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Unemployment rates drop in 82 Kentucky counties in past year; Carlisle County lowest rate at 3 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between June 2019 and June 2020, rose in 33 and stayed the same in five counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Carlisle County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Cumberland County, 3.1 percent; Monroe,...

10 Minutes/10 Years of Difference: Fill out your 2020 census now; it will shape public services funding

For just 10 minutes of your time, you can make a difference that will last 10 years. It takes about 10 minutes to take the 2020 Census. Your response will help shape public services like healthcare clinics, emergency response preparedness, grant funding distribution, and education programs.    This week, the U.S. Census Bureau is sending emails and text messages to residents in census tracts with...

Covington commission: ‘Game-changer’ Highland Ave. project advances; IRS site purchase approved

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter After one last round of questions, including — you guessed it — whether or not the developers will actually follow through with what they’ve promised, Covington City Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve a map amendment that will pave the way for a contentious development on Highland Avenue. “I’ve never met a developer so determined to make sure...

Beshear reports 674 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest daily number, 3 deaths; surge continues

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 674 new COVID cases on Tuesday, 23 of them from children 5 and under, and three new deaths. These cases raised Kentucky’s totals to 24,060 cases and 674 deaths. As of Tuesday there have been at least 549,208 tests performed in Kentucky with a positivity rate of 4.3 percent. The new cases represent the second-highest number of cases in a single day. “Here in Kentucky,...

Newport Police Department to hold Citizen Police Academy; program runs Sept. 15 through Dec. 15

The public can learn about law enforcement and what it truly means to be a police officer by registering for the Newport Police Department Citizen Police Academy. The Academy will be held every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Newport City Building and Police Department, 998 Monmouth St. Classes run from Sept. 15 to Dec. 15. Citizens can register and learn more about the program on the city’s...

Boone Judge/Executive Gary Moore sworn in as president of the National Association of Counties

Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore was sworn in as president of the National Association of Counties (NACo) at the conclusion of NACo’s 85th Annual Business Meeting Monday. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell performed the swearing-in ceremony. “I am honored to lead the National Association of Counties as we face historic opportunities along with tremendous challenges,” Moore said....

Cincinnati Children’s purchases medical office building it occupies in Thomas More Office Park

The City of Crestview Hills announced the recent purchase of the medical office building at 2765 Chapel Place in the Thomas More Office Park by Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. Cincinnati Children’s has operated their Northern Kentucky Outpatient Center at this location for the past 15 years and recently decided to purchase the property. “Our staff and patients love this convenient...

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia dies after battle with cancer at age 80; he was civil rights champion

Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement of the ’60s who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died Friday at age 80, after a long battle with cancer. He represented the 5th District of Georgia since 1986. Gov. Andy Beshear ordered flags at half-staff in his honor and KET announced that it will air Great Conversations, featuring an interview with Lewis from 2013. The...

‘No mask, no service’ as Covington bars, restaurants aim to protect staff, keep local economy open

“We don’t want to go backward.” As the number of COVID-19 cases steadily rises across the country and some governors consider re-instituting restrictions on local businesses, the City of Covington is urging businesses, patrons, and visitors to take simple but effective precautions to restrict the spread of the virus and help keep the economy open. Posters on the door of Gypsy’s...

Kentucky unemployment rate in June drops 6.6 percent from May; state jobless rate at 4.3 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary June 2020 unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The preliminary June 2020 jobless rate was down 6.6 percentage points from May 2020 and equaled the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless...

Secretary of State Michael Adams puts out APB for poll workers in Kentucky for November election

Secretary of State Michael Adams is putting out an APB for poll workers for the November election. “Like most Kentuckians, I want things to get back to normal – and that includes our elections,” Adams said. “I want more robust in-person voting options than we had in June, but that is only possible if Kentuckians step up and volunteer to be poll workers.” Michael AdamsA typical Kentucky...

Campbell planning and zoning approves plans for Memorial Point at Beverly Hills Supper Club site

The Campbell County Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday evening to approve plans for Memorial Point, a mixed-use residential development planned on the site of the former Beverly Hills Supper Club. Conceptual drawing After taking more than three hours of testimony, the Commission voted unanimously in favor of a zone change and a conditional use permit that moves the project forward and recommends...

On hot days, Rumpke to collect Covington trash an hour earlier — so put your trash out the night before

On brutally hot days, the garbage trucks may be driving down Covington streets an hour earlier than usual. In an effort to protect workers at Rumpke Waste & Recycling from heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, the City of Covington has agreed to let Rumpke begin residential and commercial collection at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. on certain days. “They have a physically...

A Town Hall on unemployment and the challenge of job loss as some benefits are set to end

Since the end of March, the extra $600 a week in Unemployment Insurance has pumped at least $1.5 billion into Kentucky family budgets and the Kentucky economy. At over $100 million a week, it’s keeping families afloat and stopping business closures and layoffs. But it’s about to end. Failure to extend UI benefits would widen our state’s racial wealth gap: Black and brown workers are...

Playground equipment in Latonia’s Barb Cook Park removed as long-awaited renovation begins

Playground equipment in Barb Cook Park is being removed as Phase I of the Latonia park’s long-awaited renovation gets under way. Phase I of the renovation will add an array of play equipment for young children (including a “playstructure,” swings, and “sway bench”), concrete walking paths, and features for family cookouts (including a 20-foot by 20-foot picnic shelter...