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News briefs: St. E. Foundation golf classic; Chamber cyber security workshop; Brighton literacy grant

Business professionals, community leaders and decision makers throughout Northern Kentucky will gather together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere to play golf at the 2018 Grant Golf Classic on Thursday, May 10. Throughout the years, this event has raised more than $75,000 for projects including a new hospice room on the inpatient unit, treatment chairs for cancer patients and rehabilitation equipment...

Kids Voting Northern Kentucky panel includes State Treasurer Ball; future civic leaders recognized

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Kids Voting Northern Kentucky switched things up with its annual event honoring future civic leaders. The Kids Voting NKY panel included, left to right, Bellevue City Councilman Ryan Salzman, Boone County Board of Education Student Representative Brian Padilla and Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball. Kenton County Attorney Stacy Tapke, at the podium, moderated...

Northern Kentuckians benefiting from clean, renewable solar facilities in Grant, Kenton counties

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Duke Energy Kentucky recently built three renewable energy projects in Northern Kentucky, including the Crittenden Solar Power Plant in Grant County, for which there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday. Chuck Session, vice president for government and community affairs for Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky, addresses the crowd at Monday’s ribbon-cutting (photos...

Pew Research Center: About a quarter of U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly online

By Andrew Perrin and JingJing Jiang Pew Research Center As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, 26% of American adults now report that they go online “almost constantly,” up from 21% in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January 2018. Overall, 77% of Americans go online on a daily basis. That figure includes the 26% who go online almost constantly,...

Kentucky Highway Plan priorities 1,000 bridge repairs, 5,000 miles of pavement improvements

Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements during the next six years. “The recently enacted six-year Highway Plan represents the most balanced approach released by Kentucky in decades for addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation needs,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “This data-driven plan moves us in the right...

Greater Cincinnati Foundation awards $300,000 ‘Providing Safety Net’ grants to nine NKY nonprofits

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recently awarded $300,000 in grants to 9 nonprofits in Northern Kentucky to support the provision of food, shelter and behavioral health services for some the region’s most vulnerable residents, as part of GCF’s annual Providing a Safety Net funding round. All grants awarded were made in partnership with GCF donors.   “We care about this community and want to...

Back-and-forth lawsuits by AG Andy Beshear and Gov. Matt Bevin involve new pension reform bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s a new wrinkle in the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Andy Beshear seeking that the public pension reform bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin be thrown out.   An important part of the suit alleged Senate Bill 151 is unconstitutional because it was signed by House Speaker Pro-Tem David Osborne, who Beshear argued is not...

KFTC hosts meet and greet with candidates for Covington City Commission at Roebling Point Books

Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth has scheduled a Meet and Greet with the candidates for Covington City Commission, Coffee With Candidates. The candidates for Covington City Commission have been invited to join residents at Roebling Point Books and Coffee on April 21, to meet with voters one-on-one. Members of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth will be on hand to help register...

Repair work began on Roebling Suspension Bridge Wednesday; May 1 is targeted completion date

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announces repair work began Wednesday on the John A. Roebling Bridge. The historic structure was struck by a vehicle on the night of March 20. The impact distorted and cracked one of the primary vertical members. This section was added to the Roebling Bridge in the late 1890’s by Wilhelm Hildebrand to help strengthen the original structure. Once the damage was...

Gabriel declares for NBA Draft, but leaves door open for possible return

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wenyen Gabriel has always wanted to play at the next level and will get a chance to test the waters. Wenyen Gabriel announced his plans to enter the NBA Draft on Wednesday. Gabriel doesn’t plan on hiring an agent and could return next season. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) The University of Kentucky forward declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, but won’t retain...

NKyTribune’s Gene Clabes among those named to UK journalism’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni

NKyTribune Associate Editor and co-founder Gene Clabes is among nine journalists who will be inducted into the University of Kentucky School of Journalism’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni Thursday evening. The alumni to be recognized in addition to Clabes include an widely recognized photographer for National Geographic, a popular and beloved Courier- Journal columnist; the editor of the newspaper...

2018 legislature: Big winners — children in foster care, crime victims; the rest — losers and questions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2018 General Assembly is now history and while there are some obvious winners and losers, there are two other categories to consider: “both” or “too soon to tell.” Children in foster care, or awaiting adoption, is one area that is an obvious winner. A bipartisan working group named on the final day of the 2017 session by then-Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown,...

Honor Flight to transport 70 Tri-State veterans to nation’s capitol on Tuesday for ceremonies

Seventy Tri-State veterans and their guardians will take an Honor Flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport today destined for Washington, D.C., to see memorials and participate in ceremonies that honor their service to their country. Honor Flight Tri-State’s mission is to fly veterans ages 65 and above who served stateside or overseas to their memorials in the nation’s capitol...

Home prices increase, inventory shortage levels impact sales in KY; sales track near record pace

The real estate market in Kentucky is seeing a rise in home prices for the first two months of the year while home sales have leveled off. The median price rose 5 percent year-over-year to $119,523 in February compared to $113,833 in 2017. In January, the median price was up 4.6 percent to $122,433. This compares to Kentucky’s median price for all of 2017 of $128,589. Nationally, the median home...

A look at some of the new laws passed during the Kentucky General Assembly 2018 regular session

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 regular session ended Saturday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and numerous other measures that will affect people throughout the state. Most new laws – those that come from legislation that don’t contain emergency clauses or different specified effective dates – will go into effect in mid-July. A...