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Workshop to help manage pond scum and harmful algae at Boone County Extension Enrichment Center

Got pond scum? Farmers, landowners and professionals who want to maintain healthy lakes and ponds are invited to attend “The Good, Bad and the Managed” workshop, hosted by the Boone, Kenton and Campbell Conservation Districts and the Foundation for Ohio River Education. The workshop will be held from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, September 7th, at the Boone County Extension Enrichment Center,...

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell falls on patio at his Louisville home Sunday and fractures his shoulder

Mitch McConnell U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, 77, is recovering at home in Louisville after suffering a fractured shoulder in a fall when he tripped on his outdoor patio Sunday morning, according to a statement from his office. He was treated and released after getting medical attention. The statement said the Senator is working from home and will continue to do so for now. The statement did not elaborate...

Experimental device could block Asian carp from entering Lake Barkley; construction now underway

An experimental project designed to deter Asian carp from entering Lake Barkley in Western Kentucky is now underway. If weather conditions remain stable, the project is scheduled to become operational by fall. “We’re anxious to get this test underway because it has the potential to be a real game changer in the battle against Asian carp,” said Ron Brooks, director of fisheries for the Kentucky...

Kentuckians invited to celebrate Farmers’ Markets Week by visiting markets, posting to Instagram

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentuckians to celebrate Kentucky Farmers’ Markets Week by visiting a local market and posting photos from their visit to Instagram in August. Entrants could win a basket of Kentucky Proud products. For the second year in a row, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is conducting the social media contest to commemorate Farmers’ Markets Week Aug....

SD1 to host free Lunch & Learn series on effective storm water runoff management, registration required

Sanitation District No. 1 is partnering with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension to present a free brownbag lunch and learn series each Friday in September at SD1 (1045 Eaton Dr., Ft. Wright).  Each session will run from noon-1 p.m., and will provide information on how to effectively manage and utilize storm water runoff on your property. SD1’s Disconnection, Redirection, Infiltration...

Applications for illegal dump and litter abatement grants sought by Division of Waste Management 

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) Division of Waste Management (DWM) is calling for grant applications for two of its signature programs, illegal dump cleanup and the cleanup of litter along public roads. The Illegal Open Dump Grant has funded the cleanup of 2,171 dump sites since 2006, and the Litter Abatement Grant. Since 2003, state and local governments have cleaned more than 2.8 million...

Fancy Farm this Saturday kicks off political season, focus on gubernatorial candidates; election Nov. 5

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Expect some fancy talking at the Fancy Farm picnic Saturday in western Kentucky as the fall political campaign season gets off to a rousing start.

 Much of the spotlight will be on the gubernatorial race with incumbent Republican Matt Bevin and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. They will have eight minutes apiece to bend the ears of an audience that knows how...

Mitch McConnell makes angry speech on Senate floor in response to critics about election security

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back on his critics from the Senate floor Monday, angrily calling them “hyperventilating hacks” and saying they engaged in “absurd smears” against him. 
McConnell blistered MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, who last week dubbed McConnell “Moscow Mitch,” and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who...

KY Army National Guard deploys 150 soldiers to Middle East for a year for Operation Inherent Resolve

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More than 150 members of the Kentucky Army National Guard are headed to the Middle East in a year-long deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

 Hundreds of family members and friends joined Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky National Guard leadership in a departure ceremony at the Owensboro Convention Center to say farewell to the 206th Engineer Battalion,...

Unemployment rates fall in 55 Kentucky counties, including Boone, Campbell and Kenton

Unemployment rates fell in 55 Kentucky counties between June 2018 and June 2019, rose in 51 and stayed the same in 14 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.4 percent. It was followed by Boone, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties,...

Tailored strategy gives Covington economic blueprint, city’s renaissance a ‘Fragile Rebirth’

A 73-minute presentation on Covington’s strengths and weaknesses – and how the City can transform recent economic momentum into long-term, sustainable growth – left leaders “blown away” this week by the Covington-specific detail and recommendations. The City of Covington has provided this synopsis of that presentation: Consultant Jay Garner, in the middle of his 73-minute...

City of Covington searches for new, larger home for Engine Co. 2 now located on Parkway Avenue

The process of building a bigger Engine Co. 2 – and finding a place to build it – has begun. There’s less than an inch of clearance between Pumper 2’s ladders and Engine Co. 2’s door frame (provided photo). The Covington City Commission voted 5-0 this week to hire Brandstetter Carroll Inc. — a firm of architects, engineers, and planners – from 10 applicants...

Junior members of KY House form ‘Commonwealth Caucus’ to address needs of ‘everyday Kentuckians’

A group of junior members of Kentucky’s House of Representatives, representing House districts from across the state, announced the formation of the bi-partisan Commonwealth Caucus. Fed up with a broken political process that puts millionaires, billionaires and giant corporations ahead of everyone else, caucus members are committed to prioritizing the needs of everyday Kentuckians, their families,...

Covington economic development report: ‘A Lot of Hard Truths’ in Garner Economics five-year plan

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter “Control your destiny,” legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch famously said, “or someone else will.” It was a quote Covington commissioners heard several times at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday night, where Atlanta-based Garner Economics made an hour-long presentation that laid out a five-year economic development strategy for the...

Bevin’s pension bill another step closer to passing, as it clears the Senate panel and heads to a vote

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin’s public pension bill to address the state’s public regional universities and other quasi-governmental agencies took another step forward on Tuesday as it cleared a Senate committee, setting the stage for a final vote in the Senate on Wednesday. 
Among those testifying before the Senate State and Local Government Committee was former State Sen. Robert...