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Cov commission to hear first reading on Airbnb licenses, Cathedral Square to be designated, more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It was 2007. Two imaginative young entrepreneurs had just moved from New York to San Francisco and noticed there was a severe shortage of hotel rooms for major events. So they created a website and decided to rent out their own apartment — they even provided breakfast in the morning. The idea of the Airbnb was born. In lay-person’s terms, these properties are called...

‘We are at war’ with COVID as Beshear reports 2,135 cases, 5 deaths; wear masks to stop the spread

Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians to adhere to new restrictions and guidance that will help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. He reported 2,135 new cases and 5 deaths Monday. Boone County reported 85 cases, Kenton County 68 and Campbell County 39. The number of Kentuckians diagnosed with COVID-19, hospitalized with the disease, admitted to the ICU and put on a ventilator because...

City of Union designates Nov. 28 as Small Business Saturday in support of locally owned businesses

The City Commission of Union has issued a proclamation designating Nov. 28 as Small Business Saturday, a national day of celebration of locally owned businesses. The proclamation was presented to John “Lefty” Bernard at the Nov. 2 City Commission meeting by Commissioner Eric Dulaney, who headlined the recognition effort for the commission. Bernard owns and operates Lefty’s Barbershop, a small...

Secretary of State Adams gets encouragement from county clerk survey for election reforms

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Michael Adams has more support in his effort to have some of the changes made to the way elections were conducted this year made permanent by the Kentucky General Assembly next year. In an interview with Kentucky Today shortly after the November general election, Adams, a Republican, said there were four items he hopes lawmakers consider after he and Democratic...

Transportation Cabinet’s ‘drones’ aid in Brent Spence Bridge inspection and will continue to monitor work

As the Federal Aviation Administration celebrates Drone Safety Awareness Week, Nov. 16 – 22, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet deployed the use of drones on the Brent Spence Bridge to aid inspectors collect preliminary visual inspection images following the bridge closure on Nov. 11. Drones were brought in to aid inspection efforts before inspectors could access the bridge due to the large amounts...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.8 percent in October; jobless rate now at 7.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2020 unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary October 2020 jobless rate was up 1.8 percentage points from September 2020 and up 3.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

Removal of Brent Spence Bridge’s damaged deck starts Saturday; order aimed at street congestion

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray has signed an order intended to encourage drivers of commercial trucks traveling north on Interstate 71/75 to stick to signed detours while the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River is closed for repairs. Northbound commercial vehicles heading to Ohio are directed to detour onto I-275 toward alternative crossings. However, some through-drivers continue north...

Cov mayor’s public plea: ‘Wear your mask’; commission sells surplus properties, approves rehab

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Covington Mayor Joe Meyer had a simple but important message for his city Tuesday night. “The Coronavirus pandemic is reaching new highs locally,” Meyer said at the end of Tuesday’s regularly scheduled legislative Board of Commission meeting. “It seems to be an extraordinarily challenging situation as the number of cases in Kenton County and Northern Kentucky...

Beshear sounds alarm, says new actions coming; NKY Health Dept. is stepping up contact tracing

Gov. Andy Beshear again warned Kentuckians that they must take action to stop COVID-19, as cases are increasing rapidly in the Commonwealth. Families, schools, businesses and community leaders should all come together and do their part. He reported 2,931 cases and 33 deaths. “When we talk about our health care workers, we call them our front line of defense,” said Gov. Beshear. “But really, they’re...

Newport Dog Park — vastly improved and larger — reopens in new location on E. 6th Street

Through the dedication of neighborhood volunteers, generous donations from local businesses and residents, and large contributions and support from The Newport Foundation and the City of Newport, a vastly improved and larger Newport Dog Park has reopened. The Newport Dog Park – under the leadership, fundraising and volunteerism of the Newport Dog Park Committee – was moved from the previous...

Covington wants to boost 58 percent recycling rate; online presentation of ‘how-to’ tips to use year-round

The number of Covington households that recycle at home has increased 58 percent since 2016. Hoping to increase both that number and the knowledge of how to recycle correctly, “We believe we can bring more residents into the habit of recycling because we make it so easy and free to do so,” said Sheila Fields, Covington’s Solid Waste and Recycling coordinator. “But we want to make sure they...

Covington streetscape designs for Madison Avenue and Seventh Street go before public Nov. 18-19

The public will get its first look and chance to comment next week on new streetscape designs for Madison Avenue and Seventh Street aimed at complementing private investment by improving both the aesthetics and function of those downtown streets. Separate online presentations will be held Nov. 18 and 19 to explain the proposed changes, and separate comment forms (one for each project) will be made...

Gov. Beshear ‘grateful’ for Supreme Court decision on executive powers; others react

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling on Thursday, reversing a lower court opinion that would have restricted Gov. Andy Beshear’s emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic, has led to a reaction from both sides who argued the case before the high court. 
The governor said the justices sent a very clear and unambiguous message, “The actions my administration...

In unanimous decision, Kentucky Supreme Court rules Beshear’s COVID-19 executive orders are legal

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In a unanimous decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to issue executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic, reversing a lower court ruling. A lawsuit was filed in June at Boone Circuit Court by three Northern Kentucky businesses: Florence Speedway, Bean’s Café and Bakery and Little Links to Learning, a daycare center....

State inspectors start work on Brent Spence Bridge; Beshear, Gray make closed bridge a priority

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray spent Thursday at the Brent Spence Bridge, signaling the importance of reopening the bridge when it is “fully safe to do so.” He also spent time with community leaders to explain the plans and the process. The bridge is a main interstate — north and south for all kinds of traffic — and an important artery for local traffic from...