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ProPublica: Tracking money and issues in the midterm elections — Some questions to ask

This year’s midterm elections are being particularly closely watched, which means there’s plenty of news coverage and armchair quarterbacking from pundits. But everyday citizens can get informed about political races by asking a few questions. ProPublica’s Cynthia Giwa reports: Where’s the money? From whom does your representative or candidate take campaign money? How do they...

Knoll named Florence Fire/EMS chief; things about to get ‘hairy’ at the City’s police department

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen has announced the appointment of Assistant Chief, Scott Knoll as the new Fire/EMS Chief, replacing Chief Kelly Joe Aylor who is retiring November 1. Knoll Knoll is a 17-year veteran of the Florence Fire/EMS Department and has served as Assistant Chief since 2014. He was hired as a Firefighter in 2001 and has risen through the ranks of the department, holding the positions...

Secretary of State says registered voters total 3.4 million: 1.68m Democrats, 1.41m Republicans

More than 3.4 million Kentuckians are registered to vote ahead of the General Election on Nov. 6, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday.  Democrats represent the plurality of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters, or 49.6 percent of voters. Republicans total about 1.41 million, around 41.7 percent of voters, and more than 295,400 voters, about 8.68 percent, are...

City of Union to serve as dropoff point for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Oct. 27

The City of Union City Building, 1843 Mt. Zion Road, will serve as a drop-off point for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 27. The National day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, will provide an opportunity for citizens to turn in their unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal.  Officers...

Gov. Bevin in NKY; participates in forum, attends dedication of NKU Health Innovation Center

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin was in Northern Kentucky Wednesday, participating in a community forum in Newport, then heading to Northern Kentucky University to cut the ribbon on a new Health Innovation Center. Governor Matt Bevin addresses an overflow crowd at a community forum Wednesday in the Campbell County Fiscal Courtroom in Newport (photos by Mark Hansel). Campbell...

Covington’s 1Q financial report says city ‘right on track;’ Devou Park gets new website, signage

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter There was a void, said Pete Nerone, director of the Devou Park Advisory Council. “One that’s been there for a long time, that’s finally being filled,” he added. He was talking about the need for a unified branding effort for Devou Park. In a report to the city Commission Tuesday night, he and Matt Butler — chair of special projects for the Devou Good Project,...

Kentucky one of 19 states whose ‘hacked’ voter information is being sold on Dark Web

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky is one of 19 states whose voter information is being sold on the Dark Web, according to a report by a website that covers news for IT professionals and decision-makers. 
ZDNet reported Monday afternoon voter information for approximately 35 million U.S. citizens is being peddled on a popular hacking forum. 
”To our knowledge this represents the first reference...

Newport receives grant of $91,500 from KOHS to upgrade police communications equipment

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter The City of Newport has received a grant of $91,500 from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security that will be used toward the purchase of digital radio communication equipment for use by the police department. “We were fortunate enough to be awarded that grant and it comes in handy,” Newport City Manager Thomas Fromme said at Monday night’s board of commissioners...

White Cane Safety Day in Covington celebrates independence for the blind and vision impaired

What’s it like to cross the street when you’re blind? A demonstration involved using a Seeing Eye (guide) dog (provided photos). Some of Covington’s top police administrators and others found out Monday during the annual “White Cane Safety Day.” The Covington Police Department is a partner in the event, which is sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Council of the Blind and...

NKY Chamber to present special Government Forum on talent featuring Colvin, McGraw and Summe

The NKY Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) will present a special Government Forum on the topic of talent attraction and retention on Thursday, October 25 at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena. 
 Garren Colvin, President & CEO, St. Elizabeth Healthcare; Eric Summe, President & CEO, meetNKY; and Candace McGraw, CEO, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will participate...

Kentucky Lottery sales dip slightly in first quarter; current Powerball and Mega Millions runs closing gap

In the meeting of the Kentucky Lottery Board of Directors, it was announced that first quarter sales for FY19 (July 1 thru Sept. 30) dipped 2 percent compared to the previous year. Overall sales for the period were $250.6 million, which is $5.2 million less than the same period in FY18. According to Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison, Powerball was the big culprit. “That game...

OKI Council of Governments awards $41 million for 24 transportation projects in region, includes NKY

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has awarded support to TANK, access to Northern Kentucky University, extensions to Riverfront Commons and Conner Road Path and paths along KY 8. Board President and Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers announced the award of more than $41 million to be distributed to 24 transportation projects in the region. “With unanimous support, the...

Grants available to fund clean diesel; $275K program to reduce emissions from Kentucky school buses

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely has announced the 2018 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide $275,689 for projects to reduce diesel emissions from aging school buses in the Commonwealth. Funding is being made available through the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This competitive program is open to all public...

General Fund receipts rose 4.4 percent in September and has grown 4.5 percent in FY19 first quarter

State Budget Director John Chilton has reported that General Fund receipts rose 4.4 percent in September with revenues of $1,077.3 million. This compares to $1,032.4 million collected in September 2017. Through the first quarter of the fiscal year (FY19), the General Fund has grown 4.5 percent.   The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared...

KYTC issues emergency declaration in anticipation of Hurricane Michael damage to aid with relief effort

In anticipation of Hurricane Michael and its potential to cause damage to the southeastern United States, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has waived certain commercial motor carrier regulations for operators involved in relief efforts. Thomas Secretary Thomas issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected areas to deliver...