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Kentucky Attorney General defends ‘Casey’s Law’ in court as necessary tool for fighting drug epidemic

In furthering his commitment to fighting the drug epidemic, Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced his office is defending a Kentucky law used to combat drug addiction and help individuals suffering from substance use disorders receive treatment. The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention, commonly known as “Casey’s Law,” allows family members and friends to secure...

City of Newport announces $50 gift card giveaway contest for residents completing 2020 Census

Newport residents who complete the United States 2020 Census will be eligible to win a $50 gift card through a promotion being offered by the City of Newport. Beginning July 6, the city will give away $50 gift cards to five Newport residents a week who provide proof of taking the Census. The gift cards will be to Kroger, Target or the local business of the winners’ choice. To participate, residents...

As July 4 approaches, KYTC reminds Kentucky motorists that ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’

This Independence Day, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” Unfortunately, this summertime celebration creates dangerous road conditions when drivers choose to drive while impaired. “If you are under the influence of any substance and choose to get behind the wheel,...

SD1 to begin sanitary sewer relocation project along Highland Pike in Fort Wright next week

Sanitation District No. 1 will begin work next week to replace a failed sanitary sewer pipe and above-ground bypass line by installing approximately 2,400 linear feet of 15-inch gravity sewer along Highland Pike in Fort Wright. Construction will take place on private property through December, but will result in temporary trail closures in the Fort Wright Nature Center. SD1 will replace a failed sanitary...

Beshear talks of ‘test of a lifetime’ and reports 220 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 220 new COVID cases and seven deaths as of Wednesday afternoon. “Kentuckians have risen to the challenge as heroes in this test of a lifetime,” said Beshear. “You continue to put others first, even if it means a little inconvenience and discomfort. And as we’ve seen from other states experiencing spikes in cases right now, rising to the challenge is our only option. “We...

Beshear reports 282 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths; talks economic development, unemployment

Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on several state initiatives, including COVID-19 as well as economic developments and state services. “Today we’re going to talk about not just the present, which we spend a lot of time talking about, but we’re going to start talking about the future,” Beshear said. “There is a tomorrow, we are planning for the tomorrow and we have an opportunity...

Covington residents to benefit from Rumpke’s takeover of transfer station — lower fees for drop-offs

Covington residents dropping off debris from, say, a kitchen rehab project could pay as little as $19.50 at the Covington Transfer Station starting this Wednesday (July 1). Under the City’s new waste collection contract, Rumpke Waste & Recycling is assuming operation and management of the transfer station at 4399 Boron Ave. With the new management comes not only a cheaper rate structure...

State sets up in-person services by appointment for those seeking unemployment services, adds offices

People can make appointments for in-person unemployment insurance (UI) services that will be offered beginning today to assist Kentuckians while ensuring the safety of those needing assistance and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Beginning today, in-person UI assistance will be available to claimants by appointment only in Frankfort at the Mayo-Underwood Building located at 500 Mero Street. The appointments...

Beshear reports 316 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death, cites poor air quality; KHN provides roundup

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). As of Saturday afternoon, Beshear said there were at least 15,167 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 316 of which were newly reported, and one death, a 78-year-old woman from Fayette County. The death brings the state’s total to 554 lost lives. “This virus is...

Police enforcement blitz against aggressive driving on I-75 in Kenton County coming again Sunday

Police officers conducted an enforcement blitz against aggressive driving on the I-75 corridor in Kenton County on June 16. This is part of a yearlong safety campaign to remind motorists to change their aggressive driving behaviors and to make the highways safer. There will be special enforcement blitzes published on social media. The next enforcement blitz is scheduled for Sunday (June 28) from 8...

Budgeting in ever-swirling environment; pandemic, other pressures made complex task more so

Second of two parts on the City of Covington’s 2020-21 budget. It made one’s head whirl. As Covington officials labored over the last four or five months to craft the City’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, they were confronted with a series of challenges, pressures, unforeseen circumstances, opportunities, unexpected emergencies, and ongoing trends that would drastically...

A closer look at numbers detail in City of Covington’s ‘miracle’ $149M budget; it moves the city forward

First of two parts on the City of Covington’s 2020-21 budget.   Design for a dog park. A new home for Public Works. A return to full-time Code Enforcement inspectors. Investments in small businesses. Almost $700,000 for smoother streets. Downtown Christmas decorations. And the purchase of the 23-acre IRS site and work to prepare it for the market. Amid a global health crisis and a devastated...

Covington Commissioners hear new zoning code update, approve FY21 budget, set in-person meeting

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Hundreds of years ago, parts of Covington were developed without any kind of code, and it’s a problem the city has been dealing with ever since, officials say. In order to help finally solve the issue, Commissioners heard a draft of a new Neighborhood Development Code in a one-hour presentation at their regularly-scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday night. The Commission...

Secretary of State says voting results will be delayed until June 30, because of mail-in ballots

“Under normal circumstances, the State Board of Elections receives and reports all preliminary election results on election night,” said Secretary of State Michael Adams in a press release. “However, because we, like other states voting during the pandemic, have accommodated voters by letting them mail ballots on election day, not every vote will be in hand by election night. “Moreover,...