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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...

Covington adds yet another corporate headquarters with M&M Service to growing list of new businesses

Yet another growing leader in its industry is moving its corporate headquarters to Covington, and this project, City officials say, boasts a strong “wow factor”: The numbers are big: M&M Service Station Equipment Specialist, Inc. will invest $3.26 million in buying and renovating a 100,700-square-foot building. A crew from M&M Service Station Equipment Specialists Inc., installs...

Kentucky sees third-largest drop in gas prices nationally in past week; low prices here to stay

Motorists saw plenty of savings at the pump from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The national gas price average during the unofficial start and stop to summer was $2.15 ― the cheapest since 2004. Demand was decimated this summer, which ultimately meant increased supply and cheap gas prices. That trend continues. In its latest report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that demand...

Stivers wants to see unemployment insurance, criminal justice issues addressed immediately

By Jacqueline Pitts Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers has been very vocal over the last week about issues he feels must be addressed to move Kentucky forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He has asked the governor to consider using federal assistance to help avoid a massive financial hit for Kentucky businesses as well as called on the governor to bring lawmakers back...

Report: Hotel industry six months into pandemic — 65 percent operating at below break-even threshold

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released an analysis on the economic and human struggle of the hotel industry six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with millions of employees still furloughed or laid off, and travel demand lagging far behind normal levels. Key findings of the report include: • Four out of 10 hotel employees are still not working.
 • Almost two-thirds...

Kentucky Department of Tourism launches ‘Stay Close. Go Far.’ campaign to promote in-state travel

The Kentucky Department of Tourism (KDT) has launched its “Stay Close. Go Far.” campaign. The marketing initiative is aimed at supporting local tourism partners, communities and businesses by producing inspiring content that reminds Kentuckians they do not have to travel far to experience all the beauty, history and adventures the state has to offer. “As we continue to remain diligent...

Three Judge-Executives to present ‘State of Northern Kentucky’ for NKY Chamber Eggs ‘N Issues webinar

One of the most important Eggs ‘N Issues of the year is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 from 8-to-9:15 a.m. The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Eggs ‘N Issues virtual event will explore the current ‘State of Northern Kentucky.’ Gary Moore, Judge-Executive of Boone County, Steve Pendery, Judge-Executive of Campbell County, and Kris Knochelmann, Judge-Executive...

Recognizing innovation, providing sustainable water options, CVG installs two DropWater stations

As travelers return to flying at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), they will now have two new sustainable water options. The airport installed two DropWater stations, one in Concourse A near Subway/Gate A2 and one in Concourse B near Gate B19, for passengers to either fill their own water bottles or purchase a drink in a 100 percent compostable container. The stations offer...

Next phase of Newport on the Levee begins, multi-level destination to be community gathering place

Major construction on the redevelopment of Newport on the Levee begins this week, announced local real estate company North American Properties (NAP). Located along the Ohio River with connections to the Purple People Bridge and views of the Cincinnati skyline, the multi-level mixed-use destination is being transformed into a vibrant gathering place for the community. By mid-2021, the new Newport will...

CVG receives $45 million in airport improvement grants from U.S. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) will receive a total of $45 million in Airport Improvement Program grants. CVG’s allocation is part of an overall $1.2 billion in nationwide funding that was announced. The national program, administered through the Federal Aviation Administration, helps to fund airport infrastructure...

Andy Bucher rejoins Republic Bank, named vice president and senior business banking officer

Andy Bucher has rejoined Republic Bank as Vice President, Senior Business Banking Officer. AndyBucher Bucher has 20+ years of experience in the financial services industry and previously worked for Republic from 2010-14 where he helped lead their expansion into NKY/Cincinnati. Bucher said, “I’m excited to be back at Republic. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world today and local...

3M evaluated AquiSense Technlogies’ PearlSurface for N95 respirator reuse stability

AquiSense Technologies, the global leader in UV-C LED disinfection technology located in Erlanger, is listed as a disinfection consideration in the latest bulletin from 3M on N95 respirator reuse. The PearlSurface has been added to the listing published by 3M as the only UV-C LED disinfection method that can treat N95 respirators whilst maintaining their crucial properties.      The PearlSurface...

City of Covington earns top certificate for financial reporting for 27th time in 28 years

When investors, creditors, bankers, and leaders want to get a thorough look at a City’s finances, they look to its “caffer.” The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, is an extremely detailed book that – in the words of those who compile it – “includes all statements and disclosures necessary for the reader to obtain a thorough understanding of the City’s...

Beyond the Curb shows off River City Living in Episode 5 featuring two homes in historic Mainstrasse

The fifth episode of the Catalytic Fund’s Beyond the Curb: River City Living video home tours gives viewers a peek inside two connected homes in the historic MainStrasse neighborhood. Built on adjacent vacant lots, the houses have the corbels, transoms and other details that allow them to fit in with the much older homes on Philadelphia Street. However, since the homes were built this year, they...