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Beshear to hold regular non-COVID press conference — shares round-up of major stories, progress

Gov. Andy Beshear held the first Team Kentucky Update in the Capitol Rotunda Thursday after more than 15 months of fighting the pandemic and hosting more than 250 news conferences to keep Kentuckians informed. The Governor said Kentuckians will still have a regular opportunity to hear directly from him and other state leaders. “The weekly update is an opportunity to provide Kentuckians and the media...

Beyond the Curb: Take a tour of a ‘spirited’ apartment in Bellevue for River City Living above B-Line tavern

By Jill Morenz The Catalytic Fund The owners of the house featured in this week’s episode named their tavern “Three Spirits” to reference their three-person family, as well as the three spirits (beer, wine and bourbon) that they feature on the menu. The name took on a whole other meaning when they began to hear and see the former residents of the house…who had been dead for decades. The...

Covington Catholic, Ryle are Project Lead the Way Distinguished High Schools for 4th consecutive year

For the fourth consecutive year, Covington Catholic High School and Ryle High School have been recognized as Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished High Schools, two of only 204 PLTW High School programs nationwide and only five in Kentucky to receive this recognition for 2020-21. This award is based on performance standards including “exceptional student access, engagement, and achievement...

State’s unemployment rate was 4.5% in May; many workers have not yet returned to the workforce

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May 2021 unemployment rate was 4.5%, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary May 2021 jobless rate was down 0.2 percentage points from April 2021 and down 6.4 percentage points from the 10.9% recorded for the state one year ago when the restrictions...

Horizon Community Funds awards $15k grant to Red Cross for its emergency efforts related to home fires

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky has granted $15,000 to the American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter to support the nonprofit’s emergency efforts in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties. The nonprofit has responded to a dramatic increase in home fires over the past year, due to households staying home much more in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. While the national...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Lake Cumberland, 101 miles long, 50,250 acres, is state’s largest impoundment

Lake Cumberland is in McCreary, Whitley, Laurel, Pulaski, Wayne, Russell, and Clinton counties, in south central Kentucky. Wolf Creek Dam was built at river mile 460.9, 10 miles south of Jamestown. Construction began in August 1941 but was delayed for three years during World War II. The project opened to the public in August 1952. The main access highways are U.S. 127, Ky. 90, Ky. 192, U.S. 27, and...

Al Cross: Both parties go too far with election bills; bipartisan compromise is needed

In a democratic republic, it’s essential that voters have confidence in the system by which they, democratically with one vote each, choose their representatives. Without that trust, voter turnout will keep falling, the system won’t be truly representative, and elections can be more easily manipulated. Some elected representatives in one political party, spurred by their unofficial leader’s baseless...

Coach Jared was one of the reasons Campbell County’s baseball team enjoyed a special season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After the Campbell County baseball team won the 10th Region championship game last week, fans whipped out their smart phones and began taking photos of the players celebrating their success. When it came time for the trophy presentation, the players formed a circle around a teammate seated in a wheelchair and let him receive it. With the gold-plated trophy...

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, coverage for 1.8m Kyians with preconditions

Gov. Andy Beshear and a coalition of states won a U.S. Supreme Court case, California v. Texas, that upholds the Affordable Care Act (ACA), protecting health care coverage for 1.8 million Kentuckians and millions more Americans with pre-existing medical conditions. Beshear, who believes health care is a basic human right and who has prioritized access to quality care, first intervened to join the case...

MAB Fabrication to locate new production operations in Walton, investing $6.9 million

Gov. Andy Beshear announced MAB Fabrication Inc., which manufacturers awnings and steel structures for greenhouses, garden centers and big-box stores, will locate a new production operation in Walton, creating 24 full-time jobs for Kentucky residents in the coming months with a $6.9 million investment. “MAB Fabrication continues the trend of metals and manufacturing companies creating jobs in Kentucky...

Purple People Bridge to remain closed while Bridge Company, officials review report on needed repairs

The popular Purple People Bridge will remain closed while the Newport Southbank Bridge Company reviews the engineering firm’s report with officials from the cities of Newport and Cincinnati to decide how to move forward. The bridge has been closed for more since May 11 after stones from the northernmost pier on the Ohio side of the bridge, Pier 1, fell into the Ohio River. The engineering firm...

Legendary editor of The Kentucky Post, author Vance Trimble, dies at age 107 in Wewoka, Oklahoma

Staff report Vance Trimble, legendary former editor of The Kentucky Post, has died in his hometown, Wewoka, Oklahoma, at age 107. He would have been 108 on July 6. Vance Trimble Trimble won a Pulitzer Prize, a coveted Raymond Clapper award and a top Sigma Delta Chi award in 1960 for his reporting on nepotism and corruption in Congress as reporter for the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C....

NKU’s College of Business extends prestigious accreditation earned by few schools worldwide

Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business extends its prestigious accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, a distinction earned by fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. Dean Hassan HassabElnaby AACSB International’s accreditation is known as the hallmark of excellence in business education. Founded in...

Census results delayed — and therefore redistricting, though Kentucky population is shifting dramatically

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While the job redrawing Kentucky’s Congressional and legislative districts every 10 years is a difficult enough task, a four-month delay in getting official U. S. Census data will make it even tougher. 
Wendy Underhill with the National Conference of State Legislatures told the General Assembly’s Interim Joint State Government Committee this week that the Census data,...

University of Kentucky chosen for international clinical trial to develop vaccine for children 6mos.-11

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky has been chosen as one of the sites for an international clinical trial to help develop a COVID-19 vaccine for children from six months through 11 years of age. 
The KidCOVE trial will involve the Moderna vaccine, which is already available for those 12 and older, and UK has joined the second phase of a three-phase trial to determine the safety...