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Covington City Commission approves $3.4 M in CDBG/HOME funds, $150K for small businesses

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The focus was all on the neighborhoods Tuesday night. Two years ago, Covington devoted at least $36,000 to the city’s Small Business Initiatives program, which helped residents with facade improvements and rent subsidies. While the intention was good, the implementation faltered; the program ran out of money just six months into the year. One year ago, the city...

Scammers posing as ‘State Attorney’s Office’ send phishing email threats with phony complaint

Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert following a Kentucky energy cooperative receiving a scam phishing email appearing to be from the “State Attorney’s Office.” Beshear Kentucky businesses and nonprofits should not be deceived by an email from an unofficial address, like complaints@outlook.com, with the subject line “State Attorney’s Office Complaint” that demands the business...

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms contribution, gift bans in the state Code of Legislative Ethics

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the constitutionality of the contribution and gift bans in the Kentucky Code of Legislative Ethics. The three-judge panel ruled on Thursday that the measures “enacted to prevent corruption and protect its citizens’ trust in their elected officials, comport with the Constitution,” and reversed a lower court ruling, which...

Kentucky Air National Guard unit to be part of the 75th anniversary D-Day ceremony in Normandy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing is deploying more than 30 Airmen and two C-130 Hercules aircraft to Europe on Saturday where they will be the only National Guard unit in the country that will take part in the 75th-anniversary reenactment of D-Day. 
On June 9, the Kentucky Airmen will airdrop U.S. Army paratroopers over Normandy, France, in commemoration...

Accomplished Federal Prisons executive Kathleen Kenney to lead Kentucky Department of Corrections 

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced Friday that Kathleen Kenney will serve as interim commissioner for the state Department of Corrections.  Kenny is the former assistant director and general counsel for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Kenney is joining the department with more than 25 years of experience in criminal justice, particularly in the federal prison system, which oversees 122...

OAG reports health records company to pay state thousands over data breach lawsuit in federal court

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has reported that an alleged 2015 data breach that compromised the data of 69,000 Kentuckians, including 33,000 Social Security numbers, will result in the Commonwealth receiving thousands of dollars from an electronic health records company. Beshear Kentucky’s general fund will receive more than $25,000 following the court’s approval of the consent judgment,...

Peaselburg Park equipment on the way; hoops clinic for Covington youths Saturday at Randolph Park

The $80,000 rebuild of Peaselburg Park is set to begin – and when it’s finished, neighbors will see a facility designed for use by a wider age group. “One of the coolest things happening to the park is that it’s moving from a place strictly for kids 9 and under to one that is multi-generational,” said Covington Parks & Recreation Manager Rosie Santos said. An event...

Commissioner Quarles congratulates Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry on 2018 Success

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles congratulated Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH) on a banner year in which the organization increased the amount of venison donated to Kentucky’s charitable feeding agencies. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, second from right, helped promote Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH) at the 2018 Kentucky State Fair with, from left: KHFH Executive...

Covington touts preservation award winners; five projects, two individuals recognized at annual event

To see how committed rehabbers can turn historic buildings into exciting modern uses, check out Covington’s winners in the annual River Cities Excellence in Preservation Awards program. The rehab of the building at 27-41 W. Eighth St., which used to house H. Johnson Moving & Storage but now is home to Road ID and Libby’s Southern Comfort restaurant, won in the Exterior Restoration-Commercial...

Covington city officials say new entertainment zone would help festivals, vote expected tonight

The City of Covington is poised to adopt a regulation that – during certain festivals and special events – would allow visitors to walk between establishments throughout parts of downtown with an open beer, cup of bourbon or other alcohol. “It will NOT allow people to run wild through the streets of Covington with open containers whenever they choose,” City Solicitor Michael...

Health cabinet says it will revise proposed rule banning tattooing over scars after hearing concerns

After almost two weeks of mystery, speculation and complaints, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services has explained in a news release why it wants to ban tattoos over scars, saying it wants to address “potential health issues of tattooing over unhealthy skin.” Photo by WPFL “The concerns are being heard,” said the cabinet, which had declined to say why it had proposed...

Kentucky launches initiative to fast track veterans to aircraft mechanics careers; it’s called VALLO

Transitioning military personnel and veterans with aviation or power plant mechanics experience are now eligible to become Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified in Kentucky. Through a collaborative effort among the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the University of Louisville (UofL), and the Kentucky Commission on...

Kenton County Parks and Recreation fishing derby at Middleton-Mills, star gaze at Lincoln Ridge coming up

Kenton County Parks & Recreation (KCP&R) is presenting the Kids Fishing Derby for kids of all ages on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. until noon at Middleton-Mills Park. provided photos It’s free. Even adults won’t need fishing licenses when they are helping their kids because it’s ‘Fish Free in Kentucky’ weekend. It provides a great opportunity to start a family tradition. Don’t...

No butts allowed: New ‘urns,’ campaign target significant cigarette litter in Covington

A cigarette butt is small – just an inch or so long – so flicking a single butt onto a sidewalk can seem an insignificant act. Covington is joining a national effort to eradicate cigarette litter provided photos). Except that: • A butt is made of cellulose acetate, a plastic that can take 18 months to 10 years to decompose. • Washed into storm drains and eventually rivers, it will leach...

Scam Alert: AG warns about home repair scammers; if it sounds too good to be true, it is

Now that warm weather is here, the Attorney General’s office is warning Kentuckians that it also brings out seasonal home repair scammers who go door-to-door, offering to do work at prices that are too good to be true. 
Over the past two years, the AG’s office has received nearly 400 home repair scam complaints from Kentuckians in 25 counties, including Boone, Caldwell, Fayette, Franklin, Grayson,...