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Attorney General joins $391.5 million multi-state settlement with Google over location tracking

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has joined a coalition of 40 attorneys general in a historic $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices and account settings. This is the largest multistate privacy settlement reached by a coalition of attorneys general in the history of the United States. Kentucky will receive $7,282,184.49 million from the settlement. “Misleading...

Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy’s Chuck Keller had a ‘green’ idea for the city — and it’s free mulch for all

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter Color him green. All over. Chuck Keller Chuck Keller is President of the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy, an all-volunteer 501 ©3 land trust. And his project — a mulch program – may soon make other locales in Northern Kentucky green – with envy. “I’ve always had an interest in gardening and the outdoors,” the retired Highlands High School English teacher...

Advocates testify at judiciary committee about restoring felons’ voting rights; LWVs weighs in

Representatives from Secure Democracy USA and fellow election policy advocates testified recently before the Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Committee on Judiciary at the State Capitol Annex in Frankfort regarding the vital issue of voting rights restoration. Kentucky is currently one of only a handful of states that permanently disenfranchises people convicted of any felony offense. Today, 43...

Abortion: Will access be restored after victory at the polls? Supreme Court to hear first case on Tuesday

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   Amber Duke, interim executive director for the ACLU of Kentucky, was pleased this week when Kentucky voters defeated a proposed change to the state Constitution that would have declared there was no right to abortion. “This is a victory for bodily autonomy and the right of all Kentuckians to make the best decisions for themselves, but the fight is not over,” Duke...

Franklin judge rules redrawn maps of districts are constitutional; but bills on use of state funds are not

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Thursday that new boundary lines drawn by Republican legislators this year of state House districts and U.S. House districts are constitutional. “The Kentucky Constitution does not explicitly prohibit the General Assembly from making partisan considerations during the apportionment process,” Wingate wrote in his...

Covington honors strong tradition of service and the veterans among city’s employees and officials

Covington’s Veterans memorials (Photo from City of Covington) The tradition of military service in Kentucky predates the state itself. Even before the Bluegrass territory was ratified as the 15th state in the fledgling union, the men and women who lived within these borders contributed energy, sweat, and blood in support of our nation’s security and values. Isaac Shelby – Kentucky’s very...

Beshear announces programs to boost state’s workforce by helping former inmates find jobs

Gov. Andy Beshear, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ashli Watts announced two new programs aimed at boosting workforce participation by helping the justice-involved population who have paid their debt to society and are leaving prison to find meaningful employment. According to the Department of Corrections (DOC), more than...

Kentucky League of Cities presents ‘Friend of Kentucky Cities’ award to Rep. Kim Moser

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) presented Representative Kim Moser (R-Taylor Mill) with a 2022 “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award. Rep. Moser sponsored House Bill 565 in the 2022 Regular Session and played an instrumental role in the passage of House Bill 777. Both measures are focused on improving the health and safety of Kentucky communities. “Representative Moser has always been a strong...

Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller and Court of Appeals Judge Susanne Cetrulo to retain seats

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter In one of the most consequential races in Kentucky on Election Day, incumbent Kentucky Supreme Justice Michelle Keller appeared to overcome a controversial effort by state Rep. Joe Fischer to use politics and dark money to defeat her. Keller, of Fort Mitchell, who was initially appointed to fill a vacancy by former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and then won election...

FC Cincinnati players to join City of Covington for November 10 dedication of Austinburg mini pitch

(Photo from City of Covington) FC Cincinnati star Matt Miazga and keeper Alec Kann are scheduled to be in Covington on Nov. 10 to help dedicate a new soccer “mini pitch” in Austinburg Neighborhood Park – and you’re invited. The kick-off, figuratively speaking, is upon us: The City and the FC Cincinnati Foundation are cutting the ribbon at 1 p.m. for the new kid-sized field built by the Foundation...

Road report: KYTC District Six provides update on all current construction projects in NKY; beware delays

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports on all curret construction projects underway in NKY this week and advises motorists to be aware of possible delays and closures. BOONE – KENTON COUNTIES  • KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) Corridor 13.2 – 14.7/ 0 – 1 mile-marker – The road is being widened from two to four lanes between U.S. 25 (Dixie Highway) and KY 1303 (Turkeyfoot...

Road work begins on 13th Street in Newport, expect intermittent lane closures through Nov. 13

The City of Newport is alerting residents and motorists that work began Friday on a project to improve 13th Street. The project will result in intermittent lane closures on Monmouth Street between 11th Street and Carothers Roads until Nov. 13. The temporary traffic pattern will leave one lane northbound and one lane southbound open during the project, which may cause some inconvenience. The work involves...

Attorney General reminds Kentuckians to report election law violations, irregularities to fraud hotline

Attorney General Daniel Cameron reminded Kentuckians that suspected election law violations and voting irregularities should be reported to the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE. “Tips from Kentuckians play a vital role in our efforts to investigate and prosecute criminal violations of election law,” said Attorney General Cameron. “Our office is committed to protecting...

U.S. Rep. Massie campaigns for Supreme Court candidate Fischer, despite nonpartisan judgeships

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter SHELBYVILLE – Conservative Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie appeared on the campaign trail Thursday with Joe Fischer, the self-proclaimed “The Conservative Republican” who is running for the Kentucky Supreme Court. Fischer’s opponent in the judicial race, incumbent Justice Michelle Keller of Fort Mitchell, called the move “completely inappropriate”...

Covington Commission approves mortgage assistance program, BIA’s Heritage Trades, and more

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Last December, the city used American Rescue Plan Act funds to create “buckets,” or categories where the funding would best be utilized. Now those buckets are getting filled. The latest is the ARPA-funded Mortgage Assistance Program plan, which calls for $500,000 to be used to help potential homebuyers buy down mortgage interest rates, or pay down payment and closing...