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EPA awards $1.1 million to Kentucky to help address leaking underground storage tanks throughout state

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1,170,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks throughout the state. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. States...

KYTC announces winners of its Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest; three finalists are from NKY schools

Students from four Kentucky counties earned first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2018 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest, which seeks to promote a clean environment. Winners represent Western Hills High School in Franklin County, Murray High School in Calloway County, Grace Academy in Allen County and Rich Pond Elementary in Warren County. “I am always impressed with the talent...

Transportation Cabinet conducts extensive testing of new driver’s license program; extension continues

The Kentucky Transportation (KYTC) is in the end stages of testing the state’s new driver’s license system to introduce new, more secure card versions that meet federal standards in the coming months. A pilot of the new system will begin this spring in Circuit Court Clerk Office locations in Woodford and Franklin counties. New licenses will be made available gradually in counties and become available...

Covington Mayor to Interplastic: ‘Be Good Neighbors’ city does not want another shelter-in-place situation

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s about being good neighbors. That’s what Covington Mayor Joseph U. Meyer said at the City Commission’s regularly scheduled caucus meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. At issue: Last month’s shelter-in-place that went out after a cloud of white smoke was seen in the air over the nearby Interplastic Corporation plant on Latonia Avenue. Residents within 1,000...

Deadline is April 22 to register to vote in the May primary; register online at GoVoteKY

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 21 Primary Election is Monday, April 22. “Our elections should be determined by a majority of voters, not a minority,” said Grimes. “Registering to vote is the first step to having your voice heard on Election Day. I call on all eligible Kentuckians...

City of Covington starts path to build bigger Fire Department’s Engine Co. 2 on Parkway Avenue

Stack 10 quarters on top of each other. There’s less than an inch of clearance between Pumper 2’s ladders and Engine Co. 2’s door frame (provided photos). That’s the distance between the ladder on top of Pumper 2 and the door frame on the Covington Fire Department’s Engine Co. 2 on Parkway Avenue. “We back that truck in very carefully – there’s no room...

ProPublica: Kentucky’s Secretary of State turns up the heat in fight with the elections board

By Jessica Huseman Propublica and Daniel Desrochers Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes escalated her fight with the State Board of Elections this week when she removed its executive director from a national committee devoted to improving the country’s voting systems and better protecting them from cyberattacks. Grimes took the action against the executive...

Individual income tax filing deadline is Monday for both state and federal returns

The filing deadline to submit both federal and Kentucky individual income tax returns is Monday, April 15. Returns filed by taxpayers on April 15, will be considered timely filed. Returns that are mailed must be postmarked by April 15, 2019. As of April 10, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) received over 1.4 million individual income tax returns, which is slightly higher than last year’s...

Gov. Bevin, Sen. Stivers at odds over governor’s veto of public pension bill passed on legislature’s final day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two of Kentucky’s top Republican leaders, Gov. Matt Bevin and Senate President Robert Stivers, are at loggerheads over the governor’s decision to veto pension reform legislation passed on the final day of the 2019 General Assembly. 
“The rationale behind this decision is perplexing,” Stivers said.  “Just weeks ago, during the 2019 regular session, the governor...

City lights up Florence Y’All water tower; joins KYTC to recognize National Work Zone Awareness Week

The City of Florence joins the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week. KYTC invites organizations and residents to pledge to light up buildings, structures, bridges, and homes in the color orange on Wednesday, April 10. The City of Florence will highlight the Florence Y’All Water Tower in orange on “Glow Orange, Kentucky Day,” as it supports...

Commission greenlights RFP for West Covington Fire Station; Fiscal Court meetings may be on tap

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter The West Covington Fire Station is one step closer to becoming reality. Commissioners approved an order to authorize a Request for Proposals for a Covington Fire Station Site and Facilities Study at their regularly scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. And while the vote for the RFP was unanimous, it wasn’t without discussion. Commissioners were...

Covington seeking to give away $50K to small businesses for rent, facade work; apply by April 26

Almost $50,000 is available for businesses in Covington who need help with first-year rent or with fixing up the exterior of their buildings. One of the City’s forgivable façade loans helped lead to exterior improvements at Peppe Cucina Italian deli (provided photos). The money is available through the City of Covington’s Small Business Program. Ross Patten, the City’s Economic Development...

Kentucky Court of Justice to launch RESTORE initiative to help courts address opioid epidemic

The Kentucky Court of Justice will kick off a new initiative to help judges, circuit court clerks, and court personnel further address Kentucky’s opioid epidemic. The Responsive Education to Support Treatment in Opioid Recovery Efforts (RESTORE) initiative will launch with a news conference on April 11 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The public and media are invited to attend this event, which will take place...

Spring street-sweeping has begun in Covington, find out when and where it hits local neighborhoods

The spring cleaning of Covington’s streets is underway. City’s Public Works Department has begun its seasonal street-sweeping schedule, having divided the City into 12 sections which will be swept over this two-month period. To find out when your street will be swept: Identify which section you are in on the map that can be seen HERE. Then click on your section of the map to see which...

Boone County Fiscal Court conducts citizen survey; animal shelter gets $35K from Petco Foundation

The Boone County Fiscal Court is partnering with Northern Kentucky University to perform a citizen survey. The goal is to evaluate satisfaction with County services and assist with setting future priorities. Judge Moore The collection, compilation and analysis of data will be done by MPA students at NKU to ensure its reliability and objectivity. This survey is anonymous, participation is voluntary...