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City of Wilder to present City Center Master Plan for seven properties along Licking Pike corridor

The City Center Master Plan will be presented at the Wilder City Council meeting Monday at 7 p.m. All interested parties — including developers and contractors — are invited to attend. The master plan is a follow-up to the 2019 Comprehensive Plan that suggested a special development study be conducted on city-owned property in the City Center Master Plan. The plan involves a concept design...

Annual Rally for Life held in Capitol Rotunda, a pro-life legislators, others pledge to ‘continue the fight’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the State Capitol Rotunda this week to mark the annual Rally for Life and House Speaker David Osborne reminded those in attendance they were just a small part of a larger ongoing effort. “Across the great state, men and women stand together as a voice for those without any say in their destiny because we believe that every life is sacred,...

Three NKY counties have passed 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions – what it means, doesn’t mean

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The three counties that most people recognize as the heart of Northern Kentucky have joined the growing list to those that have approved Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions. Kenton County passed its resolution January 9, followed by Boone County and Campbell County this week. A Second Amendment sanctuary refers to states, counties, or localities that have...

City removes interim tag from IT manager Elgusain, will continue system-wide upgrade, improve services

Essam Elgusain’s work as interim IT manager at the City of Covington since Nov. 1 has earned him the job permanently. Elgusain’s appointment was approved by the Covington Board of Commissioners Tuesday night in a 5-0 vote. He replaces Kendall Huff, who left the City to take a private sector job. Essam Elgusain is the City of Covington’s new IT manager (provided photo). “As we...

City of Covington encourages residents, advocates to pay attention to proposed bus changes, weigh in

City of Covington officials continue to encourage residents, businesses, and advocates for vulnerable populations to pay attention to proposed changes to public bus service in the city and not hesitate to weigh in. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is seeking public comment by Jan. 31 on the proposed changes, which are part of TANK’s redesign of the network to respond to budget...

Koenig trying again: Sports wagering bill on deck before legislative committee on Wednesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A sports wagering bill will have its first consideration by a legislative committee this week. 
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, is scheduled to be heard by the House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Wednesday morning. 
Under the measure, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission would be the state body that oversees sports betting. Adam...

AG Cameron leads coalition in filing Supreme Court amicus brief; keep abortion clinic licenses with states

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron led a 17-state coalition in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, saying a federal court cannot require a state to issue a license to an abortion provider. 
The brief argues under the U.S. Constitution the licensing of such entities is left to the states, which are responsible for developing the laws and regulations that...

ACUF releases scores of KY General Assembly; NKYians recognized for conservative voting records

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), has just released its ratings of the 2019 meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly. Click to enlarge The Kentucky General Assembly’s overall conservative score was 66.72 percent, far outranking neighboring Illinois from last session (35.62 percent) and once again in contention to rank...

December General Fund receipts decline 4.1 percent from a year ago; Road Fund receipts up 4.2 percent

The state budget director reported Friday that December’s General Fund receipts totaled $1,084.3 million, a 4.1 percent decline compared to December of last year. Receipts have increased 2.7 percent for the first six months of the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2020. Second quarter collections rose 4.1 percent, which is an improvement over first quarter collections which rose 1.1 percent. The official...

AG Cameron aims to prevent child abuse, prosecute abusers in state ranking high in child maltreatment

Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s Attorney General Cameron called a press conference this week to declare his office’s commitment to partner with child-advocacy organizations and state and federal prosecutors to prevent child abuse, and to prosecute abusers to the fullest extent of the law. “We are No. 1 in child abuse and neglect, and that has to stop, especially as we move into the...

Legislature in session; house institutes new rules, has temporary Majority Leader; Senate delays SB 1

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a new look in House leadership for both Republicans and Democrats on the opening day of the 2020 General Assembly on Tuesday. Speaker Pro Tem David Meade, R-Stanford, took over the duties as Majority Leader from Rep. John “Bam” Carney, who has been hospitalized since before Christmas with a severe case of pancreatitis. “For this week, Speaker Pro Tem Meade...

Covington Commission meeting: Mayor asks residents to share opinions on TANK changes

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Make your voices heard. That was the message Covington Mayor Joseph U. Meyer delivered Tuesday night at the end of the city commission’s regularly-scheduled caucus meeting. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is proposing major changes to its routes — including to many of the Covington routes, and they’re asking residents to weigh in by email by...

Covington swears in 5 police recruits, ‘largest class in a while’ to fill gaps created by retirements

The City of Covington swore in five police recruits this morning, its largest class in recent memory, police officials said. With Covington Police Chief Rob Nader (far right) among those watching, Mayor Joe Meyer swore in the new recruits in the City Commission Chambers (provided photos). In a ceremony attended by several dozen family members and friends, the recruits raised their right hands and repeated...

Wide range of issues discussed at annual Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus forum at Gateway CTC

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor An overflow crowd of more than 150 constituents joined members of the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus Saturday for a forum in advance of the 2020 Legislative Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The event took place at the Gateway Community and Technical College – Boone Campus Convening Center and was led by Caucus Chair Sen. John Schickel, R-Union. A...

State lawmakers convene Tuesday for 60-day session with two-year budget at top of the agenda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers return to Frankfort on Tuesday, January 7, with a two-year budget topping the agenda for the 60-day session. Both the House and Senate have a Republican supermajority, and the relationship with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was still contentious at times. With Democrat Andy Beshear now in the Governor’s office, will the current cordial relationship last? Senate...