A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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...

Kenton County Fiscal Court calls for nominations for Kenton County Pioneer Award; deadline is December 15

Kenton County Fiscal Court is seeking nominations for Kenton County Pioneer Award. Established in 2017, the award recognizes four living residents of Kenton County who have a record of outstanding service to the community and exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity. T he Pioneer Award honors those who demonstrate servant leadership combined with awareness of the needs of our fellow residents. Each...

Rep. Brian Linder says he did sign settlement with staffer on sexual harassment accusations

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today State Rep. Brian Linder admitted he signed a settlement agreement with a legislative staffer who accused him and other lawmakers of sexual harassment. 
“I am deeply sorry and want to publicly apologize to my family and you, the voters, who elected me to represent you, and the entire commonwealth for my actions that have led to this grief and embarrassment,” Linder...

State leaders come together in Louisville to discuss workplace diversity at Governor’s EEO conference

More than 275 state leaders convened in Louisville at the Muhammad Ali Center Wednesday to participate in the Governor’s 31st Annual Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) conference. Worthington “This conference gives state leaders an opportunity to share best practices for building an inclusive work environment, one of the core values by which our state agencies operate,” said Personnel Cabinet...

House Republicans have closed-door meeting with new speaker, David Osborne; have hired a lawyer

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky House Republicans held a four-hour closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon and released little information afterwards.   Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, spoke briefly with reporters at the conclusion of the meeting but didn’t divulge much of anything new about the status of the pension bill.   
“We had a very brief meeting with the Senate this morning...

Rep. Koenig receives Friend of Kentucky Cities Award from KLC at Erlanger City Council meeting

Representative Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) was honored with a “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award Tuesday night at the Erlanger City Council meeting. Koenig The “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award is given by the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) to legislators who perform outstanding work in the legislature advocating for issues that impact cities across the state. “I am honored to receive the 2017...

Covington launches new data hub — COVDATA — to improve openness on government operations

Aiming for transparency and accountability in city government, the City of Covington has launched a new initiative, COVDATA, which allows anyone to browse datasets and reports of information collected by the City to document government operations. The COVDATA portal enhances transparency and accountability by sharing the City’s data with citizen’s and the general public. The COVDATA portal is accessible...

More legislators speak out about sexual harassment allegations in Frankfort; call for answers

A group of state representatives, including NKY’s Addia Wuchner released a statement Sunday evening expressing shock and anger at the allegations of sexual harassment that have unseated Jeff Hoover as Speaker of the House — and are still resonating throughout the Capitol. The group calls for a “complete and public” response to their questions about the allegations, detailed...

Jeff Hoover resigns as Speaker of the House but will keep his seat in the legislature

Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover announced he will resign as speaker effective immediately but keep his seat in the House at a press conference Sunday afternoon at the State Capitol. The press conference came 24 hours after Gov. Bevin called for the resignation of anyone involved in secret coverups of sexual harassment. The Courier-Journal first reported that Hoover settled an allegation by a woman...