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The River: After stint in military (and Presidential Protection Force ) it’s back to the DELTA QUEEN

The events of the past two weeks in Washington D. C. with the assault on the Capitol Building and the ensuing increase of military security forces reminded me of a similar situation during August 1968 and my participation as a constituent of the Presidential Protection Force of the United States Secret Service. After bouncing around in the USAF the first year, I found myself a “Special Agent” in...

New Current HR offering broad range of services to regional markets, led by Charlie Vance

Current HR – a newly-formed team of experienced Human Resources (HR), legal, and accounting professionals – has launched a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) serving regional markets in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as other markets in the Midwest and Southeast regions.   Current HR is led by CEO Charlie Vance and COO Megan O’Brien, who are veterans of the HR and PEO industries. Partners...

Newport on Levee announces Trade, opening this summer in the reimagined Gallery Building

North American Properties (NAP), the local real estate firm behind the redevelopment of mixed-use destination Newport on the Levee, announces the vision for Trade™, the latest signature experience coming to the development. Opening this summer in the reimagined Gallery Building, Trade™ will be a permanent, revolving retail market at the Levee featuring up to 12 concepts from local vendors....

Kentucky art contest increases pollinator awareness; children ages 5-18 encouraged to participate

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky’s youth to participate in the Kentucky Pollinator Stakeholders Art Contest. The contest is designed to educate the public on the benefits of pollinators and encourage behaviors that promote pollinator habitats across Kentucky. “In agriculture, we know the importance of pollinators,” Quarles said. “This contest will allow children from...

Prep work on IRS site intensifies: Covington seeks firms for demolition, environmental hazards removal

Three underground fuel tanks. A 3,000-gallon underground concrete “vault.” A sprawling one-story brick facility whose “footprint” stretches across most of 17 acres. Asbestos. Lots of asphalt. And cavernous physical plant rooms filled with wires, compressors, greasy gears, generators, and valves – all the mechanics that make a federal government facility functioning and secure. As it exists...

Jason Bailey: General Assembly should strengthen recovery by approving much-needed relief

The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly will reconvene in early February, and the remaining piece of essential business is agreement on a new state budget. The legislature faces a choice: deploy extra resources to build a bridge to the other side of this crisis, or pursue austerity and leave us facing a slower and more treacherous recovery. Kentucky’s opportunities in this budget are surprising. Given...

Kentucky Youth Advocates to hold Children’s Advocacy Week, virtually, to engage with legislators on critical issues

Hundreds of youth advocates from across Kentucky typically gather in Frankfort for the annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol. This year, with the need to reduce in-person events and because one day is not enough for this important advocacy, we have shifted to Children’s Advocacy WEEK. Advocates, state leaders, youth, and media are invited to participate in a series of virtual events...

State reports 3,795 new cases, 49 deaths — and says 56,000 vaccine doses coming next week; 1C will open

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Friday’s big drop in new cases and deaths in Kentucky due to COVID-19 reversed course on Saturday, with big increases in both categories. There were 3,795 new cases reported to state public health officials on Saturday, almost the same number as on Thursday, bringing the pandemic total to 344,568. Five counties reported over 100 cases. Jefferson had 603, Bullitt 529, Fayette...

Billy Reed: Remembering Hank Aaron who was a baseball superstar and a man of grace, elegance

When it was obvious that Henry Aaron was ready for baseball’s major leagues, he received contract offers from the New York Giants and Milwaukee Braves. He signed with the Braves only because their offer was $50 higher. As Aaron observed years later, “That $50 is all that kept Willie Mays and I from being teammates.” It is difficult to imagine a team with Mays in center field and Aaron in right....

Faulkner’s clutch performance in overtime lifts NKU to 79-74 win at Robert Morris on Saturday night

NKyTribune staff MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Trevon Faulkner scored 11 points in overtime, including a pair of game-clinching free throws with five seconds remaining, as Northern Kentucky rallied from a 17-point deficit to post a 79-74 win at Robert Morris on Saturday night. Faulkner hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring in overtime and went on a personal 9-1 run during the first 4:13 of the extra session...

Legion Logistics moves to a 5,000 sq. ft. office space at Newport on the Levee, poised for growth

Kentucky-based third-party logistics provider Legion Logistics LLC will occupy a 5,000-square-foot, Class A office space at Newport on the Levee, a mixed-use community. Vice President Todd Pease and Executive Vice President Rusty Myers of JLL, a professional services firm, led the transaction on behalf of the landlord, North American Properties. SqFt Commercial’s Jacob Stammen represented...

Governor holds memorial flag ceremony on Capitol grounds to commemorate state’s COVID victims

Gov. Andy Beshear was joined by First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman for a memorial flag ceremony on the Capitol grounds to commemorate the more than 3,300 Kentuckians lost to the coronavirus pandemic. “Every flag you see represents a real Kentuckian, one who was and is loved by their families and friends, who meant something to the communities in which they lived,” Gov....

Kentucky Lottery closes first half of fiscal year on record pace with more than $710 million in sales

The Kentucky Lottery reported Friday that sales for the first half of FY21 (July 2020 through December 2020) were higher than the first six months of any other fiscal year in the company’s history. Overall sales for the period were $710.3 million, which is $169.5 million (31.3%) more than the same period in the previous fiscal year. This was led by a 33.1% jump ($107.5 million) in sales of Scratch-off...

Commonwealth Education Continuum members named ahead of upcoming meeting on Jan. 27

Dozens of state policy leaders are joining next week to kick off the first meeting of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a new effort to help students successfully progress through each level of Kentucky’s education system and into the workforce. The group will meet at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 27 via livestream at https://youtu.be/LNQQEBg5V-Y. The agenda is available at http://cpe.ky.gov/aboutus/meetings. Gov....

Gov. Beshear reports 2,756 cases, 36 deaths and lowest positivity since Jan. 2 — 10.8%

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen to the lowest rate — 10.8% — since Jan. 2. He reported 2,756 cases and 36 deaths on Friday. Kenton County reported 89 cases, Boone 82 and Campbell 54. “Folks, there’s a pretty simple reason why I think our cases are declining, and that’s that I see you all doing the hard work,” said Gov. Beshear. “I...