kentucky hospital, people are actually bringing in heroin and shooting up with patients. That’s one example of the “very desperate situation” the opioid-abuse crisis has created, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson said while testifying before a panel of state legislators Wednesday in the Capitol Annex. He was among more than 25 people from across the country who testified...

Groundbreaking for Ludlow Plaza Project set for Friday; construction to begin officially on Monday

The City of Ludlow will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ludlow Plaza Project of Friday at 11 a.m. at the Ludlow City Building. The Ludlow Plaza Project is the construction of the new Municipal Parking Lot and Rail Viewing Station.   “The Ludlow Plaza Project is one component of an effort to create a transitional location from the east side of Ludlow, into the Historic Downtown Business District,”...

Sen. Julian Carroll files bill to allow sports wagering at horse racing tracks, off-track wagering facilites

Kentucky residents may soon be able to wager on their favorite sports team. A bill filed today by Senator Julian M. Carroll, D-Frankfort, sets the framework to allow any horse racing track or off-track wagering facility to offer sports wagering.   The majority of revenue generated from sports wagering will be deposited into the Kentucky Employees Retirement Systems Non-Hazardous and Kentucky Teachers’...

Time to get started on entries for state Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt a Highway art contest

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking the Commonwealth’s art teachers and students to get started on this year’s Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest and submit their entries before the deadline on Oct. 31. The Adopt-a-Highway Program’s Art Contest is held annually to increase public awareness about the damaging effects of litter, change attitudes and behaviors about littering and educate Kentuckians...

Region’s judges/executive say Northern Kentucky is in a good state and collaboration is a big reason

By Mark Hansel NKytribune managing editor The State of Northern Kentucky was the topic at Tuesday’s Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N Issues discussion at Receptions in Erlanger. Judges/executive Kris Knochelmann of Kenton County (standing), Steve Pendery of Campbell County (center) and Gary Moore of Boone County were the panelists at Tuesday’s NKY Chamber of Commerce Eggs ‘N...

Representatives Dennis Keene and Rick Rand pre-file gaming bill to address public pension shortfall

Taking a bold step towards addressing the pension shortfall, Representatives Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) and Rick Rand (D-Bedford) have pre-filed legislation that will bring hundreds of millions of dollars into Kentucky through expanded gaming. To be overseen by an expanded Kentucky Lottery Board, the gaming legislation calls for a constitutional amendment to be voted upon by Kentuckians that open the...

State Budget Director warns of huge increases in employer contribution to pension system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Budget Director John E. Chilton warned there will be huge increases in employer contributions to public pension systems unless lawmakers enact reform.   Chilton said out a letter Friday to employers whose workers are covered by the Kentucky Employees’ Retirement System that hikes will range from 66 to 88 percent without pension reform. 
Last week he warned of...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services reaches agreement with Bluegrass.org to operate Hazelwood

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has reached an agreement with Bluegrass.org – a Kentucky-based, non-profit organization – to assume management of Hazelwood, a state-owned Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Louisville. The agreement includes Hazelwood ICF, the Hazelwood specialty clinic, and three community homes. “Hazelwood plays...

Energy and Environment Cabinet requests to opt-out of reformulated gasoline requirements in NKy

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has formally requested approval from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to opt out of the federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) program in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties of Kentucky. Modeling by Cabinet environmental scientists, completed in July, showed that removal of RFG in Northern Kentucky will not interfere with the ability of...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted August jobless rate at 5.4 percent, unchanged from last month

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for August 2017 was unchanged from the revised 5.4 percent reported for July 2017. The preliminary August 2017 jobless rate was up 0.4 percentage...

Campbell County Public Library signs lease for new facility for Alexandria branch to open in January

The Campbell County Public Library recently signed a five-year lease for a 3,000-square-foot space in Alexandria to house a limited-services library at 8333 Alexandria Pike. The Alexandria Branch is expected to open in January 2018. The new library will occupy the entire first floor of the building and will be ADA compliant. The building is located on the west side of US 27 South next to Ken’s...

General Fund receipts show slight increase in August compared to last year’s figures, Chilton says

State Budget Director John Chilton has reported that General Fund receipts increased 1.0 percent in August compared to last year. Total revenues for the month were $728.3 million, compared to $721.4 million during August 2016. So far this fiscal year (FY18), General Fund receipts have increased 2.0 percent. Chilton noted that even though growth through the first two months of the fiscal year has...

KY sending more help to hurricane relief efforts; guardsmen, emergency personnel on front lines

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky is sending more help to Florida to aid in Hurricane Irma relief efforts. 
Kentucky Emergency Management said an ambulance strike team left early Monday morning for a seven-day deployment.   It consists of 30 members, six ambulances and a six-wheel ATV ambulance and is made up of members from Independence, Somerset, Boyd County, Lyon County, Livingston County.,...

Survey by NCSL shows improvements in staff morale at Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) is enjoying across-the-board improvements in staff satisfaction and morale, according to a survey conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Click to enlarge LRC employees are increasingly likely to agree that the agency follows consistent hiring practices, provides useful feedback to employees, addresses problems, acknowledges employee...