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Boone County seeks applicants for Government Citizens Institute; announces tree recycling info

Boone County will conduct a free citizens academy program called ENGAGE for residents or business owners that are interested in learning more about County Government. The ENGAGE program is a great opportunity to learn more about how County Government works. The 2020 class will be the County’s third class after two successful sessions in 2018 and 2019. The ten-week educational program includes presentations...

Kentucky jobless rate increases slightly from a year ago; November unemployment rate at 4.4 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2019 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2019 jobless rate was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state in November 2018. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate...

IRS site: ‘This is real now’ – consultant pitches mixed-use development with street grid, green space

A consultant’s conceptual plan for the 23-acre Covington IRS site includes a restored street grid, a levee park, a community plaza for festivals, and a mixture of buildings containing offices, retail shops, and places to live. The goal? That it “not look like anything anywhere else in the United States,” said Kyle Reis, director of planning for Cooper Carry. The City of Covington...

Consultants make last pitch for Covington IRS site; food trucks legalized on city property

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Connectivity. Job creation. Mixed-use opportunities. Those are the characteristics that are most important to the residents of the city when it comes to taking advantage of the IRS site, a new study says. Eleven months ago, Cooper Carry, a global architecture and design firm based in Atlanta, was hired to help the city reintegrate the IRS Processing Center back into...

Gov. Beshear signs executive order rescinding Bevin’s Medicaid waiver; ‘helps families and state’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that he is rescinding former Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order on the Medicaid waiver program and will protect the Medicaid expansion instituted by his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, in 2014. “The last thing our families need is to pay more for their healthcare coverage, or even worser, to lose that coverage entirely,” Beshear...

Beshear names Dennis Keene Commissioner of Dept. of Local Government; special election to fill his seat

Representative Dennis Keene (D-Campbell County) has joined the Executive Branch office of Governor Andy Beshear as the Commissioner of the Department of Local Government (DLG). Dennis Keene and Gov. Andy Beshear DLG is a critical arm of the Governor’s office, creating a partnership with local governments to deal with matters of budget, personnel and other issues. A special election will be called...

Fort Wright seeking experienced full-time Police Chief; applications accepted until January 8

The City of Fort Wright is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated and experienced individual for the position of full-time Police Chief. The position reports to the City Administrator and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and supervising the activities of the COFW Police Department. Departmental work involves maintaining law and order through patrol, criminal investigation, crime prevention,...

Treasurer Allison Ball names new chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and communications director

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball has hired a new Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Communications Director, her office announced. Filling these roles will be Lesley Bilby as Treasurer Ball’s Chief of Staff, Lorran Hart Ferguson as Deputy Chief of Staff, and Katherine Kington North as Communications Director. Lesley Bilby “These women will be excellent additions to my team in their...

City of Covington to recognize MARCC ID cards in support of effort to be a welcoming community

Wanting to further establish itself as a “welcoming” community, the City of Covington has announced its support for a program that will make photo ID cards available to immigrants and others who need them. A sample MARCC ID card, as issued by the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (provided). The decision – made via a recent vote of the Covington Board of Commissioners...

Gov. Beshear restores voting rights to non-violent felons who have completed their sentences

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order Thursday restoring the voting rights of non-violent felons in Kentucky who have completed their sentences. During his remarks in the Capitol Rotunda announcing the restoration of voting rights, Beshear said he believes in the law, as well as redemption and second chances. Gov. Beshear signs executive order restoring voter rights...

Judge denies restraining order; new Kentucky Board of Education will hold special meeting today

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis could learn if he is out of a job soon as the newly reconstituted Kentucky Board of Education has called a special meeting for today.

 Gov. Andy Beshear had promised during his campaign that he would sign an executive order replacing the old board and did just that on his Inauguration Day. 

“This morning, I reorganized...

Andy Beshear sworn in as Kentucky’s 63rd governor, one of youngest, says we are all on Team Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today On a cold, blustery Frankfort day, Andy Beshear was sworn into office as Kentucky’s 63rd governor on Tuesday.

 He wasted no time heating things up, using an executive order to make good on a campaign promise to replace the Kentucky Board of Education and saying he will file another executive order on Thursday to restore voting rights to non-violent felons.

 “Our...

New look — flat, digitally printed, modern — coming for KY license plates; they are cheaper to produce

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is making major progress to introduce a modernized license plate manufacturing process in late 2020 after entering into a recent agreement with Intellectual Technologies Inc. Unlike current license plates embossed with raised letters and numbers, the new plates will be flat and printed digitally, reducing the production costs of bulk manufacturing, storage...

Rep. Sal Santoro presented 2019 “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award at Walton City Council meeting

Kentucky League of Cities Recognizes Representative Sal Santoro with a 2019 “Friend of Kentucky Cities” Award Representative Sal Santoro (R-Florence) was honored with a 2019 “Friend of Kentucky Cities” award Tuesday night in Walton. KLC Deputy Executive Director J.D. Chaney, Director of Governmental Affairs Bryanna Carroll, Walton Mayor Gabe Brown and members of the Walton City Council present...

Governor-elect Andy Beshear names top level staff appointments; Including Cameron to AG vacancy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has announced more high level staff appointments. • La Tasha Buckner, who was named earlier as general counsel, will also serve as his Chief of Staff. • Holly McCoy-Johnson was chosen as Secretary of the Finance Cabinet. • Tom Miller, a former State Revenue Commissioner for eight years, will be returning to that post. • Mike Berry, who recently...