A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Boone County Fiscal Court to vote on reduced dwelling unit fee in April to pay for system upgrades

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Boone County Fiscal Court is one step closer to approving an ordinance that will allow for improved 911 emergency dispatch services, while identifying an alternate funding source for enhancements to its communications system for first responders. The Fiscal Court considered two options at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting and chose a dwelling unit...

Twenty law enforcement executives graduate from Criminal Justice Executive Development program

Twenty law enforcement executives from agencies across Kentucky graduated from the Criminal Justice Executive Development program, an advanced leadership course designed for supervisors at small- and medium-size agencies from across the state.   Mt. Sterling Police Chief David Charles served as guest speaker.   The 20 graduates comprised the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s 20th CJED class....

Among 50 bills Bevin has signed into law: Family planning fundiing, Blue Lives Matter, charter school

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Planned Parenthood stands to lose any shot it had at government funding for family planning under a bill signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday. The law will puts Planned Parenthood at the back of the line among organizations seeking family planning funding in Kentucky. Bevin has signed more than 50 bills into law since the start of this year’s legislative session,...

‘Tools in the toolbox’: Legislature puts several bills in play to combat state’s growing opioid epidemic

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The 2017 General Assembly has passed several bills meant to put more “tools in the toolbox” as the state works to combat its growing opioid epidemic. And several more are in the pipeline to pass when lawmakers come back March 29 and 30. Those two days are provided to reconsider any bills Gov. Matt Bevin vetoes, but legislation in the pipeline can...

Law enforcement officers graduate from KY Department of Criminal Justice Training

Thirty-two law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated today from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.   The graduates of Class 480 completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations,...

Work Ready Skills Initiative receives 41 project applications in second round of bond funding

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet received 41 project applications — totaling more than $165 million in requests — for second-round funding consideration through the Commonwealth’s new $100 million statewide workforce development bond fund, the Work Ready Skills Initiative. The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee awarded approximately $65.5 million of the $100 million...

Campbell County to offer Clean Up event March 31, April 1 for residents only — see details here

Campbell County will hold a free Clean Up event — for Campbell County residents only — on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at three locations. No televisions or liquids of any kind (including paint, oil or antifreeze). Must show valid I.D. and unload your vehicle. See details here and see the website.

LRC roundup: Growing number of bills sent to governor, as legislators take break for ‘veto period’

This has been a year for early arrivals at the State Capitol.   Within a week of the 2017 legislative session’s start in January, bills started arriving in the governor’s office to be signed into law, an extraordinarily quick start for a session of the General Assembly.   We’ve had more early arrivals at the Capitol in recent weeks as hundreds of the tulips in the Capitol gardens have already...

Deadline extended to nominate favorite business for Covington’s Business Excellence Awards

You have until 4 p.m. on March 20 to nominate your favorite Covington business for the Business Excellence Awards. Links to the nomination forms have been updated to fix any issues. Take a moment and try again to nominate a great Covington business. The City of Covington currently seeks nominations for its third annual Business Recognition Program through an online form, direct mail or drop-off. The...

Boone, Kenton, Campbell counties reap benefits of HIDTA designation to tune of $275k

Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties were granted more than a quarter of a million dollars from the federal government to intensify Northern Kentucky’s fight against the opioid epidemic. These funds are being fully directed to the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force to support law enforcement initiatives to battle illegal distribution and use of heroin across the region. On March 14, the Office of...

Legislative briefs: Higher ed performance funding, toxicology screenings, quit smoking, playgrounds

State funding for Kentucky public colleges and universities would be allocated based on the schools’ performance under a bill now on its way to becoming law. Funding would be based on student success, course completion, and school operational needs under the comprehensive funding model created by Senate Bill 153, sponsored by President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, with initial distributions...

Covington awards Riverfront Commons project to Sunesis, in phases to finish this year

Covington’s Mayor and Board of Commissioners have approved an order awarding the Riverfront Commons Project construction bid to Sunesis Construction. The bid awards $1,280,480 to Sunesis to begin the construction of pieces of the Riverfront Commons project in the Northern Kentucky river cities of Ludlow, Newport and Covington. Covington’s current plans for Riverfront Commons can be divided...

Governor’s appointments include Carle to medical assistance council, Evans to deaf commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Julie K. Spivey and Jay H. Trumbo have been appointed to the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance. Chris G. Carle has been reappointed. • Julie K. Spivey, of Lexington, is a pharmacist at the Eastern State Hospital. Dr. Spivey will represent the Kentucky Pharmacist Association. She shall serve for a term expiring...

NFIB’s small business ‘Optimism Index’ shows ‘change in policy’ encouraging, labor market tight

Small business optimism remained at one of its highest readings in 43 years, as small business awaits a new healthcare law, tax reform, and regulatory relief from Washington, according to the February National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index, released today. “It is clear from our data that optimism skyrocketed after the election because small business owners...

‘Open Hearts/Open Homes’ initiative advocates for adoption and foster care; for Governor, First Lady it’s personal

Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin launched the “Open Hearts/Open Homes” initiative at the “Summit to Save Our Children” event they hosted in Frankfort. The initiative is part of the Governor’s pledge to improve the state’s adoption and foster care system by mobilizing a network of nonprofits, faith-based organizations and loving families. More than 200 people from across...