A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Gov. Bevin appoints three Northern Kentuckians to Boards, Commissions on emergencies, child care

Gov. Bevin has appointed three Northern Kentuckians to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Kentucky Emergency Response Commission  • Henry Bertram, of Falmouth, is a former judge/executive of Pendleton County. He will represent local government. • Steven Hensley, of Villa Hills, is director of Homeland Security Emergency Management for Kenton County Fiscal Court. He will represent technical expertise...

Center for Education and Workforce Statistics: Jobless rate down again, lowest in 42 years

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March unemployment rate was 4 percent, the lowest rate recorded for the state in the 42 years since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started providing data in 1976, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS). The unemployment rate for March 2018 was down from the revised 4.1 percent reported for February 2018. The preliminary...

State to offer more than 250 vehicles for sale at surplus fleet auction April 24 in Frankfort

More than 250 vehicles, including nearly 120 pickup trucks and SUVs, are being retired from the state motor pool and will be auctioned off April 24 at the State Service Garage, 513 Barrett Street in Frankfort. The public auction begins at 10 a.m. Individuals can pre-register and inspect the vehicles from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 23 or register and view them the morning of the sale from 8 to 9:50...

Jill Bailey named new City Administrative Officer for Fort Wright; Ed Butler joins Kenton Detention Center

Jill Bailey, currently City Administrative Officer for the City of Taylor Mill, has been named City Administrative Officer (CAO) for Fort Wright. Bailey will replace current Ed Butler who has accepted the position of Chief Deputy with the Kenton County Detention Center after two years of service in Fort Wright. Bailey was chosen from field of 30 applicants who submitted resumes for the position. Jill...

Festival, parade this weekend for Covington’s 3rd Annual Running of Goats and Spring Celebration

The Kentucky Derby has Derby Week. The Reds’ Opening Day has its parade. The Kentucky Speedway has its race-day tailgating. In Covington, the warm-weather return of the Goebel Goats has the 3rd Annual Running of Goats and Spring Celebration. The festival will take place from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the Hellmann Creative Center at 321 MLK Jr. Blvd./12th St. It is expected to bring...

Long-awaited Latonia Avenue reconstruction to begin week of April 30, scheduled for completion in the fall

The teeth-rattling drive on Latonia Avenue is about to get better. Covington’s Public Works Department announced that weather permitting, the long-awaited second phase of the reconstruction of the heavily traveled city street will kick off the week beginning April 30. The $631,000 project should be finished by Oct. 30. “This is a big deal, a big project,” said Rick Davis, Public...

New Education Commission forces resignation of Dr. Stephen Pruitt during a special meeting on Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Board of Education, with new members appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin in place, voted to accept the forced resignation of Education Commissioner Dr. Stephen Pruitt during a special board meeting on Tuesday.   Pruitt has been commissioner since September 2015. Bevin made it clear Tuesday before the board’s vote he was unhappy with the state’s recent...

Covington to retain local firm to investigate suing drug companies over prescription opiates

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter City commissioners agreed Tuesday night to move forward with obtaining legal representation and investigating the possibility of suing drug companies over the prescription opiate crisis. The city will retain the counsel of Covington-based Bonar, Bucher and Rankin to investigate whether they can sue to recover costs incurred by the drug problem, which has stretched...

Governor files motion in Franklin court to disqualify AG Beshear from lawsuit against pension reform

Gov. Matt Bevin has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear and his office from the lawsuit filed last week against Kentucky’s recently enacted pension reform law (Senate Bill 151). Gov. Bevin Today’s filing lays out an argument that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth (his client) regarding SB 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional...

Reminder from Sec. of State: Deadline to register to vote in Primary Election is April 23; here are details

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 23, ahead of the Commonwealth’s Primary Election next month.    “We’ve made it easy to register to vote in Kentucky with GoVoteKY.com, and we are extremely proud of the portal’s success. As of today, more than half a million people have used GoVoteKY.com...

PSC Cuts Duke Energy electric rate request; typical monthly residential bill to increase by $2.56

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has substantially reduced an electric base rate increase sought by Duke Energy Kentucky. As a result, the average monthly bill for a typical residential customer will increase by about $2.56, or about 3.2 percent.  Duke Kentucky’s original rate adjustment request would have produced a monthly increase of $15.17; a subsequent revised request would have...

This Week at the State Capitol: General Assembly 2018 session ends with overrides, last-minute bills

State lawmakers put the finishing touches on the General Assembly’s 2018 session this week by overriding gubernatorial vetoes, most notably on the state budget and tax reform legislation, and passing bills right up to the session’s final hours. House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne joined the applause shortly after he brought down the gavel to adjourn the House for the final time in the General Assembly’s...

Kentucky lawmakers override governor’s vetoes as teachers watch from the gallery, protest outside

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly overrode three major vetoes from Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday when thousands of teachers again made their presence felt in the Capitol, showing up to call for more money for education and protesting changes to their pension plan. Lawmakers voted to override three of Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes on Friday. (LRC photo) Lawmakers overturned vetoes...

Covington seeks help planting trees in Austinburg Saturday, in honor of Arbor Day 2018

Like to dig in the dirt? Think blacktop and concrete are prettier with a touch of green? Then Covington needs you this Saturday. The city is recruiting volunteers to help plant nearly 50 trees along East 18th Street in celebration of Arbor Day 2018 and the city’s 14th year as a Tree City USA. No special skills or tools are needed – just an interest in strengthening the urban canopy to...

AG Commissioner Quarles announces Kentucky Proud Wedding Contest, prizes include $5K

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that Kentucky couples will have the chance to walk away with a $5,000 grand prize package in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) first Kentucky Proud Weddings Contest. Quarles “Kentucky couples want to share their love of their Commonwealth as well as each other,” Commissioner Quarles said. “This contest will provide an added incentive...