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State Transportation Secretary tells Kenton Fiscal Court gasoline tax increase needed to raise revenue

By David Holthaus NKyTribune reporter There’s talk of hiking Kentucky’s gasoline tax and the head of transportation in the Commonwealth says he’s all for it. Greg Thomas, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, told Kenton County leaders Tuesday that the state tax on gas needs to go up in order to keep up with the maintenance of tens of thousands of miles of roads around Kentucky. Sec....

City of Covington provides information on how to report a pothole and who is responsible for repairs

The City of Covington’s pothole repair crews have been out fixing the damage done to street surfaces by winter’s freezing and thawing, road salt, plows, and traffic. Covington Public Works employees fixed these large potholes on E. 15th Street between Scott Boulevard and Greenup Street. At left is cement brick mason Gene Koehl. At right is driver Dan Bitter. Unseen and driving the truck...

Educator, human rights advocate join Housing Authority of Covington board

Brandon Mims and Bradie Bowen hve been appointed to the board of the Housing Authority of Covington (provided photo). A long-time educator and a human rights advocate are the newest members of the Housing Authority of Covington’s board of directors. The appointments of Bradie Bowen and Brandon Mims were approved by a 5-0 vote of the February 12 Covington City Commission for terms that expire...

Report: Rocket Dockets getting Kentuckians into substance abuse treatment programs faster

Attorney General Andy Beshear says Kentuckians facing drug-related offenses are getting into substance abuse treatment programs faster because of the effectiveness of the state’s Rocket Docket programs. Beshear Beshear said treatment is paramount for these Kentuckians, their families and their communities if the state is to recover from its current drug epidemic. Rocket Docket is a program that permits...

Gov. Bevin orders flags at half-staff in honor of Fort Campbell soldier killed in suicide explosion in Syria

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that U.S. and Kentucky flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Monday, Feb. 18, in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida. Chief Warrant Officer Farmer was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He died Jan. 16, in Manbij,...

Gov. Briefs: KY REALTORS recognize Koenig with award: Kenton County has recycling essay contest

Kentucky REALTORS has awarded the Jess and Carolyn Kinman Award to Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger. The award was presented in the Capitol Rotunda for his efforts as Co-Chair of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee and his involvement with House Bills 2, 329 & 465 from the 2018 General Assembly. “My experience as a REALTOR gives me a unique perspective on the challenges this important...

City of Covington invites residents to help shape zoning code rewrite through input at open houses

The City of Covington is inviting the public to four neighborhood open houses over the next two weeks to begin weighing in on “the Z word.” The City of Covington wants the public’s help in fundamentally restructuring its approach to zoning, the process by which communities guide physical development of land. The “Z” stands for zoning, an often misunderstood and maligned...

Covington commissioner wants resolution in support of pro-casino HB190 to help solve pension crisis

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It was an otherwise quiet, predictable gathering for Commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night. But you never know what folks are going to say at the end — that’s why it’s always a good idea to stick around.  Don’t be mistaken — there wasn’t anything especially controversial discussed. In fact, when it came time to deliver Commissioner...

Covington firefighters are stair masters; defend title in 45-floor Fight For Air Climb at Carew Tower

In the end, the training paid off: Covington firefighters not only defended their title in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in Cincinnati but did so in dominating fashion: All told, firefighters wear about 55 pounds of gear for the 45-floor climb. • Covington finished 2 minutes and 19 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Ohio’s Anderson Township. • Covington’s...

Piece by piece, the massive Madison Overlook floodgate along Covington’s riverfront takes shape

Parks and Facilities Supervisor Brad Schwenke picked up a 10-lb. sledgehammer and gave the steel stanchion three hard blows. Members of Covington’s Public Works Department put together the spine of the floodgate that will block the Madison Avenue floodwall gap and hold back the rising Ohio River (provided photos). It wasn’t enough. The 2,000-lb. A-shaped piece of frame – the fifth...

Covington’s new grant writer on the trail of money; ‘there are some funds we haven’t gotten to yet’

At its core, Meganne Robinson’s mission at the City of Covington is simple: Help the City search under proverbial rocks for money that can be used to fund services and projects. Robinson Robinson, the City’s grant writer, started this week in a newly established position. “We have high hopes in creating this position, and we think Meganne is the person who can meet those expectations,”...

This Week at the State Capitol: School safety bill, State of Commonwealth, suicide prevention and more

Family members of the two students killed in last year’s shooting at Marshall County High School held hands, shed tears, and spoke bravely about their grief during this week’s Senate Education meeting.   They came to Frankfort on Thursday to call for safety improvements in Kentucky schools and to deliver a simple message directly to state lawmakers: “We’re counting on you.”   “We can’t...

SD1 responds to Report Card grading infrastructure: No surprises, aging infrastructure is major issue

The American Society of Civil Engineers Kentucky Section released an Infrastructure Report Card this week that gives Kentucky an overall grade of C- across 10 categories ranging from roads (D+) and bridges (C-) to wastewater (C-). Click to see NKyTribune’s story on report card The C- wastewater grade confirms what Sanitation District No. 1 and other agencies across the state have long been saying...

Bevin touts strength, growth, cites ‘Blueprint for Better KY’ in State of Commonwealth address

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “The State of the Commonwealth is strong, very strong,” Gov. Matt Bevin said during his annual State of the Commonwealth address, delivered to a joint session of the General Assembly Thursday night. 
Bevin described progress from seven items from the “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky” he handed out during his first such address in 2016. 
The first point was enacting...

Senate leader Stivers wants ethics legislation to apply to executive branch lobbyists too

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s top Senate leader introduced legislation to require lobby executive branch agencies to have the same reporting requirements as legislative lobbyists. 
During a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, talked about bribery convictions over the last two years, particularly involving Tim Longmeyer, the personnel secretary under former...