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Beshear reports 315 new COVID cases, 2 deaths; speaks on removal of Jefferson Davis statue

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on steps the state is taking to address the novel coronavirus 2019. “We’ve been fighting this virus for months and I know every single Kentuckian has sacrificed for the greater good during that time,” said Beshear. “Today, I especially want to thank our health care workers who continue to save lives on the front lines and who have never given...

Kentucky has 331 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths; get tested, do Census, get ballot by June 15

As of Friday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear has reported at least 12,166 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 331 newly confirmed. “Remember, due to a backlog in the data management system we use to report data to the federal government, today’s numbers include some cases that should have been reported yesterday,” said Beshear. Unfortunately, Beshear reported four new deaths Friday, raising the total...

Sen. Chris McDaniel pre-files bill to replace Jefferson Davis statue at capitol to honor Carl Brashear

This story has been updated Senator Chris McDaniel announced that he has pre-filed a bill to have the statue of Jefferson Davis removed from Kentucky State Capitol and sent to either the Kentucky Historical Society or the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site. Sen. Chris McDaniel Speaking in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln’s statue in the Capitol Rotunda, Senator McDaniel asked Kentuckians to consider...

NKY has 11 COVID cases, state 191 cases, 7 deaths; Beshear says churches to expand capacity, more

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NKY Health Department reported 11 additional cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, for 1,360 total cases. There have been 621 cases in Kenton County, 190 cases in Campbell County, 500 cases in Boone County, and 49 cases in Grant County. There have been 69 total deaths related to COVID-19. Nine hundred (900) individuals have recovered. Gov. Andy Beshear reported 191...

Covington commissioners approve budget in first reading, approve subsidies, honor Rev. Leo Schmidt

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter Covington’s fiscal year ’21 budget got a first reading Tuesday night, and, unlike last week, nothing further was questioned or discussed. “We had a healthy 2½-hour discussion about the budget last week,” Mayor Joseph U. Meyer said in the commission’s regularly-scheduled legislative meeting Tuesday night. He was referencing last week’s lengthy caucus meeting,...

Covington still pushing against bus route reductions; more changes sought; Wednesday’s vote is 5:30 p.m.

A day before the board overseeing public bus service in Northern Kentucky votes on drastic changes to routes, City of Covington officials continue fighting to maintain transportation options for its vulnerable populations.   City Manager David Johnston sent a letter to TANK (Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky) officials today that – while thanking them for reining back several proposed reductions...

Kentucky Republicans hold online state convention; grassroots leaders select RNC delegates, alternates

The Republican Party of Kentucky held its first-ever online state convention during the weekend, with grassroots GOP leaders from across the state electing delegates and alternates to the 2020 Republican National Convention, as well as a slate of electors for the Electoral College following this year’s presidential election. “Our first-ever online state convention was a great success, and I am...

Police to conduct campaign against aggressive driving on I-75 corridor in Kenton County on June 16

Police officers have stepped up enforcement on the I-75 Kenton County corridor. An enforcement blitz is only a portion of the overall safety campaign. There will be special enforcement blitzes published on social media, which are conducted to remind motorists to change their aggressive driving behaviors and to make the highways safer for everyone. On June 16 beginning at 8 a.m., police officers from...

Governor reports 319 new COVID cases, four deaths, urges Kyians to stay safe, help prevent spread

Gov. Andy Beshear reported 319 new cases of COVID on Saturday and four new deaths, bringing the state’s total to 11,287 cases and 470 deaths. Sixty-five percent of the new cases came from Jefferson County. At least 3,344 Kentuckyicans have recovered from the virus. “These deaths are another tragic loss for all of Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “Light your houses up green, ring your bells...

Covington offering $500 bonuses to new landlords; program designed to help families find housing

Desperate to help its vulnerable families find places to live, the City of Covington is offering $500 bonuses to landlords who sign a new lease through the City’s Housing Choice Voucher Program. Some 126 low-income families in Covington are certified as potential tenants under the program commonly known as Section 8, but there aren’t enough landlords participating, said Kim Phillips, the...

Covington observes 11th annual NKY Pride LGBTQ festival this weekend with opening of community center

With the City of Covington as the title sponsor, the 11th annual rendition of NKY Pride will be observed this weekend with the opening of a LGBTQ community center. There will also be a decorate-your-porch contest, a virtual dance party and drag show, and a panel discussion with leaders of cities that have taken stands for equity and against discrimination. In the coming weeks, another set of crosswalks...

Governor says no need for special session on budget matters, due to agreement with legislative leaders

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Wednesday that he has reached an agreement with legislative leaders to avoid the need for the General Assembly to return in a special session to resolve budget matters. Previously, the Governor had said he had expected to call a “short, targeted” special session to allow lawmakers to pass a reduced budget proposal to account for revenue lost due to the global pandemic...

Covington commission to dip into reserves to make ends meet in tough times; cautious about spending

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s not the ideal situation, and the Mayor admits it. But he says it’s something the city will have to do, given the circumstances. If approved, the next Covington budget will spend more than it brings in, forcing commissioners to dip into the city’s reserve funds — to the tune of $1.7 million — to make ends meet. Commissioners have been working on the budget...

New enhanced Sanitation District No. 1 website improves online experience for customers

Sanitation District No. 1 has launched a new enhanced website to improve the online experience for its customers and other stakeholders. The site, which remains at http://SD1.org, was built on a CivicPlus platform, improving functionality, navigation and aesthetics for those seeking to conduct business with or find information about SD1. SD1 has launched a new enhanced website to improve the online...

Newport officials rescind citywide curfew that has been in place since Sunday

Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso and City Manager Tom Fromme have jointly signed an Executive Order rescinding the citywide curfew for adults that had been in place since Sunday. A 9 p.m. curfew remains in effect for juveniles. The city could put the curfew back in place should the situation warrant such action. From City of Newport