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National pump price for regular gasoline drops to $1.99 per gallon, cheapest average in four years

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time in four years. The national gas price average is $1.99. Here in Ohio the average is $1.63 with motorists able to find gas for less than $2/gallon at 99 percent of gas stations. AAA expects gas prices to push cheaper by at least another quarter in April. The decline is due to COVID-19’s chilling effect...

Covington-based CTI partners with Humanigen for study of Lenzilumab for treatment of Coronavirus

Covington-based CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services has partnered with California-based Humanigen, Inc. on a study for the treatment of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Humanigen, Inc., (HGEN) (“Humanigen”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on preventing and treating cytokine storm with lenzilumab, the company’s proprietary Humaneered® anti-human-granulocyte-macrophage...

Covington waives construction/renovation permit fees; goal is to keep projects on track, protect jobs

The City of Covington is temporarily waiving permit fees – but not application requirements – commonly associated with development, construction, and renovation projects to help protect jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The buildings on Seventh Street that used to house Heringer Meats are being turned into commercial storefronts and apartments (Provided photo). The fee waivers –...

Covington officials remind small businesses that disaster loans can help; KY center is place to start

City of Covington officials are reminding small businesses and non-profits affected by the coronavirus pandemic about a loan program offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is ready to assist business owners with the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan application, contingency planning and financial management/cash flow planning. “Your...

Covington businesses can get money for mortgages, rent to help protect jobs, prevent vacant storefronts

Qualifying businesses can apply for up to $500 a month to help pay rent or mortgages under a new, temporary program the City of Covington has created to protect jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The Emergency Disaster and Rent & Mortgage Business Assistance Program is one of three executive orders signed by Covington Mayor Joe Meyer  to help local businesses stay solvent during the global...

Local small business owners hit hard by COVID-19 restrictions share their stories in emotional video

The novel 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a devastating impact on our region, the country, and, in fact, the world. Perhaps nothing has been hit harder than the region’s small businesses. Many of the owners of these small, independent restaurants, bars, breweries and other companies, have overcome long odds to achieve some level of success. Even in good times, small businesses often operate on...

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber retools to serve business during COVID-19 pandemic

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has pivoted its operations to support businesses and the Cincinnati regional economy during this unprecedented time. For more than 180 years, the Cincinnati Chamber has served the region’s business community; and at the moment when businesses and employees need the most support, the Chamber is delivering on its mission to grow the vibrancy and economic prosperity...

Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky event rescheduled for June 23; purchase tickets here

The 2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky awards program has been rescheduled for June 23. The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative postponed the event from its original date in April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The awards honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community, and the qualities...

Joe Cotton: A time to buy; it’s a Bear Market but it’s bound to rebound — and there are bargains

The Market has crashed, dropping about 10,000 points in less than 30 days as of March 21, aided and abetted by overvalued share prices and the Coronavirus, Covid-19. Typically there are two types of Bear Markets – either A) a long extended decline with 3 down-legs, punctuated by significant rallies after each down-leg, or B) a violent down-move of short duration. In early March, we told our clients...

Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants now offering milk, produce items, cereals and more — drive thru, delivery

Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants are now offering milk, produce items and more. Big Boy’s Market items are now available through Frischs.com, carryout, drive-thru and delivery. Order them along with favorites like Big Boys, onion rings and shakes from the Frisch’s Big Boy menu. “Frisch’s Big Boy is here for you in these challenging times,” said Jason Vaughn, president and CEO of Frisch’s...

TANK to reduce services, change procedures, in response to COVID-19 pandemic, effective Monday

NKyTribune staff The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky has announced a schedule of reduced services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes include back door-boarding, to encourage social distancing, and free rides, until further notice. In addition, many routes will be on a Sunday schedule and others will be suspended until further notice. Limiting of non-essential travel is encouraged...

Sales in Saturday’s ‘Online Cellar Release’ of Braxton Dark Charge to benefit furloughed employees

Staff report The story of Braxton Brewing Company is the story of the American Dream and there isn’t a single successful American Dream that doesn’t endure uneasy circumstances. But Jake Rouse, co-founder and owner of Braxton, says this week has been the most difficult ever for the company. “Five years ago my brother and I decided to take this leap of faith — like many entrepreneurs,...

Duke Energy taking steps to help customers, communities and employees through the virus hardships

Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have announced a comprehensive set of steps to help customers, communities and employees manage the economic hardship caused by COVID-19.   “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires an unprecedented response,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. “We hope the customers and communities we are privileged to serve – and the outstanding...

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) provides COVID-19 operations update

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has provided the following update, dated March 18, regarding airport operations in response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: For the well-being of our passengers and employees, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is committed to operating a safe and clean airport. We continue to coordinate with the...

City of Covington zoning rewrite winding down; assistance and incentives available for businesses

NKyTribune staff The City of Covington’s plan to modernize it’s zoning code is nearing completion and a draft of the proposed district map is available for viewing. In addition, the City continues to offer several incentive programs for businesses owners in the Covington. Modernizing the zoning code The 18-month effort to modernize, simplify, and improve Covington’s zoning regulations...