A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Covington partners with Passport Parking to launch new mobile parking payment app

Tthe City of Covington has launched a mobile parking app, PassportParking®. The innovative technology allows users the option to conveniently pay for parking using their phone. Using the PassportParking app, users can purchase parking with a debit or credit card, monitor and receive notifications when their session runs low, view all parking history, and extend time remotely. Development Director/City...

Kentucky’s unemployment rate for June increases to 5.1 percent, slightly above last year’s figure

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for June 2017 was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent reported in May 2017. The preliminary June 2017 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 5 percent...

Marsy’s Law for Kentucky, an advocacy group for crime victims, announces NKY steering committee

Marsy’s Law has announced the establishment of a Northern Kentucky Steering Committee made up of nine prominent, bipartisan membersof the legislature who will help guide the campaign to success in 2018.   Marsy’s Law for Kentucky named State Senator Chris McDaniel, State Representative Joe Fisher, State Representative Dennis Keene, State Representative Adam Koenig, State Representative Kim Moser,...

Work on updating Bevin’s office at Kentucky State Capitol is being paid with private funds

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s not just the exterior of the State Capitol Building that is undergoing renovation. Some work inside is also underway.   Visitors are finding the door to Room 100, which is the lobby area leading to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office, is closed.  A sign outside the door tells people to go to Room 133, which is the Constituent Services office, located on the opposite side...

Kenton County Parks and Recreation rainout line provides automatic updates by phone or app

Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KCP&R) is making it easier for citizens to stay up to date when adverse weather affects sporting events and field availability. The Kenton County Rainout Line app provides residents with automatic updates on field conditions (click to enlarge). KCP&R has invested in Rainout Line, which includes several new ways to check the status of a field. The new number...

McConnell says he doesn’t have votes for health care bill; will move forward on effort to repeal ACA

In a statement released late Monday night, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), acknowledged that he does not have the votes to pass the proposed new health care bill. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell He indicated in the statement that the Senate will now take up a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and implement a two-year transition period to move to a new health care...

Women Unshackled: Kim Moser to speak in D.C. on growing female opioid-related incarcerations

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700 percent, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Last year, the Vera Institute of Justice and The Safety and Justice Challenge co-published a report confirming that the number of women in jail are the fastest growing...

Bevin names Himes to NKU board of regents, Finan to the KCTCS panel; others to various positions

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed a pair of Northern Kentucky residents to positions on Kentucky public university boards. Ashley Himes has been appointed to the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents. • Himes, of California, is assistant principal for Northern Elementary School in Pendleton County and a part-time farmer. Himes and her husband hold multiple degrees from NKU and are involved with...

Gov. Bevin signs order closing $152 million budget shortfall, ‘conservative spending plans’ necessary

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has taken steps to eliminate a $152 million shortfall, an action necessitated by a constitutional requirement that Kentucky never finish a fiscal year without the budget being balanced. “This year’s budget shortfall validates the need for conservative spending plans and it dramatically underscores the critical need for fixing Kentucky’s broken...

Advocates of tax fairness file reform measure for legislature; lowers burden on low-wage citizens

Advocates for modernization and fairness in Kentucky’s tax system filed a tax reform measure today for consideration by the Kentucky General Assembly. “We’ve worked together on a comprehensive measure that would replace our outdated tax system with one that is designed for today’s economy and today’s needs,” said Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville. “This plan is the answer to Gov. Bevin’s...

Kentucky Justice Secretary Tilley testifies to U.S. Congressional subcommittee on the opioid crisis

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley testified to a U.S. Congressional committee on Wednesday about state efforts to combat the deadly opioid crisis that claimed more than 1,400 lives in the Commonwealth last year. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley testifies to a U.S. Congressional committee Wednesday about state efforts to combat the deadly opioid crisis (provided photo) Secretary Tilley appeared...

Boone County needs volunteers to distribute door hangers Sat, raise awareness for Heroin Help Line

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office and the Judge/Executive’s Office are working to sign up volunteers to distribute literature in the fight against heroin in Boone County. The event will take place this Saturday, July 15. The day will start at the Sheriff’s Department located at 3000 Conrad Lane in Burlington with volunteers arriving between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Volunteers will walk door-to-door...

Covington provides update on Latonia water main break; NKY Water District responsible for cleanup

On Monday, July 10, a water main break occurred at 36th Street and Church Street in Latonia, causing pavement damage in the intersection and flood damage to several households in the area. The City has been in contact with the Northern Kentucky Water District and its insurance provider Bilz Insurance to confirm details of the water main break and to provide information to those impacted. The City received...

Florence Community Plaza project underway on Mall Road, City Night Out tonight at Nature Park

The construction of the Florence Community Plaza is underway. The plaza is located along Mall Road across from Planet Fitness and next to Snuggies. This property was donated to the City of Florence by owner Tom Green in 2016 with the expressed purpose that it shall be utilized as a community park. Florence immediately started working with city engineer, Viox & Viox to develop a plan to fulfill...

Federal Reserve researchers examine ‘wealth mobility’ and say it have declined since the ’80s

Examining data on families’ wealth over the past three decades, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland researchers Daniel Carroll and Nicholas Hoffman calculate changes in relative wealth mobility, i.e., how likely families are to move up or down the wealth distribution, relative to one another. They find that families have become less likely to change their position in the wealth distribution over time,...