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Governors Beshear, DeWine submit second federal funding application for Brent Spence Bridge corridor

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that a second federal funding application was submitted jointly by the two states to support bridge and roadway improvements along the eight-mile Brent Spence Bridge Corridor from the Western Hills Viaduct in Ohio to Dixie Highway in Kentucky. The current funding request is through the Bridge Investment Program, which follows the...

State budget director John Hicks reports increase of 9.7 percent in state’s General Fund receipts for July

State Budget Director John Hicks announced Wednesday that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), totaled $1,077.1 million, a 9.7 percent increase compared to July 2021 receipts. This is the fifth consecutive month, and tenth out of the last 11 months, in which collections have exceeded $1 billion. The $95.6 million increase in revenues was concentrated...

Covington to help residents with backflow valves, more ARPA funding approved, firefighters honored

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter About a year and a half ago, the city took over the stormwater program from the Sanitation District. Now, officials are ready to help their residents. Tuesday night, at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting, Commissioners approved a series of proposals that will provide assistance to property owners who need “Backflow Preventer Valves” to eliminate basement...

With move finally complete, Covington Public Works set to showcase new campus in Peaselburg Friday

Consider this a — somewhat — belated change of address notice: Covington Public Works has a new home. Crews from the department that maintains the City’s infrastructure settled into their new address at 1730 Russell St. in Peaselburg a little over a month ago, gradually moving trucks, equipment, inventory, and office furniture from their former complex at the end of Boron Drive in Latonia. Making...

Jessica Neal pays $57,368 to get recount in Kentucky Senate District 24 primary race lost by 3 percent

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   Jessica Neal, a candidate in last spring’s Republican primary election for state Senate District 24 that covers Campbell, Pendleton, Bracken and part of Kenton counties, posted $57,368 Monday with the Campbell circuit court clerk to get a recount of the election. Neal, who works in the financial services industry, met a 1 p.m. Monday court-ordered deadline to...

Road report: KYTC District 6 reports on projects underway this week; watch for delays, closings

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports on work for highways in the region and warns motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: DISTRICT WIDE Striping operations underway – Striping crews are in Bracken, Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton Counties. Various routes are scheduled for re-striping. They will move to other counties as work progresses....

New SD1 EQ tank in Wilder will eliminate 47 million gallons of typical sanitary sewer overflow

SD1’s new 7.3-million-gallon Wilder EQ Tank will help eliminate 47 million gallons of typical year sanitary sewer overflows. (Photo form SD1) Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1) on Thursday celebrated the opening of a new wet-weather equalization (EQ) tank in Wilder that, in coordination with an adjacent project completed earlier this year, will eliminate about 47 million gallons of typical year...

Fort Wright donates police car, sends two cars loaded with products to Whitesburg Police Department

In response to a plea for emergency assistance from the Whitesburg Police Department in Letcher County, ravaged by the recent flooding in Eastern Kentucky, members of the Fort Wright City Council unanimously voted to donate a surplus Fort Wright Police Cruiser to the agency. The Whitesburg Police Department lost approximately seven (7) police cruisers in a recent storm that produced an unprecedented...

Covington to invest nearly $1 million in annual resurfacing projects on 22 city streets

All or part of 22 streets in Covington are about to get a smoother surface. Some 80,000 square yards of asphalt will be laid one and a half inches thick as part of a $995,000 contract that got underway this week on Tando Drive in South Covington. After finishing Tando, Riegler Blacktop Inc. will work its way north on the list of streets provided by the City, said Bill Matteoli, assistant director of...

Phase II of Covington’s Riverfront Commons Trail now complete and open to the public

Cyclists, runners, and walkers are making heavy use of the recently completed 1.5 miles of concrete path added to the Riverfront Commons Trail in Covington that winds along the Ohio River. The expanded multi-use trail opened to the public in mid-June and begins west of the Brent Spence Bridge and stretches west to Swain Court. The new path, previously just a gravel trail, is now separated from busy...

Covington commissioners consider helping residents with backflow valves, hear ARPA project proposals

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The city is considering providing assistance to property owners who need “Backflow Preventer Valves” to eliminate basement flooding due to sewer backups during heavy rains. During their regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night, Commissioners heard a proposal that would allow the city to partner with the Sanitation District to promote the Backflow Preventer...

Clinics turn to Kentucky Supreme Court to restore abortion access in the state

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   Abortion providers asked the Kentucky Supreme Court Tuesday to vacate the Kentucky Court of Appeals order that blocked a temporary ban on the state’s 2019 “trigger law” to restrict abortion access. The providers told the state’s highest court in an 11-page filing that the appellate court order “has upended 50 years of the status quo by halting abortion...

Attorney General Cameron wins Court of Appeals’ decision in abortion ban case; clinics halt work for now

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   Kentucky’s only two abortion clinics – EMW Women’s Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood, both in Louisville – stopped providing abortions Monday night for the time being in light of a court victory for Attorney General Daniel Cameron. The stoppage by the two clinics came shortly after the Kentucky Court of Appeals granted Cameron’s emergency request...

Kentucky voter registrations continue to rebound with 8,486 added in June; more ‘R’s’ than ‘D’s’

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that voter registration continues to rebound after two years of stasis, with 8,486 new voters added in June. “Voter registration is back,” said Adams. “Before the fall campaign heats up and early voting starts, now is a good time to check your voter information at govoteky.com.” 5,733 voters were removed from the rolls in June – 3,251 deceased voters,...

Eviction is Violence meeting held for Victoria Square tenants in Newport’s Bernadette Watkins Park

By Alexia Dolan NKyTribune intern The Cincinnati Housing Justice Coalition (CHJC) held an emergency housing meeting at Newport’s Bernadette Watkins Park, in collaboration with the Victoria Square tenants who are concerned about the future, after receiving notices from private developer, Sunset Property Solutions, that many were required to vacate their apartments by the end of October. Long-time...