A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Covington is looking for input from residents on improvements for Latonia’s Barb Cook Park

The sole of many a shoe has been left thinner by the basketball courts at Barb Cook Park in Latonia over the years, and its swings and slides have left the seats of kids’ shorts and pants a little shinier. Barb Cook Park’s basketball courts are popular, but what’s next for the park? But the City of Covington’s Parks & Recreation Department thinks the park could be so much...

Covington City Commission on Tuesday approves studies designed to promote economic development

The Covington City Commission moved forward Tuesday night with three studies designed to ensure that economic development proceeds in a strategic, sustainable, and unfaltering manner whose benefit is felt citywide. This picture of the IRS, surrounded by the black wrought-iron fence, shows the proximity of the 23-acre site to the RiverCenter complex (in the background). Provided photo. At its regularly...

Major sewer project set to begin in Covington’s Eastside neighborhood, will take months to complete

A $1.2 million sewer project is about to begin in a corner of Covington’s Eastside neighborhood. Workers from SD1, Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky, began moving construction equipment and materials on Monday to the eastern end of Tenth Street near the floodwall in preparation for work that will take several months.   While residents will notice and hear construction equipment...

Upcoming changes to Kentucky licenses allows residents to choose standard or travel credential

NKyTribune staff The credential Kentuckians rely on most to verify their identities will undergo major upgrades in 2019 to enhance security. Thomas Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials today announced the launch of the Confident Kentucky initiative to improve the security of state driver’s licenses and introduce a new Voluntary Travel ID credential that meets federal standards to board...

Tuesday is deadline for independent and other candidates to be on Nov. General Election ballot

Independent candidates and other political organization or group candidates who wish to seek certain offices on the General Election ballot in November must file no later than Tuesday, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Monday. Those candidates must file their petitions of nomination and pay a filing fee to appropriate filing officials no later than Aug. 14, 4 p.m. local time. Law requires...

New Kentucky State Police cadets report for training; 61 recruits will replenish ranks after 56 retirements

Sixty-one recruits from throughout the Commonwealth and one other state reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort this week to begin 25 weeks of training that will determine whether they have what it takes to join “The Thin Gray Line.” Their ranks are an encouraging sight to the law enforcement agency which experienced a large number of retirements recently.   “Fifty-six troopers...

State revenues off to good start for 2019 Fiscal Year with 4.7 percent increase, budget officials say

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State budget officials report the first month of the 2019 Fiscal Year was a good one for state revenues, with both the General Fund and Road Fund exceeding forecasts. 
State Budget Director John Chilton announced Friday that Kentucky’s General Fund receipts for July totaled $830.2 million, a 4.7 percent increase over July 2017. 
Chilton said the impacts of the law...

Boone County Sheriff accepting applications for citizen’s academy class; begins in September

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is currently accepting applications for its fall citizen’s academy class. Students of the ten (10) week academy will meet on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sheriff’s public safety campus located at 3000 Conrad Lane in Burlington. Classes begin September 13 and end November 15. Those in attendance will be exposed to: An overview, deputy selection...

Kentucky Supreme Court probes state’s medical review panels, legislation on malpractice lawsuits

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly that established rules on how to file malpractice lawsuits. Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who himself is a physician, required any lawsuit against doctors, other health care providers, hospitals and nursing homes would have to be reviewed...

Covington might eliminate green stickers for trash; how that and other changes could impact residents

NKyTribune staff The Covington City Commission is considering the elimination of the “green sticker” program and reducing fines for those who violate rules related to trash collection. The issue was discussed at Tuesday’s caucus meeting  and a first reading of an ordinance that would implement this and other changes is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15. So what would the changes, if approved,...

Covington may change law for low-speed vehicle businesses; waste collection changes also proposed

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter They look like souped-up golf carts But don’t call them that. They are much, much different, and for that reason, the City of Covington is thinking of changing a law it recently made to accommodate two new businesses that have been working on the other side of the river. The City of Covington is considering changes to an ordinance that would allow low-speed Gest...

Kentucky Lottery adds enhancements to Pick 3, Pick 4 draw games — you can be 1-OFF

Several enhancements are in place for popular Kentucky Lottery draw games. One of these enhancements includes a new feature for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games which allow players to win prizes if their numbers are one digit higher or lower than the winning numbers drawn.   1-OFF® is a new wager type for Pick 3 and Pick 4. A player can select the 1-OFF® feature at the time of purchase, with wagers starting...

Newport firefighters award $1,000 college scholarships to Newport, NewCath high students

High school graduates from Newport High School and Newport Central Catholic High School have each been awarded $1,000 college scholarships from the Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 I.A.F.F. union. Caralyne Wallace of Newport High School and Jack Kohls of Newport Central Catholic High School, both 2018 graduates, were awarded the Local 45 Scholarship during a recent meeting of The Newport...

History-making Senator Mitch McConnell tells Fancy Farm faithful he intends to run again in 2020

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Already the longest-serving Republican leader ever in the U.S. Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to cement his place in history with yet another term. McConnell, 76, told GOP faithful in western Kentucky on Saturday that he will run for re-election in 2020. “I don’t like starting late,” he said. McConnell, the architect of a Republican resurgence...

Covington’s Housing Authority awarded $2.2M grant for Jobs Plus Initiative in City Heights

The Housing Authority of Covington has been awarded more than $2.2 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Executive Director Steve Arlinghaus was notified that the agency will receive a $2,203,270 grant for its Jobs Plus Initiative. The grant will target the agency’s City Heights community over the next four years. Steve Arlinghaus This is the largest single social service...