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Newport City Commission unanimously approves nearly $350,000 in street, park improvements

Three streets and a park will be enhanced and repaired through nearly $350,000 in improvement projects unanimously approved by the Newport City Commission. The city will spend $336,726.45 for the projects on Grandview Avenue, Fort Beech and Poplar Streets and the Mussman Park recreation complex, according to Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso. Mayor Jerry Peluso“Infrastructure makes up the bones of a...

Covington approves mobile food vending ordinance; IRS site bonds gets first reading

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter It’s become a new normal for the city, this digital world in which commissioners digitally meet with one another to handle Covington’s business. They did so again Tuesday night in their regularly-scheduled caucus meeting, governing via computer due to the regulations put in place to combat the COVID-19 virus. This meeting was their most efficient and well-run...

SD1 turning to smart-sewer management to fight sewer overflows in Highland Heights, Silver Grove

By Chris Cole Sanitation District No. 1 Sanitation District No. 1 is about to break ground on new equalization (EQ) tanks and pump stations in Highland Heights and Silver Grove that begin a new era of smart-sewer management in Northern Kentucky that will significantly reduce the cost of complying with federal Clean Water Act regulations. The two tanks, which will be used to hold mostly storm water,...

Beshear vetoes the ‘Born Alive’ abortion bill, saying law already provides for protection of children

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed Senate Bill 9 last week, saying that Kentucky law already fully protects children from being denied life-saving medical care and treatment when they are born. 
That decision brought sweeping response from Todd Gray, the executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, who called it “absolutely unimaginable.”   
“I...

Covington IRS site’s backstory enmeshed with intrigue, drama – $1 grows to $20.5 million

Almost 60 years old, the newspaper clippings are faded and fragile. But with the rapid-fire publication of daily journalism, their headlines reveal the fascinating story of Covington’s concerted – some would say “desperate” – efforts in the early 1960s to land a massive IRS data processing facility. Collectively they describe a solid plot for a documentary, if not a low-budget...

Governor, Secretary of State agree on procedures to assure safe voting for every registered Kentuckian

Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams said they have reached an agreement on how the state’s primary elections, special elections and local option elections scheduled for June 23, will be conducted given the global health pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Secretary Adams sent Governor Beshear a formal letter of recommendation Thursday, and Friday the Governor...

Construction at Ovation site in Newport ongoing; goal is completion of music venue by end of 2020

By Don Owen NKyTribune news editor Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, construction crews have continued working at the Ovation site in Newport. Ovation, Corporex’s planned $1 billion project at the vacant west-end site in Newport near the confluence of the Licking and Ohio rivers, had originally been announced in 2006. But a combination of factors postponed the development of the project for...

Unemployment rates rise in 117 Kentucky counties during past year; Magoffin jobless rate 18.1 percent

Unemployment rates rose in 117 Kentucky counties between March 2019 and March 2020, fell in one (Crittenden County) and stayed the same in two (Owen and Robertson counties), according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Oldham County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 4.1 percent. It was followed...

Attorney General announces more than $112 million in annual tobacco settlement funds for Kentucky

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday that Kentucky received $112,659,718.88 million in the 2020 annual tobacco settlement payment from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). “Funds from the MSA support important programs throughout the Commonwealth, including agricultural diversification initiatives and health and education programs,” said Cameron. “Since signing the agreement,...

City takes ‘big step forward’ on IRS site, public works, Hotel Covington — bringing jobs, service and change

By Ryan Clark NKyTribune reporter For the past two weeks, the city Commission has made headlines because of how they were regulating and not necessarily about what was being done. It was through no fault of theirs — they were hosting the first digital caucus and legislative meetings in the history of the city due to the regulations put in place to combat the COVID-19 virus. That itself seemed to...

Sanitation District getting started on first phase of stormwater/wastewater project in Ft. Thomas

Sanitation District No. 1 starting to break ground this week on the first phase of a stormwater and wastewater project along Waterworks Road in Ft. Thomas to alleviate flooding and eliminate sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and combined sewer overflows (CSOs).   During heavy rainfall, the storm sewer system in the area can become overwhelmed by excess stormwater, resulting in flooding between Taylor...

Latest models for Kentucky COVID-19 impact vary; estimates how counties will deal with disease

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Projections of COVID-19’s impact on Kentucky continue to vary, but one model has begun to estimate how individual counties will deal with the disease. Those projections rely on data that is even more scant than the earlier models, but they are being updated frequently and are intended to be a guide to local and state officials in planning for the expected surge...

COVID update: NKY has 17 new cases, KY has 273, 4 deaths; Gov. Beshear praises all the heroes

Staff Report As of Sunday afternoon, 17 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 279 total cases, the NKY Health Department reported. Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 273 new cases, the highest ever for a single day and four new deaths, bringing the totals for the state to 2,960 cases and 148 deaths. There are 136 cases in Kenton County, 54 cases in Campbell County,...

Covington focuses on vacant, abandoned houses; lien waivers, foreclosures among strategies

Neighbors know them well. Strung around the city, they’re the houses that have sat vacant for years – essentially abandoned, seemingly forgotten and often slowly deteriorating – a source of frustration for not only those who live near them but also City Hall, the legal system, and sometimes even those who own them. “It’s safe to say there are hundreds of such buildings...

Gov. Beshear sets benchmarks for reopening the state’s economy, recognizing ‘sacrifices’

Gov. Andy Beshear discussed benchmarks that the Commonwealth must meet in order to start reopening the state’s economy while keeping Kentuckians safe from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The steps reflect federal guidance announced by the White House. “We believe our approach is very much in line with the White House. The plan put out by the White House has certain thresholds that states...