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Gov. Beshear announces $19.4M to clean drinking water projects, improved sewer systems in NKY

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than $19.4 million to one county and three water utilities serving Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties in multiple stops in NKY Tuesday. The funding is part of the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program to deliver clean drinking water and improved sewer and water systems around the state, creating an estimated 3,800 jobs statewide. Gov. Steve Beshear “Our...

CVG airport wraps up ’21 with report on big successes — and reveals what to expect in ’22

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) continued its forward momentum in 2021 despite turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether on the passenger or cargo side of the business, or completing major projects, the airport remained focused on its five-year strategic plan and made significant progress throughout the year. Photos from CVG’s year in review “We’ve continued...

Leading medical oncologist, Dr. Manish Bhandari, joins St. Elizabeth Healthcare; leads clinical trials

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has announced a leading medical oncologist, Manish Bhandari, MD, has joined its oncology care team. Dr. Bhandari is a graduate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and completed his oncology fellowship from the reputed oncology division at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His area of expertise focuses on advancing science and care delivery, as well as new therapy...

Florence family needed support when trying to adopt a child, they found it through a UK social network

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Most adoptive and foster parents will tell you, deciding to bring a child into your home is not a job — it’s a calling. For Chris and Amy Schroder, of Florence, that call came unexpectedly. But they didn’t hesitate to answer. “There was a young man in the school system where I work as a registered nurse, and they were having a hard time finding placement...

The lives of our children: The data is available to make improvements — if we want to let it drive policy

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune data editor First of two parts Every day in our country, 61 babies die before their first birthday, 826 babies are born without health insurance, 1683 babies are born into poverty, 2956 high school students drop out, 248 children are arrested for drug crimes. The current state of our children’s lives will determine the quality of their lives and the lives of all us. Unfortunately...

COVID update: Gov. says son Will tested positive for COVID, urges vaccines for kids; 33.06% positivity

Gov. Andy Beshear said that his son, Will, tested positive for COVID-19 and is generally asymptomatic, adding that his son is fully vaccinated and recently received his booster shot. The Governor and the rest of the family tested negative for the virus today. The Governor was tested twice today and said he will continue to be tested daily and follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Gov....

Holy Cross basketball is family affair for players, coaches on teams headed to All “A” Classic

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter For several members of the Holy Cross boys and girls basketball teams, going to the Kentucky All “A” Classic state tournament in Richmond this week will be somewhat like a family outing. Three players on the girls team — Aleah Arlinghaus, Alyssa Arlinghaus and Ella Lehmkuhl — are first cousins. Alyssa’s father is head coach...

Our Rich History: Thomas More College adds a football program which has become very successful

By Dr. Raymond G. Hebert Thomas More University Part 29 of Our Series: “Retrospect and Vista II: Thomas More College/University 1971-2021” It was on Thursday, February 9, 1989, that a much-talked-about article appeared in the Cincinnati Post entitled: “Mount St. Joseph Sees Campus Growth with Football.” As the Vice President for Academic affairs (VPAA) at Thomas More College at the time, I...

Bircus Brewing keeps growing, plans move into downtown Cinci, issues 2nd crowdfunding offer

Paul Miller’s Bircus Brewing Co. just keeps growing, and he has started its second crowdfunding effort to keep it growing still. Bircus became the first brewery in the U.S. to equity crowdfund by registering with the SEC in March 2016. Having started in Ludlow, Miller opened Bircus’ second location in Covington at 39 W. Pike Street offering its craft beers and wood-fired pizza, began self-distribution...

And we remember when she was a newborn: World-famous hippo Fiona is FIVE today — Happy Birthday!

World-famous hippo Fiona is five years old today. But since it’s too cold for the beloved queen of the Queen City to be outside on her big day, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be hosting a virtual birthday celebration. Thane Maynard with Fiona’s birthday cake (Photo provided) “It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since Fiona was born,” said Cincinnati Zoo director...

Jan Hillard, A Sunday read: Who are we politically — and can we find common ground? Take a quiz

Today, more than ever, we get daily reminders that as a people, we are more and more politically polarized. These reminders foster an “us vs them” mentality where finding common ground seems impossible. Media outlets and legislators proliferating false information reinforce the belief that an insurmountable gulf grows between Republicans and Democrats. If we are indeed irreparably polarized, compromise...

TMU President Chillo opens spring semester with State of University Address to campus communty

Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D., kicked off the spring semester speaking to the campus community in a State of the University Address this week about investments and initiatives that will drive the University’s commitment to become the premier Catholic liberal arts institution in the region. In the address, held via Zoom, Chillo spoke about upcoming work to accomplish goals...

House passes $64B budget, leaving $1.14B unspent; does not include Covington’s life sciences funding

Staff report Kentucky’s Republican-led House passed by an 85-to-8 vote its own version of a new two-year $65 billion state budget which goes to the Senate for consideration. It leaves $1.14 billion unallocated and there are hints of tax cuts. The final version will be hashed out by conferees from both chambers, but the Senate is now clearly in the driver’s seat. A key piece of funding is...

State to begin accepting ’21 tax returns on January 24; deadline to file is April 18; here are some helpful links

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is in the process of finalizing its tax filing processes and procedures, striving to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible. The IRS recently announced it will begin accepting electronic and paper federal individual income tax returns on Monday, Jan. 24. Kentucky will follow the same timeline and begin accepting and processing returns on...

Gravity Diagnostics, Kroger Health team up to offer ‘3 tests, 1 swab’ multiplex test for flu A/D, RSV, COVID

Gravity Diagnostics’ 3-in-1 multiplex tests for flu A/B, RSV, and COVID-19 combined, to help differentiate these three types of infections in respiratory specimens. As part of a nationwide expansion across Kroger’s 224 Little Clinics, Gravity Diagnostics will perform the 3-in-1 multiplex test and provide convenient and accurate results to the public. “We hope to continue controlling the spread...