A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Record high $8.4 million spent by lobbyists in the first three months of 2018 General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Spending by lobbyists during the first three months of the 2018 General Assembly reached an all-time high. According to the Legislative Ethics Commission, $8.4 million – a 17 percent increase over 2017 at the same time – was spent by lobbyists, led by tobacco tax, energy, and healthcare issues. The top spender during the first quarter of 2018 was Altria, one...

News briefs: Union welcomes Kitchen 1883, CovCath senior gets scholarship, NorthKey’s Braden honored

Union welcomes Kroger’s Kitchen 1883 The City of Union will hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony for Kitchen 1883, to welcome the business to the City. The Ribbon Cutting will take place at Kitchen 1883, 9003 US Highway 42, Union, at 4 p.m. on May 2. Members of the Union City Commission will be present along with several other Boone County officials. Jeremy Ramage, Chair of the Union...

Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky to be honored at 34th annual luncheon Tuesday

The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky will be honored Tuesday at a sold-out luncheon at the St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center in Erlanger. The program is presented by the Women’s Initiative of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, continuing a tradition that started in 1984. Over the past 34 years, more than 166 women have been honored for their outstanding service, integrity,...

Point/Arc raises $1.9 million in first phase of five-phase, two-year capital campaign

The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati has raised $1.9 million from a total of 393 gifts in the first phase of its two-year capital campaign.  The Point/Arc, located in Covington, was founded in 1972 and is a highly comprehensive organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of an often underserved community. Its mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual...

Bear activity on the rise and ranging out; fix your own habits so you don’t attract bear, coyote, other wildlife

Warmer temperatures mean bear activity is on the rise in Kentucky. Complaints about bears raiding garbage are on the rise as well, as hungry animals are looking for an easy meal. A bear problem may be easier fixed by changing your own habits, rather than trying to change the bear’s habits. Most bear problems center around food, according to John Hast, bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department...

Roebling Suspension Bridge reopens; downstream walkway closed until the weekend

The wait is over: The newly repaired Roebling Suspension Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati reopened Friday night, four days ahead of schedule. Mostly. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet told City of Covington officials this morning that the upstream walkway and the roadway reopened Friday evening to vehicles and pedestrians. But the downstream walkway will remain closed so the contractor can...

Acclaimed illusionist Ron Diamond to conduct two shows for Florence Christian Church fundraiser

Can everyone be hypnotized? Just ask illusionist and entertainer Ron Diamond. Florence Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will host a fundraiser for missions with the nationally acclaimed Diamond on April 28 at 300 Main Street in Florence. Diamond, who tours all over the country performing to standing-room-only audiences at fairs and festivals, offers an amazing show for all ages. Audience participation...

Florence to participate in national Drug Take Back Day Saturday; Government Center is drop-off spot

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Florence Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Florence Police Department at the Florence Government Building...

Newport Aquarium animal caretakers rally behind paralyzed penguin; she responds swimmingly

In honor of World Penguin Day, which was April 25, the Newport Aquarium shared an amazing story that’s incredibly close to its staff’s hearts. Penguin Palooza is home to nearly 50 penguins (photos courtesy of Newport Aquarium). It’s a story about one of their feathered friends who is on the road to recovery from a medical defect to her spinal cord. A year ago, Victoria the penguin couldn’t...

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...