A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Gov. Bevin makes appointments to boards and commissions, including two individuals from NKY

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Joseph Anthony Hayden has been appointed to the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. • Joseph Anthony Hayden, of Louisville, is a Realtor. Hayden will represent real estate licensees and serve for a term expiring October 31, 2020.  The Kentucky Real Estate Commission examines, regulates and licenses real estate...

Covington Development Director Yeager resigns prior to Commission meeting to vote on his termination

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Covington Development Director/City Engineer Mike Yeager submitted his resignation this morning, prior to a special meeting by the City Commission that was expected to result in the approval of his termination. Yeager Yeager was given the opportunity to resign several weeks ago, but declined and it appeared he was going to force a Commission vote to end the...

Florence development update shows projects completed, under construction and in the pipeline

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The City of Florence 2017 Third Quarter Development Update recognized established businesses, identified completed projects and those under construction and highlighted a few still on the drawing board. In September, Metzger Eye Care, one of the oldest existing businesses in the city, celebrated 60 years of service. The Metzger Family has been involved in eye...

Law enforcement dispatchers, including one from Erlanger, graduate from KY DOCJT academy

Twenty-two law enforcement dispatchers graduated recently from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. Click to enlarge Monica Dietz of the Erlanger Police Department was among the graduates. The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 115th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999. The...

Thinking of running for office? Here are the steps, procedures for any office; apply by January 30

Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe offers the following information for those who are interested in seeking office. These procedures apply to any county. 2018 CANDIDATE INFORMATION SHEET 1. SEEKING POLITICAL OFFICE: Go to this website. This link has candidate requirements, candidate declaration paperwork and Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Forms a. Please make sure that you have all the proper...

Gov. Bevin, Justice Cabinet and Operation UNITE unveil new drug treatment helpline; starts Dec. 1

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE are launching a new substance abuse call center that will connect people across the state with drug treatment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.  Starting Dec. 1, Kentuckians struggling with a substance use disorder, either themselves or within their families, can call 1-833-8KY-HELP (1-833-859-4357) toll-free to speak with a specialist about...

Farm fertilizer runoff creating a worsening of algae bloom problem in U.S., global waters

“Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places,” John Flesher reports for The Chicago Tribune. Several factors contributing to larger algae...

Secretary of State convening task force to propose legislation action to legalize medical marijuana

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force of Kentuckians to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky. The group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects of these illnesses for years....

Children’s Environmental Health Summit: Health and well-being depends on quality surroundings

Public health specialists, health care providers, environmental experts, school personnel and representatives from child health organizations were among those gathered today at the Children’s Environmental Health Summit in Bowling Green. CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson opened the event by providing an overview of issues impacting children’s health and urging attendees to continue their...

Covington city commissioners join lawsuit against state over pensions; move ahead on Greenway

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Add another city to the list of those suing the state over its troubled pension system. In a surprise addition to the board’s legislative agenda Tuesday night, Covington city commissioners voted unanimously to join a class action lawsuit with other county cities like Fort Wright, Taylor Mill and Independence, asking for the separation of county funds (CERS) from...

Governor appoints three to the Gateway CTC board and a NKY attorney to the health, safety review board

Governor Matt Bevin has appointed three new board of directors members for the Gateway Community and Technical College and a Northern Kentucky attorney to the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Erik Hermes, Sonja Adams and Charles Session Jr. have been appointed to the Gateway Community and Technical College Board of Directors. • Erik Hermes, of Cold Spring, is owner of Hermes...

Beshear urges victims of fraud involving Western Union in KY to file claims, 7,000 eligible for $6.7m

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company. Beshear An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims. Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission...

City of Newport, River Metals Recycling offering electronics drop-off at city hall Saturday

City of Newport  and River Metals Recycling  offer an electronics drop-off only recycling event at the City Building on Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Go to the rear parking lot at 998 Monmouth Street. Acceptable Items for Electronic Scrap: Cell Phones Cell Phone Batteries Circuit Boards Copper Yokes CPU Chips DVD/CD Drives Floppy Disks Gold Connector Ends Hard Drives Laptops Laptop...

Secretary of State launches new online candidate filing portal for 2018 election cycle

The candidate filing period for the 2018 election cycle has opened and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging potential candidates to use a new online filing portal on the Secretary of State’s website. “The 2018 election cycle is what’s known in Kentucky as a county election year, so it will feature thousands of candidates,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s...

KY Court of Appeals rules Medical Review Panels can proceed; stay in effect until further ruling

The Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Appeals today ruled in favor of the Bevin Administration by granting a stay of the Franklin Circuit Court’s Oct. 30 ruling in the Medical Review Panels case. The Circuit Court’s opinion ruled that the new Medical Review Panel law was unconstitutional. Judge Acree As a result of today’s decision, 89 current cases will proceed, and all prospective malpractice...