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Climbing the Carew Tower: Covington firefighter team preps for 45-floor Fight for Air Climb competition

Covington firefighter Stu Johnson slid off his Air-Pak and bent over, sweat literally dripping off his forehead and hitting the tiled floor. Covington Fire Lt. Mike Davis, left, urges on Firefighter Stu Johnson as they prepare for Sunday’s Fight for Air Climb (provided photos). He was hot, and his legs ached. Wearing 55 pounds of gear, Johnson had just climbed the equivalent of 45 flights of...

Early morning beer in the Cov? Exception would allow alcohol sales at 6 a.m. on St. Paddy’s Day

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The green beer will be flowing pretty early this St. Patrick’s Day if a new exception to a city law is approved. Like, 6 a.m. early. Three separate establishments have requested an amendment so the city can sell alcohol by the drink on a Sunday — specifically Sunday, March 17, which just so happens to be St. Patrick’s Day. And they want to get it started bright...

$1.5 Million of Purdue Pharma settlement funds to support Operation UNITE drug prevention, treatment  

Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced that his office is transferring $1.5 million of Purdue Pharma Settlement funds that will support Operation UNITE, a nonprofit serving southern and eastern Kentucky counties in preventing drug abuse and facilitating treatment. Kentucky reached a settlement with the Connecticut-based opioid manufacturer in 2015 for $24 million over claims of the addictiveness...

Debra Hembree Lambert sworn in as 3rd Supreme Court District justice, replaces Daniel Venters

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s newest Supreme Court Justice took her seat on the bench for the first time on Monday following her formal investiture ceremony. 
Debra Hembree Lambert was elected last November to represent the 3rd Supreme Court District, consisting of 27 counties in southern and southeast Kentucky, succeeding Justice Daniel Venters who retired after 35 years in the judiciary,...

AG’s office warns ‘Sweetheart Scam’ reports total nearly $300,000 in losses for KY victims this year

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be wary of online dating scams that have already caused four victims in Campbell, Jefferson and Wayne counties to report losses of nearly $300,000 this year. In each case, a “sweetheart scammer” used legitimate online dating websites Match.com and eHarmony to lure victims into a fake online relationship. The...

Several NKYians among 26 Basic Training Academy graduates of KY Dept. of Criminal Justice Training

NKyTribune staff Several Northern Kentuckians were among the twenty-six law enforcement officers from agencies across the state that graduated Thursday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. Two officers from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office received special recognition. Covington Police Officer Alexandra Birkley (shown with Chief Rob Nader, left and Captain...

City of Covington: Misconceptions surrounding Section 8 housing program fuel landlord shortage

Section 8 isn’t what you think it is. That’s the City of Covington’s message as it searches for landlords in Kenton County to rent to low-income families and others whose monthly payments are partially paid by the federal government. Jeri Asher, an inspector with the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, helps make sure that properties meet safety and code standards (provided...

Al Cross: AG’s race shapes up as most interesting; Republican side rests on McConnell’s involvement

The filing deadline has passed, so let’s make up the scorecard for this year’s statewide elections, starting with the party labels and the top job on the ballots. Republicans are at real risk of losing the governorship, mainly due to Gov. Matt Bevin’s self-inflicted wounds. Al Cross But the Kentucky Democratic Party, after decades of decline, risks being shut out of statewide office. Its best...

Covington to replace most of city’s concrete public trash receptacles with metal cans this spring

Covington has agreed to accept a Wisconsin company’s bid to replace public trash receptacles on street corners. Here is what Covington’s new public trash receptacles will look like, but painted black (provided image). That may not seem like a big deal until you consider: •The bid calls for about 235 receptacles. •Covington has set aside $200,000 for the purchase from a federal grant. •Collectively,...

Outgoing Renaissance Covington leader celebrates past year; new executive director in place by March

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune For Katie Meyer, it was something akin to a victory lap. Meyer, who in December announced she would be stepping down after nine years from her position as Executive Director of Renaissance Covington to work for Cincinnati Bell, made her last presentation to the city’s Board of Commissioners at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday night. The city provides...

Candidate filings final; here’s the list of candidates for May primary to select November contenders

The deadline was 4 p.m. Tuesday for filings for the upcoming primary election in May for parties to select the candidates that will move on to the November general election. Here are the candidates who have filed and will appear on the primary ballots: Governor/Lt. Gov. (8) Democratic Rocky Adkins/Stephanie Horne Andy Beshear/Jacqueline Coleman Adam H. Edelen/Gill Hollard Geoffrey Young/Joshua French Republican Matthew...

IRS site open house draws 200 to kick off discussion about plans to develop prime piece of real estate

They came dressed in high heels, hiking boots, and clerical collars, and they had plenty of ideas. Attendees at the open house for the IRS site’s future check out a map showing traffic counts around the 23-acre Covington complex (provided photo). “They” were the nearly 200 people who attended the kick off of the public conversation that Covington has started to discuss the future...

Analysis: What determines a ‘public record’? The nature, purpose of document, not where it is kept

By Amye Bensenhaver Special to NKyTribune On January 15, Attorney General Andy Beshear moved closer to overruling a heavily criticized 2015 open records decision issued by his predecessor, Jack Conway, on his last day in office. In the 2015 decision, cited by Senator Damon Thayer in 2018 as the basis for his ill-fated proposal to exclude “emails, texts or calls on devices paid for entirely with...

December 2018 unemployment rates fall in 69 Kentucky counties; low in Kenton, Campbell, Boone

Unemployment rates fell in 69 Kentucky counties between December 2017 and December 2018, rose in 38, and stayed the same in 13 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 2.6 percent. It was followed by Fayette and Oldham counties, 2.8...

Rep. Wil Schroder of Campbell County files to run for Attorney General, as Whitney Westerfield withdraws

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The race for the Republican nomination for Kentucky Attorney General took an unexpected turn Friday when one candidate announced he no longer plans to seek the seat and a state senator from Campbell County entered the race. Westerfield Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton, issued a press release Friday morning stating he had removed himself from the race. Westerfield...