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Senate oks Chris McDaniel’s bill to move election for governor, constitutional officers; goes to House

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A proposed constitutional amendment to move Kentucky’s election for governor and other constitutional officers is the first bill to clear a chamber during the 2020 session. Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, is the sponsor of the bill, which he has presented for eight years in a row, and says lawmakers have missed the opportunity to save money. “The Commonwealth...

City of Covington loosens rules for food trucks, pilot program allows more locations, longer hours

Covington has loosened its regulations governing mobile food vendors – aka “food trucks” – to let them operate for longer hours and at more locations in the city. The Covington Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved two ordinances related to food trucks. The creative design agency BLDG created posters to advertise a regular event featuring food trucks in Covington...

People of NKY: Wilma Mounce-Popp has been taking care of her friends at ‘her’ Skyline Chili for 46 years

By Ginger Dawson NKyTribune reporter In March of 1967, the Covington Internal Revenue Service opened for business in its enormous flat-topped building. At the time, it was considered a life-saver for the city; in the throes of a sadly depressed reality after booming mid-twentieth century prosperity. Two thousand people went to work at the top of 4th and Russell streets every day.  Optimism for the...

State of Commonwealth: Gov. Beshear says state’s future depends on Kentuckians working together

In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s future depends on leaving divisive politics in the past and focusing on providing opportunity for every Kentucky family.   Gov. Beshear said the transformational and positive change Kentucky families count on occurs when we break the cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction, and obtain a good-paying career,...

Koenig trying again: Sports wagering bill on deck before legislative committee on Wednesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A sports wagering bill will have its first consideration by a legislative committee this week. 
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, is scheduled to be heard by the House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Wednesday morning. 
Under the measure, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission would be the state body that oversees sports betting. Adam...

Regional Alliance’s 1NKY facility is now open in Frankfort, putting region’s best, unified foot forward

1NKY Frankfort, a new hub for sponsoring NKY organizations and businesses to convene, strategize, advocate and provide collective impact, is now open. The facility, an initiative of the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance, is located at 418 Capital Avenue in Frankfort, within walking distance of the Kentucky State Capital. It offers NKY businesses an opportunity to have a consistent presence and provide...

Our Rich History: Newport Barracks and Mexican-American War; housing soldiers ready to be deployed

Part 13 of our series, “Resilience and Renaissance: Newport, Kentucky, 1795-2020” By Steve Preston Special to NKyTribune In 1845, President James K. Polk officially annexed Texas. An angry Mexico broke off diplomatic relations, and the United States turned towards war. Many were moved by patriotic duty to defend the new annexation. Manifest Destiny was in full swing and patriotic fervor stirred...

Late scoring run carries NewCath girls to victory in 9th Region All “A” Classic championship game

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Everyone in the gym could see that Newport Central Catholic coach Ralph Meyer Jr. wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in the opening minutes of the 9th Region All “A” Classic girls basketball championship game against St. Henry on Saturday at Lloyd High School. After the Thoroughbreds committed turnovers on eight of their first 10 possessions,...

The River: Passing chilly winter day pursuing mystery related to 1871 steamboat explosion. . .

The riverboat captain is a storyteller, and Captain Don Sanders will be sharing the stories of his long association with the river — from discovery to a way of love and life. This a part of a long and continuing story. By Capt. Don Sanders Special to NKyTribune What started as a simple inquiry on one of the many steamboat social media pages I spend an inordinate amount of time perusing during these...

The Immigrant: The Life of Matthias Toebben in his own words — and what a life it has been

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Matth Toebben tells his story as only he can and as you turn the pages of his book, The Immigrant, the words come to you in his distinctive voice – heavy still with the German inflection from his boyhood, peppered with his innate good humor and the pain and poignancy of a life fully lived. If you are lucky enough to have heard any of the stories firsthand, before...

Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky moving to new home; will offer 24-hour access to care

Kenton County, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY) announced Wednesday ESNKY’s new location in Covington, designed to better help the homeless population in the area. The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (ESNKY) in Covington is expected to move from it’s current location on Scott Street (shown here) to a new home at at 436 West 13th Street...

Sandmann lawyers agree to settlement in defamation lawsuit against CNN, terms not disclosed

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Parties for both sides in the lawsuit involving Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann and CNN have confirmed that a settlement was reached Tuesday. The settlement was agreed to at the federal courthouse in Covington but details, including a monetary amount, were not made public. Sandmann, left and Phillips Sandmann’s attorneys sought $275 million in...

Kenton County cities unite to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; joint event to focus on ’empathetic listening’

Four Kenton County cities – Erlanger, Elsmere, Independence, and Covington – are coming together for a joint celebration of the life and message of Martin Luther King Jr. The rare collaboration – believed to be the first ever – will feature a multi-dimensional event on the national holiday itself, Jan. 20. “The focus is on ’empathetic listening.’ That’s...

Simon Kenton girls, CovCath boys voted No. 1 in first high school basketball coaches polls of the season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Simon Kenton swept the first-place votes in the first Northern Kentucky girls high school basketball poll of the season conducted by the NKyTribune. Covington Catholic came out on top in the boys poll, but Highlands received a couple first-place votes after getting off to a 13-0 start. The Simon Kenton girls have a 14-2 record that includes fives wins over...

Kentucky Humanities centers statewide literacy initiative on Wendell Berry’s ‘Hannah Coulter’

Kentucky Humanities has selected Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter for its 2020 Kentucky Reads. The novel will be at the center of statewide conversations on the changes in rural America, rural Kentucky and including what it means to be part of a rural community. Hannah Coulter was selected in conjunction with the arrival of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America coming...