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St. Elizabeth Healthcare expanding Florence hospital campus 125,000 sq.ft., undertaking variety of updates

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is expanding its Florence hospital campus to offer advanced, specialized care in Northern Kentucky and improve patient experience. Through a $65-85 million investment, nearly 125,000 square feet of new or renovated space and three years of development, the completed project will enable increased access to quality care for the community and reduce the need for residents to travel...

State Democratic Party says ag chief Ryan Quarles paid appointee who mostly campaigned for judge

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter The Kentucky Democratic Party claims Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has paid his chief attorney, Joe Bilby, $115,000 in taxpayers’ dollars while Bilby missed most work days to campaign for circuit judge of Franklin County. Ryan Quarles A release from the party Tuesday said Bilby has not worked a full week in the department since last September. It...

Special judge in Campbell County voids primary election of incumbent commissioner Brian Painter

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter A special judge in Campbell Circuit Court has voided the primary election of longtime incumbent Commissioner Brian Painter of Alexandria for campaign violations.
 If the ruling stands, Painter’s name on the Nov. 8 general election ballot will be removed and replaced with Painter’s opponent, David Fischer, a Fort Thomas businessman and vice chair of the Campbell...

Leadership Kentucky class finishes first community visit to Berea as part of seven-month program

The 51 Leadership Kentucky members, who were announced for the 2022 class on June 20, recently returned from their trip to Berea, the first community visit in the seven-month program. Among the team are three from western Kentucky: McCracken County residents Lee Emmons, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) and Maegan Mansfield, Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing; and Calloway...

Rehab project on Historic KY 8 truss bridge slowed by supply chain delays; aiming for summer’s end

Rehabilitation of the historic truss bridge on KY 8 (Mary Ingalls Highway) in Campbell County has been slowed by supply chain delays, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says. All structural rehabilitation work has been completed on the bridge, which was built in 1946 and crosses Twelvemile Creek (Milepost 18). Only cleaning and painting work remain, but crews are having to wait on delivery of paint...

$8million in tobacco settlement funds will go to early childhood education, Governor announces

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood will receive nearly $8 million of Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds to promote early childhood education, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday. The funds will provide developmental screeners for parents of children from birth to 3 years old. The screener is a short, easy-to-use questionnaire that parents can complete to...

Parents often overlook the risks associated with fireworks; tips to safely celebrate this July 4th

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As communities and families prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, some parents overlook the risks of burn and injury that fireworks pose for children, according to a national study. A national poll by the children’s hospital at the University of Michigan found that one in five parents said their children were less than 100 feet, the recommended distance,...

Kentucky Colonels give grant to Girl Scouts of Wilderness Road to support its Adventure Program

The Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) received a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) which will be used by GSKWR to purchase climbing harnesses and helmets for the Girl Scout Adventure Program, providing outdoor engagement to over 6,485 girl and adult members. Susan Douglass, CEO of Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road and Lynn Ashton, trustee of...

Abortion rights advocates file lawsuit in state court to restore access to abortions in Kentucky

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter             Three agencies that advocate for reproductive rights filed a lawsuit Monday in state court to give women in Kentucky access to abortions. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Kentucky and Planned Parenthood filed a 48-page suit in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville to block two abortion bans. The lawsuit comes three days after the...

Cincinnati Children’s plans first-of-its-kind facility featuring primary care, subspecialty clinics in Union

Cincinnati Children’s plans to construct a multimillion-dollar medical building featuring a large primary care practice in Union. Important complements to primary care will also be located at the new facility, including integrated behavioral health counselors and a lab to speed test results. Cincinnati Children’s will also leverage the new location to improve access to specialty care, which will...

UK to offer workshops to help forest managers battle climate change, improve ecosystems’ response

By Jordan Strickler University of Kentucky   Improving ecosystems’ response to climate change presents a major challenge to the state’s natural resource managers and landowners. The University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Department of Forestry is helping woodland owners face these challenges with a series of July workshops focused on developing and executing...

AAA: Nearly 663,000 Kentuckians expected to travel this July 4th weekend; many will take to roadways

With summer travel season in full swing, Kentuckians are expected to make the most of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, with 662,881 from the Commonwealth expected to travel 50 miles or more from June 30 through July 4. AAA predicts travel volumes nationwide to reach about 47.9 million people, just shy of 2019 volumes, and the second-largest travel numbers since 2000. Car travel will set a new...

Mixed COVID-19 report: Deaths decline but state’s new cases, positivity rate, hospitalizations rise

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It was a mixed report in the weekly COVID-19 numbers released Monday by the Kentucky Department for Public Health, as deaths declined while new cases, the positivity rate and hospitalizations all saw increases. A total of 9,574 new cases were reported to state public health officials for the period ending Sunday. That compares to 7,927 the previous week and brings to 1,398,705...

St. E Edgewood receives American College of Cardiology platinum award for heart attack care

For the fifth consecutive year, St. Elizabeth Edgewood has received the American College of Cardiology NCDR Chest Pain-MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award. This award recognizes St. Elizabeth at the highest level for heart attack care and distinguishes St. Elizabeth as the only hospital in the Tristate to achieve this prestigious honor. “Our participation in this registry creates...

Kentucky by Heart: Sharing some recently-read non-fiction titles celebrating the people and culture of KY

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist Kentuckians are always looking for ways to find out more about their people and culture, and it often starts with reading non-fiction books. Here are a few I’ve read recently, along with summaries of each: I Was Born When I Was Very Young: A Memoir By Bill Cunningham (Cunningham Books, 2021) What does a former Kentucky Supreme Court justice have in common with...