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Legislature passes one-year budget in a coronavirus ‘unusual situation’ and facing uncertain revenues

Staff report Social distancing was being observed by the General Assembly as they met Wednesday to take up the budget bills for the executive, legislative and judicial branches. 
While the Senate spread out in the chamber for their votes, the House took a more unusual approach. They adopted a change to the House rules that allowed them to vote remotely.  Many of the members remained at their offices...

Chamber accepting nominations for Leadership NKY; livestream focus is workplace emergency planning

NKyTribune staff The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership NKY program is now accepting nominations for the Leadership NKY Class of 2021, the program’s 42nd class. Leadership NKY is a nine-month program designed to help develop business and community leaders. A previous leadership Northern Kentucky Class at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort (Photo provided). It uses the community as...

EKU standout guard Jomaru Brown declares as early entrant in NBA Draft; eligible to return to school

Eastern Kentucky University sophomore guard Jomaru Brown has submitted his name as an early entrant in the 2020 NBA Draft. Under NCAA rules, Brown can sign with a certified agent, receive feedback and still have the ability to return to school if he chooses. The 2020 NBA Draft Combine is tentatively scheduled to be held May 21-24 in Chicago. All early entrants have until 5 p.m. on June 15 to choose...

Blue North hosts virtual screening of ‘SHE STARTED IT,’ documentary tells story of female entrepreneurs  

Blue North, the community for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Northern Kentucky, is hosting a virtual screening of “SHE STARTED IT” Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. The screening is in partnership with the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, LEAP, West Kentucky RISE and Awesome Inc. The online event is free and open to students, parents, teachers and entrepreneurs. Registration is available...

Al Cross: McConnell again makes a boulder out of a pebble, then makes political hay of crisis

It’s a time for us to be apart literally, and a time to be together figuratively. But politics long ago moved mainly to the figurative battlefield, and we shouldn’t expect its divisiveness to take a holiday even in a deadly pandemic. And now the crisis itself is an issue. Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager was calling on his likely Democratic opponent, Amy...

Villa Madonna Academy valedictorian, salutatorian get icing and the cake while learning at home

NKyTribune staff Villa Madonna Academy congratulated the Class of 2020’s valedictorian, Neema Adley, and salutatorian, Maddie Dickman in a special way. Villa Madonna Academy Class of 2020’s valedictorian, Neema Adley, left and salutatorian, Maddie Dickman received special delivery cakes to recognize their accomplishments. The cakes were delivered to their homes by High School/Junior High...

Fifteen new cases, two deaths in NKY; 110 new cases, 11 deaths in KY; Gov. urges school closings ’til May 1

Fifteen additional cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for a total of 87 cases. There are 43 cases in Kenton County, 23 cases in Campbell County, 18 cases in Boone County and 3 cases in Grant County. The two additional deaths were also reported, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department. One individual was a resident of Grant County and...

Kroger, UFCW announce ‘Hero’ grocery worker pay increase, new benefits during COVID-19 outbreak

The Kroger Co. and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union announced a new increase to the pay and benefits for more than 14,000 Kentucky grocery workers at Kroger stores. The agreement includes more than 460,000 Kroger grocery workers nationwide and was secured by UFCW, which represents 1.3 million workers in grocery, retail, and other industries. UFCW welcomed the action...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: April is crappie month in Kentucky; vary tackle and techniques for success

A crappie is a crappie… well not exactly. The two species found in Kentucky waters look a lot alike, but their seasonal movements and habitat preferences are slightly different, so anglers need to vary their tackle and techniques for success. Here’s some strategies and observations about fishing in April, arguably our best month to catch crappie: Black Crappie (Image from U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

CVG provides update on travel, services, cleaning standards; badgeholder tests positive for COVID-19

For the well-being of its passengers and employees, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is committed to operating a safe and clean airport. CVG continues to coordinate with the Northern Kentucky Health Department and our airline partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airport is classified as essential infrastructure and must remain open and operational. Our air...

Bill Straub: Saying whatever is necessary to assure their legends for a place in history; it’s all in the spin

Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell has dished out some doozies during his time in the District of Columbia and the pervasiveness of the coronavirus is providing the man with a great opportunity to add to the legend that is Moscow Mitch. For instance, our boy from Louisville took to the air this week with a television campaign ad grabbing credit for passage of a $2.2...

UK’s Stoops keeping focus on people, safety of players’ families during COVID-19 pandemic

With how quickly things were changing, University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops could see the writing on the wall. His team was in its final days in Lexington before spring break and news was breaking seemingly every 15 minutes. The remainder of spring practice had not yet been canceled, but Stoops had every reason to believe it would be. “We had a pretty good indication by the...

Covington fights for better testing, equipment; new protocol for first responders a ‘step in right direction’

The City of Covington continues to fight hard for quicker access to testing and better personal protective equipment for its First Responders while they respond to potential cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease COVID-19. “We’ve been vocal to anybody who will listen about the need for improvements in these areas,” Covington Mayor Joe Meyer said. “I can’t say...

Cincinnati Zoo’s matriarch of gorillas, Samantha, the oldest at 50, humanely euthanized; had health issues

Samantha, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s oldest mammal and matriarch of its gorillas, has been humanely euthanized. Born at the Zoo 50 years ago, she exceeded the life expectancy for her species by more than a decade and was in good health for most of her long life.  Recently, however, it became apparent that age-related health issues were affecting her quality of life. “Maintaining...

Dramatic increase in COVID-19 NKY cases — 31; state has 93; Governor: ‘make a difference’

Northern Kentucky saw a dramatic increase in the number of coronavirus cases reported Wednesday afternoon — 31 new cases, for a grand total of 72. This includes individuals who were tested previously, but whose positive test results were presumptive and are now confirmed. There are 36 cases in Kenton County, 18 cases in Campbell County, 16 cases in Boone County and 2 cases in Grant County. There...