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Covington gives $38,000 in incentives to small businesses; lease on City Hall renewed for four years

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter They are the backbone of the city, says Mayor Joseph U. Meyer – and because of their importance, Covington’s small businesses deserved help. That’s why in June, the city commission increased their incentives, expanding the area of the Small Business Program to include the entire city and its neighborhoods. On Tuesday night, at their regularly scheduled legislative...

Disaster Preparedness campaign: Families should be ready for disasters and emergencies — here’s how

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has launched the First 72 On You information campaign during September – National Preparedness Month — to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. An approaching tornado This week’s spotlight is on preparing families for disasters and emergencies. “Some disasters...

First two months of fiscal year show 4.5 percent revenue grow, reports Budget Director Chilton

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was more good news for state revenues in the first two months of the 2019 fiscal year. 
Figures released by State Budget Director John Chilton on Monday show General Fund receipts increased 4.3 percent in August compared to last year.  Total revenues for the month were $759.9 million, compared to $728.3 million during August 2017. So far in the fiscal year, General...

Work to begin on US 25 at Mubea entrance; $830K improvement project to provide two-way left turn lane

 The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announces construction is scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 17, on a $830,308 project that will add a left lane on US 25 into the Mubea, Inc. complex in Florence.  “This project will add a two-way left turn lane on US 25 at Mubea improving the traffic flow and safety in this congested area,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for KYTC District...

Erlanger Fire/Ems Department receives $171k grant for purchase of ‘breathing apparatus’

The Erlanger Fire/EMS Department has received a 2017 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $171,004. These funds will be applied to the purchase of new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA’s) for the Department. “Assistant Chief Dave McQuerry submitted grant information, Lieutenant Randy Godsey chaired the SCBA Committee (Deputy Chief Craig...

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development gets KAGC’s top marketing, public affairs honors

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Marketing and Public Affairs won the Communications Office of the Year title in this year’s Kentucky Association of Government Communicators Awards of Excellence competition. 
Government communicators from across the state competed for KAGC awards, which were presented today at the KAGC Member Appreciation and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort....

Lawmakers already preparing legislation for 2019 General Assembly; take a look at what’s in the hopper

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 2019 General Assembly doesn’t convene until January, but lawmakers have already prepared more than 30 pieces of legislation for consideration. The topics range from gun safety to sports wagering and from utility rates to tax exemptions. Here is a look at some of them: – Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, has proposed a bill dealing with unlawful storage of a firearm....

Governor declares September ‘Bourbon Heritage Month’ in Commonwealth, honors signature industry

On the heels of the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center opening in Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin praised Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry and declared September as “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth. “The roots of Kentucky’s Bourbon industry run deep, and we are pleased to recognize the contributions of this economic engine during the month of September,” Gov. Bevin said....

Chinese soybean imports from U.S. to hit ‘historic lows’ by November but may increase a bit in early ’19

The Rural Blog Chinese soybean imports from the U.S. to hit ‘historic lows’ by November, but may increase a little in early 2019. “China will almost entirely replace its soybean imports from the United States with Brazilian beans and other origins in the upcoming season but may run out of the oilseed in early 2019,” Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton report for Reuters. citing...

Covington to renew City Hall lease, look for options; ‘In another five years we will be out of this building’

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter With the City Hall building’s lease up for renewal this October, City Manager David Johnston made his hopes very clear. “My philosophy is, this should not be City Hall much longer,” Johnston told the Mayor and Commissioners at their regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night.  With three floods in the City Hall’s basement already this year, as well as...

State Legislative Ethics Commission recommends update of laws to General Assembly

Kentucky’s Legislative Ethics Commission has unanimously approved several recommendations for the General Assembly to update the state’s legislative ethics law.  The recommendations focus on increasing transparency and effectiveness of the law, and addressing issues that have arisen in recent years. The Commission’s primary recommendation is to create a clear ethical prohibition against discrimination...

$10.5 Million in Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grants announced for economic development, job creation in Eastern Kentucky

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, R-KY and Gov. Matt Bevin today announced two grants worth $10.5 million to spur economic development and job creation in Eastern Kentucky. EEC logo Letcher County will receive $4.5 million for a water expansion project that will serve 100 additional households and the future federal correctional facility in Roxana. The funding will be used to install approximately...

Gov. Bevin promoting Kentucky, recruiting business this week on trip to Japan and Republic of Korea

On an economic development trip this week to East Asia, Gov. Matt Bevin is strengthening ties with Japan and the Republic of Korea, encouraging additional job creation and investment in the Commonwealth. Bevin Gov. Bevin attended the National Governors Association (NGA) U.S.-Japan Governors Forum in Tokyo, meeting with Japanese officials and business leaders to discuss workforce development, business...

Riverfest rules for downtown Covington, Devou Park Sunday, includes parking restrictions, road closures

Familiar restrictions designed to ensure safety and orderly traffic flow will be put in place in the northern part of downtown Covington and Devou Park on Sunday as enormous crowds flock to the riverfront to watch the annual Labor Day weekend fireworks. File photo The rules address issues such as road closures, parking, alcohol, skateboards, and glass containers and are similar to those seen the last...

Covington City Commission approves $100K project to fix Caroline Avenue underpass seepage

Pedestrians who walk under the Caroline Avenue underpass in Latonia have a choice: Step out into the street for a quick detour, or tip-toe through puddles of gooey, dark greenish-colored mud. Even in dry periods, the seams of the Caroline Avenue underpass in Latonia leak water and mud onto the sidewalk on the southwest side. The stuff that is seeping out from seams in the retaining wall and covering...