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St. Elizabeth Healthcare expanding Florence hospital campus 125,000 sq.ft., undertaking variety of updates

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is expanding its Florence hospital campus to offer advanced, specialized care in Northern Kentucky and improve patient experience. Through a $65-85 million investment, nearly 125,000 square feet of new or renovated space and three years of development, the completed project will enable increased access to quality care for the community and reduce the need for residents to travel...

State Democratic Party says ag chief Ryan Quarles paid appointee who mostly campaigned for judge

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter The Kentucky Democratic Party claims Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has paid his chief attorney, Joe Bilby, $115,000 in taxpayers’ dollars while Bilby missed most work days to campaign for circuit judge of Franklin County. Ryan Quarles A release from the party Tuesday said Bilby has not worked a full week in the department since last September. It...

Cincinnati Children’s plans first-of-its-kind facility featuring primary care, subspecialty clinics in Union

Cincinnati Children’s plans to construct a multimillion-dollar medical building featuring a large primary care practice in Union. Important complements to primary care will also be located at the new facility, including integrated behavioral health counselors and a lab to speed test results. Cincinnati Children’s will also leverage the new location to improve access to specialty care, which will...

AAA: Nearly 663,000 Kentuckians expected to travel this July 4th weekend; many will take to roadways

With summer travel season in full swing, Kentuckians are expected to make the most of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, with 662,881 from the Commonwealth expected to travel 50 miles or more from June 30 through July 4. AAA predicts travel volumes nationwide to reach about 47.9 million people, just shy of 2019 volumes, and the second-largest travel numbers since 2000. Car travel will set a new...

Our Rich History: TMU’s Field Station starting next 50 years of river research, education, outreach

By Dr. Chris Lorentz Thomas More University Part 51 of our series “Retrospect and Vista II”: Thomas More College/University, 1971-2021 In 2017, Thomas More University (TMU) celebrated the 50th year anniversary of our Biology Field Station—a state-of-the-art STEM facility located on the banks of the Ohio River. Since acquiring the property, a former Army Corps Lock and Dam facility, in 1967,...

Prep Sports Notebook: Defending region champions post 9-0 record in summer basketball team camp

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter During the final week of high school basketball team camps before the summer dead period began, the Cooper girls team went 9-0 against opponents from three states at Transylvania University in Lexington. The Jaguars’ performance shouldn’t surprise anyone since they have all but one player returning from the team that made it to the semifinals...

The River: What’s hot on the river? The revamping of Charleston ‘Sternwheel Regatta’ and thus memories

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’s hot on the river besides the usual summer heat advisory is the news of the revamping of the Charleston, West “By God” Virginia...

Amanda Klare: In my 14th year teaching 4th grade, I set another goal for myself: make reading fun again

This was my fourteenth year teaching fourth grade. I know my contractual duties are to teach and assess the fourth grade English Language Arts standards; however, before this year even began, I set another professional growth goal for myself. Given the tragic consequences of missing crucial years of learning, I felt it vital to make reading fun again. I challenged myself to make this year my students’...

Augusta Distillery breaks ground on $23million Bracken County operating, creating 14 full-time jobs

Gov. Andy Beshear joined officials in Bracken County and leaders from Augusta Distillery LLC to break ground on a new $23 million distillery this week that will create at least 14 full-time jobs for Kentuckians. “I want to thank Augusta Distillery’s leadership for this commitment in Northeastern Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “The commonwealth’s signature bourbon industry continues to grow,...

‘Trigger law’ means most abortions end in Kentucky with Supreme Court Decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   As the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade Friday, eliminating a constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years, abortion is now over in Kentucky as well, except when a mother’s life is in danger, thanks to a “trigger law’ put in place by the legislature in 2019. Kentucky is one of eight states that now ban abortions in most cases; others...

‘Focus on Roebling’ photo contest returns after pandemic hiatus; entries accepted July 1-31

Get your cameras out and head to the river. July will see the return of the “Focus on the Roebling” photo contest hosted by The Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee (CCSBC), which showcases the historic bridge designed by John A. Roebling. The committee will be accepting submissions from July 1 to July 31 for the contest, which is open to the public and is being held for the first time...

New report shows rural voters rely on vote-by-mail, early voting, including 72% of rural Kentucky voters

Voters in rural areas across the country heavily rely on alternative ways to vote, including voting by mail and in-person early voting, and newly proposed state legislation would restrict their ability to cast a ballot, according to a new report by the nonpartisan election policy group Secure Democracy USA. The report, The Forgotten Voters: How Current Threats to Voting Hurt Rural Americans, found...

NKY Chamber’s new ‘Encounter NKY’ program aims to help emerging leaders develop relationships

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) has developed a new program focused on assisting employers with retaining top talent and growing the next generation of leaders within their organizations. Encounter NKY helps participants establish meaningful professional and personal relationships and will assist class members in developing a greater sense of belonging to the community while...

Covington’s annual drop-off event for recycling (e-waste, old files, styrofoam) Saturday at Holmes

Ready to purge that outdated television or computer? Tired of other electronic items gathering dust? How about that drawer full of sensitive paper documents you’ve been meaning to recycle? What about that stack of Styrofoam; you’ve been wanting to dispose of responsibly? If you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to finally get rid of those troublesome items, the day has arrived to do...

Mary and Ken Lucas, StoryPoint residents, to be Grand Marshals of Union Celebrates America parade

Every year, the people of Union, Kentucky, look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July holiday at the city’s annual festival — Union Celebrates America. With a parade, live music, food trucks, inflatables, face painters, balloon artists and more, the family-friendly event draws people of all ages together in celebration of the holiday. Mary and Ken Lucas This year, the event will be held at...