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Prep work on IRS site intensifies: Covington seeks firms for demolition, environmental hazards removal

Three underground fuel tanks. A 3,000-gallon underground concrete “vault.” A sprawling one-story brick facility whose “footprint” stretches across most of 17 acres. Asbestos. Lots of asphalt. And cavernous physical plant rooms filled with wires, compressors, greasy gears, generators, and valves – all the mechanics that make a federal government facility functioning and secure. As it exists...

Kentucky Lottery closes first half of fiscal year on record pace with more than $710 million in sales

The Kentucky Lottery reported Friday that sales for the first half of FY21 (July 2020 through December 2020) were higher than the first six months of any other fiscal year in the company’s history. Overall sales for the period were $710.3 million, which is $169.5 million (31.3%) more than the same period in the previous fiscal year. This was led by a 33.1% jump ($107.5 million) in sales of Scratch-off...

Kentucky unemployment rate in December rises 0.3 percent; state jobless rate now at 6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2020 unemployment rate was 6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary December 2020 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage points from November 2020 and up 1.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

McConnell participates in inaugural activities, turns leadership over to Schumer – and has this to say. . .

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who lost his Majority Leader post on Wednesday, participated in the inaugural ceremonies of Joseph Biden in the traditional roles expected of the leader of the Senate. As the Senate later convened to take up confirmation duties for the new President’s cabinet and the leadership gavel passed to Sen. Chuck Schumer, McConnell also delivered the...

Covington starts process for IRS demolition this week, mayor wants alternative sites for vaccines

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Next up for the IRS site? A big ol’ demolition. And that process will begin later this week when Covington City Manager David Johnston issues two Requests for Qualifications for demolition and environmental remediation of the site. But before he does that, he wanted to give a bit of a lesson to the city commission, who was again meeting remotely Tuesday night at...

Mayor Wilbur of Rabbit Hash named top ten Political Hero Dog by Halo as politics is dog-eat-dog world

Staff report Halo, a national company that manufactures safety collars for dogs, has named the top ten hero dogs of 2020, and the new Mayor of Rabbit Hash is on the list. Mayor Wilbur (Rob Stone Photography/NBC News via Halo) He is #1 Political Hero Dog. Said Halo: American politics is a dog-eat-dog world — and sometimes that means an actual dog is in the office. Wilbur is heroic for helping us spread...

Completed Covington Connect initiative eroding ‘digital divide’ thanks to 124 Wi-Fi access points

Thousands more Covington families have free access to the Internet, courtesy of the all-but-completed “Covington Connect” initiative whose goal is to smash the digital divide in much of the city.   Cincinnati Bell, working with the City of Covington, is completing the installation of 124 strategically placed Wi-Fi Access Points – aka “hotspots.” Each device creates a “zone of connectivity”...

Tri-ED surpasses 2020 project, annual salary, capital investment targets; big success in tough times

The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) announced its 2020 economic development results, which surpassed the targets set by the company. Tri-ED supported a diverse group of 27 companies with expansions or new location announcements with 1,563 jobs and $268M in capital investment in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in 2020. Advanced manufacturers represented 44...

Civil Rights legend Raoul Cunningham to speak at four cities’ virtual MLK Day on Monday at 6 p.m.

A civil rights leader who started fighting for equality and justice at age 14 and has continued that fight for over six decades will be the guest speaker during a virtual event Monday night sponsored by four Kenton County cities to honor the life and message of Martin Luther King Jr.   Raoul Cunningham was arrested in 1961 as a student demonstrating against segregated public accommodations in Louisville...

Kentucky National Guard will deploy to Washington D.C., state Capitol on inauguration day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard is sending 270 members to Washington, D.C., for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. The soldiers and airmen will assist in protecting property and providing a safe environment for citizens to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protest. These Guardsmen will begin leaving the state in the next several days, and will be...

Kentucky legislature adjourns until Feb. 2; one bill sent to Governor, budget discussions will continue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly spent the last day of the first part of the 2021 session working on the state budget and sent one bill to the governor. 
There were four budget bills under consideration, for the Executive Branch, Transportation Cabinet, Legislative Branch and Judicial Branch. 
All four were passed as continuation budgets of the current fiscal year. The...

Covington approves Protective Life agreement, another step in changing city’s economy

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter In the past, Covington was always known as a river-based, manufacturing town. Now, there’s a new economic sector that produces the most jobs in the city — finance and insurance. Over 20 percent of the jobs in the city are in those realms, Mayor Joseph U. Meyer said at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled commission meeting. The commission was again meeting virtually...

Petition filed with state House asks for impeachment of Gov. Beshear for actions related to the pandemic

Staff report Four “citizens of the Commonwealth” have filed a petition with the Kentucky House of Representatives asking for the impeachment of Governor Andy Beshear over the handling of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House has set up a committee to consider the petition, as required by law. Gov. Andy Beshear K.R.S. § 63.030 provides: (1) Any person may, by written petition...

Treasurer Allison Ball returns more than $16M in unclaimed property to Kentuckians in 2020

Treasurer Allison Ball has announced $16,290,800.08 in unclaimed property returned to Kentuckians in 2020. The Treasurer’s Office completed more individual property claim returns than the previous year, despite the pandemic and the implementation of reduced in-person staff and telework practices. “I am proud of my team for their hard work and commitment to serve the Commonwealth through returning...