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State’s COVID surge continues but at slower rate; vaccines for children lining up for approval

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s surge in coronavirus cases continued last week, at a slightly slower rate than the week before. Hospitalizations from the virus remain low, and deaths, a lagging indicator, kept declining. The state’s weekly report, for the last Monday-to-Sunday reporting period, showed 8,127 new cases of the virus, an average of 1,161 cases per day. That’s...

KYTC reminding Kentuckians to ‘Click It or Ticket’ in advance of Memorial Day holiday weekend

As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining law enforcement around the commonwealth for the annual Click It or Ticket campaign, encouraging motorists to buckle up and stay safe. The federally funded campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) high-visibility seat belt enforcement...

CivicPoint: 2022 KY Primary Election analysis: few voters, no competitive races to draw them, surprises

By Trey Grayson CivicPoint Tuesday, Kentucky voters went to the polls for the May primary. Well, some of them did, but not very many.   Statewide, voter turnout was about 19%, according to the State Board of Elections, one of the lowest statewide turnouts in a county election year (what we call the federal mid-term election in Kentucky). In contrast, turnout in the past three primaries during county...

Ceremony at Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial to honor seven who died in line of duty in 2021

Gov. Andy Beshear will join the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation (KLEMF) and the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) next week to honor seven Kentucky law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2021. “These public servants choose daily to put themselves in harm’s way to protect all of us,” said Gov. Beshear. “Speaking to the families and loved...

City of Erlanger launches incentive program to turn Commonwealth Ave. into office business district

The City of Erlanger has launched an economic development incentive program that is designed to transform Commonwealth Avenue from a residential thoroughfare into an office business district. Bob McNichol of Skylight Financial Group at his Commonwealth Avenue site in Erlanger. (Photos provided) The Commonwealth Area Professional District Capital Improvement (CAP) Incentive and Grant program includes...

Second Driver Licensing office in Kenton County to open in Independence; renewals also available online

Kenton County will make the transition this week to a new, secure regional driver licensing model giving Kentuckians more choices and modern services. The two Kenton County Office of Circuit Court Clerk locations will become Driver Licensing Regional Offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The Circuit Court Clerk will cease licensing services starting today, May 19, and a new Driver...

Northern Kentucky ousts three Republican state House incumbents — and a bunch of political clout

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   Northern Kentucky lost three Republican incumbents in the Kentucky House of Representatives in Tuesday’s primary elections as well as much political clout in the legislature. A great deal of political clout in the legislature has been lost, especially for Boone County, which had in it districts represented by the three losing incumbents, said Ryan Salzman, associate...

Kenton County local elections results; low voter turnout — just 12.65% — decides November choices

Low voter turnout — at a total of 12.65% — in Kenton County produced candidates for the fall elections. Of a total of 141,968 voters, just 17,965 voters chose to vote in the primary which chooses the party’s candidates for the general election in November. Most of those voters went to the polls in person to vote. 15,796 voters voted on election day, 1,421 participated in early voting...

Covington Commission considers spending for APRA ‘buckets,’ brick pavers replaced at MLK, Madison

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s time to allocate the funds. In January, the Covington Commission created certain categories or “buckets” for their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, things like City Operations, Community Outreach and Public Health. On Tuesday, as part of their regularly scheduled caucus meeting, Commissioners got the ball rolling on how to spend money for 11 of those...

Rep. Adam Koenig appointed to national commission aimed at modernizing state insurance regulations

Representative Adam Koenig has been appointed to the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission (IIPRC) of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The Northern Kentucky legislator joins a group of state lawmakers who will pursue modernizing state insurance regulations and adopting a streamlined system of product regulation over product lines, including life insurance, annuities,...

Covington to host discussion with heritage trades employers Tuesday to gain input for new academy

Learning the “lost skills” related to repairing, restoring, and maintaining historic buildings is a viable career choice that will earn workers a living wage and make them highly sought-after by a wide array of potential employers. That’s the clear takeaway from a new labor and market analysis of this region that confirms what anecdotes have been suggesting: There is a huge and critical need...

KYTC reminds spring mowing season underway, urges drivers to use caution, be watchful for crews

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says spring mowing season is now underway, so they are urging drivers to use caution and watch for slow-moving mowing equipment on the state’s roads. As weather allows in May and June, crews will have tractors out on state highways mowing roadsides across Kentucky.  Safety vehicles will move along with mowing crews to warn traffic of mowers ahead. The Cabinet...

City of Dayton alive with improvements — plans eleven different public infrastructure projects

Eleven different public infrastructure projects — including new roads, sidewalks, pedestrian bump-outs, hiking and biking trails, and storm-water projects – will be constructed in the City of Dayton this spring and summer. O’Fallon intersection improvements (Photos provided) “This spring has been busy, and this summer and fall will be an extremely very busy time in our city for construction...

Attorney General urging Kyians to report suspected election law violations during Tuesday’s primary

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is urging Kentuckians to report suspected election law violations during the 2022 primary election to the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline by calling 1-800-328-VOTE. “Kentuckians play a vital role in identifying suspected election violations, and we urge anyone who witnesses a violation to report it immediately to our office by calling 1-800-328-VOTE,”...

Gov. Beshear update: Slight increase in COVID cases, new cabinet leadership, tornado victims help, more

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on economic development, tornado relief and COVID-19, as well as new leadership appointments. COVID-19 Update Beshear said there was another slight increase in reported COVID-19 cases last week, but the counties in yellow dropped from four the previous week to three. He noted that hospitalizations remain low but cautioned that Kentucky is seeing an uptick in the...