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Overhyped hemp? Amid major price drop, and a big bankruptcy, Kentucky hemp farmers feel burned

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley Resource John Fuller is waiting for another farmer he’s never met before to talk about a situation he never imagined he would be in. It’s an overcast January day on his farm in west Kentucky, where he grew 18 acres of hemp last year, investing more than $250,000 of his own cash. He’s one of nearly 1,000 licensed hemp growers in 2019 who helped grow Kentucky’s biggest...

Business briefs: Big Dig canceled, Cove Federal Credit Union elects board; CTI acquires Clinart

Big Dig canceled The Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky, creators of the Big Dig, have cancelled the 2020 Big Dig presented by Riegler Blacktop and Dudley Construction. The Big Dig relies on the help of many volunteers whose concerns over health and safety must be addressed. Due to COVID 19 requirements, it is impossible to deliver a quality event while keeping volunteers and guests...

Keven Moore: COVID-19 lawsuits spreading in American court system like an unchecked virus

The coronavirus pandemic will radically change many things about American life by the time it has run its course. But one thing is for sure, and that is it will not change our reliance on the court system to resolve disputes. Like with any new exposure, the COVID-19 pandemic has produced a tsunami of litigation across the country that has spread like an unchecked virus growing across the continent....

Child care centers struggle to stay open during COVID-19 pandemic; working moms affected most

By Nadia Ramiagan Public News Service Across Kentucky, child care centers are struggling to stay open, and it’s unclear how many will shut their doors for good. Early federal data shows working moms are the most likely to be affected. Shannon Starkey-Taylor is CEO of Learning Grove, a network of child care centers in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. She said even with federal relief, her center...

Newport on the Levee to open The Exchange, short-term retail and office space (and Ripple Wine Bar)

North American Properties (NAP) has unveiled plans for The Exchange, a ground-floor artisan market with second-story office spaces that will open in the former Barnes and Noble building at Newport on the Levee. Launching in November in time for the holiday season, The Exchange comes as part of NAP’s ongoing redevelopment of Newport on the Levee and creates opportunities for local businesses to lease...

James B. Beam Institute prioritizes environmental stewardship in UK study of water sustainability

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Water is essential to bourbon. Fresh, clean water is what allows the starch in the grains to reach their full potential. As a result, many distilleries were built near natural water sources. Kentucky has plentiful, naturally filtered limestone water in many parts of the state, and stewarding those watersheds is a key priority for the James B. Beam Institute for...

Customs officials seize $1 million in cocaine, counterfeit clothing at Port of Cincinnati in Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Customs and Border Protection officers in Kentucky have been kept busy discovering illegal drugs and counterfeit items coming into the United States from overseas. On Thursday, officers at the Port of Cincinnati facility in Erlanger, seized a shipment containing 29 pounds of cocaine concealed in 11 pouches labeled as shelf-stable emergency food rations. The cocaine has a...

Ludlow Theater, Bircus Brewing present Ok-TUBA-fest through weekend — special beer, music, circus

The Ludlow Theatre and Bircus Brewing Co. are presenting Ok-TUBA-fest! through Sunday. Ok-TUBA-fest is a unique celebration in Greater Cincinnati! A celebration of German Bier, Tuba music and circus. Live music from America’s premier Euro party band, PROST, The Nasty Nati Brass Band, The Zinzinnati Bier Band and others. German food provided by Mick Noll and Tuba Baking Company. Bircus Brewing brewed...

DBL Law breaks ground on Covington headquarters, an $11.3 million refurbishment of Monarch Building

DBL Law broke ground Thursday on its premiere headquarters, an $11.3 million refurbishment of the historic Monarch Building that will return Northern Kentucky’s largest law firm to its downtown Covington roots. DBL Law was joined in the groundbreaking by officials and representatives of organizations assisting with and supporting the project, including the City of Covington, Covington Independent...

Kentucky Chamber gives MVP Awards to Reps. Adam Koenig, Kim Moser, and Sal Santoro

Representatives Adam Koenig, Kim Moser and Sal Santoro were presented the Chamber MVP Award by Kentucky Chamber Vice President of Public Affairs Kate Shanks. The three Northern Kentucky legislators are among a select group who “went to bat” for Kentucky business during the 2020 Kentucky General Assembly.   “During this legislative session and throughout their time in office, these legislators...

Covington’s Zapata Cantina holds grand opening in downtown at 8th and Madison, offers ‘authentic fare’

Covington’s Zapata Cantina has opened in Covington. The cantina, named after the early 20th century Mexican revolutionary and folk hero, will focus on Mexican street food with a modern interpretation of traditional dishes. Everything is made in-house, including Zapata’s own two-toned tortillas. A wide selection of mezcal and tequila will headline the beverage offerings, along with some new takes...

SD1 earns seventh consecutive international award for Excellence in Financial Reporting from GFOA

For the seventh consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has awarded its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Sanitation District No. 1. Sanitation District No. 1 has earned its seventh consecutive international award for Excellence in Financial Reporting. “The GFOA award recognizes SD1’s continued commitment...

Report shows digital safety net helps Kentucky small businesses survive during COVID-19

The Connected Commerce Council (3C) has released a report detailing the existence and importance of the small business “Digital Safety Net” to businesses in all 50 states. The report confirms that small businesses using more digital tools, technologies, and online marketplaces are doing better during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who embrace digital tools early and integrate them more are doing...

NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative: Regional Summit returns as two-day virtual event on Oct. 13-14

One of the NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative’s most anticipated professional development events – the Women’s Initiative Regional Summit, sponsored by PNC – is returning this October and will expand to a two-day virtual event for the first time in its five-year history. Taking place Oct. 13-14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the fifth annual Women’s Initiative Regional Summit will feature...

AAA: Research indicates automakers’ marketing of driver-assist technologies may be misleading

Motorists using new in-vehicle technologies with names like AutoPilot or ProPilot may believe the driving assist systems are more capable than they actually are, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. AAA is urging automakers to err on the side of caution when it comes to naming and marketing the new technology, encouraging car dealers not to overhype vehicle capabilities...