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Trees, beautiful trees: Covington’s Urban Forestry Division wants to write a 20-year master plan

Unlike … say … marigolds (which take only about eight weeks to go from seed to flower) trees take decades if not longer to mature. So any plan governing an urban canopy – a la “public” trees – requires a long-term, strategic approach with buy-in from residents. With that in mind, Covington’s Urban Forestry Division is seeking to hire a consultant to help write a 20-year master plan that...

Ceremony at Capitol marks one-year anniversary of first COVID case, honors 4,800 lost to pandemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A ceremony was held at the State Capitol on Saturday, to mark the one-year anniversary of Kentucky’s first COVID-19 case, and to announce that a permanent memorial will be established to honor all those who lost their lives during the pandemic. 

 “We are gathered here today on the Capitol grounds to mark this solemn occasion,” said Gov. Andy Beshear, “with deep...

This Week at the State Capitol: A roundup of the bills that moved forward in the General Assembly

The list of issues receiving consideration from state lawmakers continued growing this week as workdays lengthened and an increased number of bills advanced through the legislative process. Bills that took steps forward in the General Assembly this week include measures on the following topics: School breakfasts. House Bill 384 would allow a school that participates in the Federal School Breakfast...

Newport, Covington close floodgates as water rises; plenty of flooding around the state

With the rising Ohio River now covering parts of Riverside Drive and lapping at the gap in the floodwall at the foot of Madison Avenue, the City of Covington has taken the first steps in its flood response plan. Specifically, the sluice gates at Willow Run have been closed, barriers are blocking traffic from Riverside Drive, and the bottom row of the Madison Overlook floodgate has been installed. Newport...

USDEA releases National Drug Threat Assessments showing ‘harsh reality’ of drug threats

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday released the National Drug Threat Assessment, an annual publication outlining the threats posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and illicit drug abuse. “This year’s report shows the harsh reality of the drug threats facing communities across the United States,” said Acting DEA Administrator...

Covington mayor tells commission Brent Spence project an ‘existential threat’ to city revitalization

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Calling it an “existential threat” to the city’s revitalization, Covington Mayor Joseph U. Meyer spoke out against the Brent Spence Corridor Project as Commissioners wrapped up their regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night. Meeting virtually due to COVID-19, Mayor Meyer and Commissioners went through their entire agenda. Then, at the end of the meeting...

Work to start March 15 on Covington 11th Street vehicle, pedestrian bridge over CSX tracks

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) work is about to begin on a project to demolish the closed 11th Street Bridge in Covington, along with its companion pedestrian bridge, and build a new and better pedestrian bridge over CSX railroad tracks. The expected start date is March 15. The 11th Street Bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 2013 due to deteriorating conditions. The companion pedestrian...

State ends February note — seventh consecutive week of declining cases; ‘going in right direction’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky is ending the month of February on a positive note regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said on Sunday.

 In a video posted to Facebook, the governor said, “We have had our seventh consecutive week of declining cases. This is good news, it’s the direction we want to go in.”

 Gov. Beshear On Sunday there were 675 new cases reported to...

Beshear calls new vaccine a ‘game changer’ as end of pandemic is in sight; masks, distancing still needed

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News As a new vaccine was released and the coronavirus and Covid-19 kept waning in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said the end of the pandemic is visible and the third vaccine “is going to be a game-changer.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the one-shot, easily handled vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson could be given to anyone over...

Road projects update: Transportation Cabinet provides updates on NKY projects, possible delays

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports the following projects going on in Northern Kentucky. The public should be alert to possible delays or lane closures on the following projects: KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO • Brent Spence Bridge – I-71/75 Southbound/Northbound (191.3 – 191.8 mile-marker) –  A maintenance project to clean and paint the Brent Spence...

Week at State Capitol: Summary of legislative actions — no-knock warrants, election procedures, more

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2021 session reached one of the milestones Capitol observers eagerly await with this week’s arrival of the deadlines to introduce bills in the Senate and House. Now, with 881 bills filed for consideration, there is a fairly comprehensive view of the issues lawmakers may consider in the remaining weeks of the session. Legislation filed before the deadline included...

Advocates: Brent Spence Bridge, ‘notorious chokepoint’ and critical connector, needs attention

Staff report Revitalization of the Brent Spence Bridge corridor has been a topic of discussion for decades. The bridge is carrying twice the traffic it was designed for and is a notorious chokepoint for commuters. Between federal and state action there’s an opportunity to revitalize the Brent Spence Bridge corridor and invest in critical regional infrastructure projects this year. To help bring attention...

Adams applauds legislation that would make some voting law changes from 2020 election permanent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams is applauding legislation that would make permanent some of the changes implemented for the 2020 primary and general elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and Rep. Jennifer Decker, R-Waddy, are each sponsoring similar legislation in their respective chambers. Secretary...

‘YMCA building’ facade work to start, transformation to create hotel suites, bourbon ‘experience’

Known for two of their former tenants – the old YMCA and Gateway bookstore – the buildings at the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and Pike street in Covington have sported many “looks” over the last Century, including an old-style turret, the ‘70s-era “radiator grille,” and the current brick arches and canvas awnings. They’re about to get another look, one that’s much more modern. Top...

Covington commission approves MS4 fee structure, re-enters into swim contract for pool season

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s true what they say — breaking up is hard to do. But sometimes, it’s necessary. The city of Covington made that point — again — Tuesday night when Commissioners met virtually at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting to vote on an ordinance to establish an MS4 fee structure. It became the latest in a long line of clear signals to the Sanitation...