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Wide range of issues discussed at annual Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus forum at Gateway CTC

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor An overflow crowd of more than 150 constituents joined members of the Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus Saturday for a forum in advance of the 2020 Legislative Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The event took place at the Gateway Community and Technical College – Boone Campus Convening Center and was led by Caucus Chair Sen. John Schickel, R-Union. A...

State lawmakers convene Tuesday for 60-day session with two-year budget at top of the agenda

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State lawmakers return to Frankfort on Tuesday, January 7, with a two-year budget topping the agenda for the 60-day session. Both the House and Senate have a Republican supermajority, and the relationship with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was still contentious at times. With Democrat Andy Beshear now in the Governor’s office, will the current cordial relationship last? Senate...

AG Cameron joins coalition to support requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges

Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined 20 states in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in June Medical Services, LLC v. Dr. Rebekah Gee. Cameron The case centers on a Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the event of an emergency or complication resulting from the procedure. The challenge to this health and safety-based regulation...

Covington swears in new police officer, U.S. Air Force veteran has eight years of experience

Covington’s newest police officer is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who has eight years of experience as a police officer in other Northern Kentucky cities. Brad Morris was sworn in Monday morning by Mayor Joe Meyer during a short ceremony in the Covington City Commission chambers. His hiring was approved by the City Commission on Dec. 17. New Covington Police Officer Brad Morris, second from...

Erlanger chooses Rader to lead police department, current assistant chief has wide range of experience

The City of Erlanger Police Department has a new leader and it’s a familiar face.  Rader “We could not be more excited about Kyle Rader becoming our Erlanger Chief of Police,” said Mayor Jessica Fette. “Kyle has proven himself as a strong leader, an effective communicator, and a devoted member of the Erlanger Command Staff. Kyle has and will continue to serve the City of Erlanger with distinction...

Covington provides rent, facade assistance for four more businesses through City program

Four more small businesses were awarded financial help from the City of Covington on Tuesday night as leaders continue to invest in both fledgling businesses and long-standing establishments located across the City. The recipients consist of a new café focusing on “healthy” foods, a legendary chili restaurant, a relocated freight brokerage firm, and a recently rehabbed two-story commercial...

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture reopens sign-ups for Conservation Reserve Program in Kentucky

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reopened sign-ups for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to Kentucky landowners. The deadline to sign up for general participation is Feb. 28, 2020, while sign-ups for more permanent structures within the program are ongoing. Participants receive an annual stipend for their contribution to conservation. Landowners enrolled in the program contribute to improved...

Proposals sought for 3 vacant lots, City of Covington seeks developers to build new single-family housing

The City of Covington is looking for developers interested in building single-family in-fill housing on three small parcels of land the City is selling. The empty lot at 2207 Madison Ave. is for sale (provided photos). The City recently issued three requests for proposals (RFPs) for the purchase and development of the City-owned vacant properties in the Botany Hills, Westside, and Wallace Woods neighborhoods....

City of Covington offers two options, three locations, for residents to recycle Christmas trees

If you decorated your house with a natural Christmas tree and you’re already thinking about stripping it of ornaments and getting rid of it, we can help you with the latter. The City of Covington is offering residents two ways to recycle their tree: Arrange to have it picked up from your curb on garbage collection day starting Jan. 4, or drop it off at one of three locations starting this weekend. Last...

Kentucky cardholders can register emergency contact on Transportation Cabinet website

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages residents to give the free, year-long gift of peace of mind by registering an emergency contact. Emergency Notice is an online emergency contact registry accessible to law enforcement officials to know who you would like to be notified in case of a serious emergency. Kentucky citizens with an active driver’s license, personal ID, or permit can...

Newport cops grow beards during No shave November to raise money for local school program

Some police officers in the City of Newport looked a little scruffy and furry during November but it was all for a great cause. Newport Police Officers who participated in the department’s No Shave November school fundraiser include (L to R) Officer Kenny Honchell, Officer TJ Selby, Detective Jason Gabbard, Officer Todd Suszek, Detective Scott Wiggins, Officer Adam Moeves, Lieutenant Branden...

KYTC District 6 road report update on current construction projects in Northern Kentucky

Construction season is winding down, but there is still plenty of work to be completed on Northern Kentucky roadways. As the holiday travel season begins motorists are urged to use caution in work areas. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 office would like the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in Northern Kentucky.  CAMPBELL...

Villa Hills Police Department among those receiving Platinum Award from AAA for safety advocacy

AAA honored 15 local police departments throughout the greater Cincinnati area at its annual AAA Traffic Safety Awards program. The departments earned Platinum or Gold honors for their exemplary efforts to address issues such as impaired and distracted driving as well as pedestrian safety in the community. The awards were presented during a special ceremony at the Metropolitan Club in Covington. The...

Boone County seeks applicants for Government Citizens Institute; announces tree recycling info

Boone County will conduct a free citizens academy program called ENGAGE for residents or business owners that are interested in learning more about County Government. The ENGAGE program is a great opportunity to learn more about how County Government works. The 2020 class will be the County’s third class after two successful sessions in 2018 and 2019. The ten-week educational program includes presentations...

Kentucky jobless rate increases slightly from a year ago; November unemployment rate at 4.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in November 2018. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...