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Fridays in July offer plenty of family-friendly fun at Behringer-Crawford Museum — here’s the schedule

Puppets, paper airplanes, art that pops, birds of prey . . .  Fridays will be a flurry of family-friendly fun at Behringer-Crawford Museum during July. Each Friday from 7-8 p.m., BCM’s open-air amphitheater will host low-cost, entertaining and interactive outdoor activities that grown-ups and kids can enjoy together.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 3-12. Parking is free....

Judge declares Kentucky’s pension overhaul unconstitutional, citing process used to enact law

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has declared a new Kentucky law overhauling the state’s government pension system unconstitutional. Teachers protest the pension overhaul at the Capitol in April. A Franklin Circuit judge has ruled the law unconstitutional. (Photo from Kentucky Today) In a ruling Wednesday, Shepherd took issue with the process lawmakers used...

OAG responds to complaint, rules City of Villa Hills did not violate state Open Meetings Act on May 16

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has determined that the Villa Hills City Council did not violate the state’s Open Meetings act on May 16. A large and vocal crowd filled the River Ridge Elementary School cafeteria March 6 for a Villa Hills City Council vote on a controversial zone change that would allow development at a site on the St. Walburg...

Kentucky’s military bases get big boost from new defense spending bill approved by U.S. Senate

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act approved by the Senate includes a sizeable amount for military bases and other facilities in Kentucky.   According to a statement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, the bill authorizes more than $150 million in funding for military construction projects at installations in Kentucky in addition to other defense...

Florence Elementary principal, Lisa Resing, selected for prestigious BB&T national leadership institute

A Florence principal is set to begin a year-long executive-level leadership training course usually reserved for the nation’s top CEOs. Lisa Resing of Florence Elementary School was selected to participate in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals by an advisory board made up of business leaders and school superintendents. Lisa Resing Resing, one of 40 selected...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Zucchini wars have begun (hang the vine borer) and a new chapter opened

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune As many of you may know, I have spent much time, sweat and emotional anguish over the simple desire to have a successful, long-lived zucchini crop.   My fellow gardeners — is it too much to ask for? Over the years I have tried many, many techniques that have come highly recommended as tactics to fend off that hated foe of zucchini everywhere — the...

Louisville man killed in two-car crash early Wednesday morning on Interstate 75 in Walton

NKyTribune staff The Boone County Sheriff’s office has released details of a two-car crash on Interstate 75 northbound in Walton early Wednesday morning that resulted in the death of a Louisville man. Police say David Marshall, 62, was killed when his car was struck by another vehicle after stopping in the left lane of travel. It is not clear at this time why Marshall stopped his car. The vehicle...

Graduate transfer Reid Travis looking forward to fresh start at Kentucky

Reid Travis was one of the top players in the Pac-12 last year and will play at Kentucky next season as a graduate transfer. (Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Reid Travis long to make a decision on his future. Travis, one of the top players in the Pac-12 during the past two years, announced he will attend Kentucky as a graduate transfer next season to pursue...

Poor People’s Campaign lacked permit for demonstration inside state Capitol, says State Police

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a simple explanation why teachers were allowed to protest inside the Capitol this spring and the Poor People’s Campaign was not allowed to protest inside in three separate rallies, Kentucky State Police said.   The Poor People’s Campaign only applied for a permit that let them use the front steps of the Capitol while the teachers filled out the proper paperwork...

Griffin Elite Sports hosting Kid Camps thoughout July for kids ages 6-12, involving all kinds of sports

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter The Griffin Elite Sports Performance & Wellness Center will be hosting camps throughout July for kids ages 6-12 promoting various sports activities. The camps will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday of July and include, basketball and soccer drills and games, as well as various agility and obstacle courses.   Griffin Elite opened in...

Covington supports development plan for former Gateway Hilltop Campus site — with conditions

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter After listening to a public hearing last week and further discussing the pros and cons Tuesday night, city commissioners have agreed to support the Stage I Plan of a proposed residential development at a former Gateway Community and Technical College site. But there are two conditions, which involve streets in two cities. More than three dozen residents and leaders...

Interstate 471 ramp and lane closures scheduled for travel into Northern Kentucky this week

Bridge work requires the following various nightly ramp closures on Interstate 471: *Close the ramp from south I-71 to south I-471 and the Reading Road/Liberty Street ramps to south I-471 from 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 until 5 a.m. Thursday, June 21. The ramps from Fifth Street and U.S. 50 to south I-471 will also be closed during this time. *Various lane closures on Eggleston Avenue and Culvert Street...

Nine-member bipartisan panel of state legislature to look at sports wagering legislation for the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today  A bipartisan House and Senate panel is being formed to craft legislation to allow sports wagering in Kentucky.   A decision last month by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow states to decide their own fate of sports betting means, for the first time since 1992, wagering on sports will not be limited to only Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. 
Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville;...

Experts discuss innovations, treatments and new possibilities in cancer care in Northern Kentucky

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter A panel of representatives from local cancer companies and researchers gathered to speak about cancer at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs N’ Issues panel discussion on Tuesday. Recent collaborations between pharmaceutical companies and major health providers in the region hope to open doors for new possibilities in cancer care. Dr. Ray Takigiku, president...

Around the links in Northern Kentucky: Lucas to play at Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Course familiarity and a fortuitous schedule break has lured veteran Northern Kentucky golfer Lance Lucas back to the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association’s marquee event. Lucas will tee it up next week at the 109th Tony Blom Metropolitan Amateur Championship at Triple Crown Country Club after a two-year layoff, and he likes his timing. “I’m really...