A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Floridians displaced by Hurricane Michael still have no place to go; 4000 in Bay County homeless

Public News Service PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Today is the deadline for many displaced Panama City residents living in tents behind Forest Park Methodist Church to leave, by an order from the city. And one observer says that will leave them to fend for themselves.  

The city didn’t allow tent camping, but made exceptions for workers and others after Hurricane Michael. The church initially...

Significant winter storm hits state (primarily in south and southeastern parts of state) is quick-hitter

Kentucky’s first potential significant winter storm of the season will affect primarily the southern and southeastern parts of the state this weekend. 
Joe Sullivan with the National Weather Service office in Louisville said the system will enter the state near Hopkinsville on Saturday night. 
“The bulk of the precipitation will be falling between midnight and noon on Sunday,” he said. “We’re...

Grand jury to consider murder charge against Burlington man in the death of Arizona woman

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A grand jury will decide if a Burlington man will stand trial for murder in the killing of a woman found dead in a Florence hotel room Dec. 1. Friday, District Court Judge Jeffrey Smith determined there was probable cause for the grand jury to consider an indictment against Jesse A. James in the death of Amanda D. Webster, of Cameron, Arizona. Jesse James is...

Duke Energy deploying more than 1000 from Ohio, KY and Indiana for restoration efforts in Carolinas

Duke Energy is deploying over 1,000 employees and contract workers from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help with prospective restoration efforts from the Carolinas ice and snow storm. Duke Energy crews will be gathering at the Eastgate Mall Parking area off SR 32 in Eastgate. The contract crews are being dispatched directly from their locations. Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky crews will leave the area...

Katie Meyer steps down as executive director of Renaissance Covington to pursue other interests

Katie Meyer, Executive Director of Renaissance Covington, announced today that after nine years of service to the organization she is resigning to pursue new opportunities.  Meyer Meyer is a fifth-generation Covingtonian, graduate of Covington Latin, the University of Kentucky and The New School in New York. She worked the Kentucky Housing Corporation before bringing her urban policy and neighborhood...

TANK comes to rescue after Handivan’s abrupt closure, picking up service for low-income seniors

The Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD) received a call on that Handivan would cease providing transportation service for a critical program for low-income seniors managed by NKADD on November 30. NKADD immediately contacted TANK for support. Recognizing the importance of continuing services for these seniors in need, TANK staff quickly worked with NKADD to begin providing these...

Income disparity: Many programs address problem, but solutions take the will of whole community

Second of two parts By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter In spite of a booming economy and a headline-worthy unemployment rate, many across Northern Kentucky are still left struggling, which is why we’ve delved into the issue of income inequality to take a closer look at why poverty prevails, and what’s being done to solve it. In Northern Kentucky alone, they’re several agencies working to provide...

Income disparity: Unemployment rates are low, but NKY has some of lowest income rates in the state

First of two parts By Hannah Carter NKyTribune reporter “I had my daughter at 16. Even though she changed my life for the better, it was a struggle. I lost friends, fought battles, was judged by many, but one thing I knew, I didn’t want to become another statistic.” That is a part of Mia’s story. The Northern Kentucky University student is a resident of the Brighton Center’s Northern Kentucky...

Addition of $42 million to block grant will help KY families with young children, child care providers

Families with young children and child care providers will benefit from federal funding and new state regulations that became effective Dec. 1. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Child Care (DCC), part of the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), recently received an additional $42 million from a block grant. It will use the funds to assist more families with...

People in News: Square 1 board members; Mando, Defense Lawyer of Year; Kist to Heritage Bank

SQUARE1 has added three new board members, reflecting its enhanced services to startups throughout the region. Startups can now benefit from SQUARE1 services from the time they come up with an idea to validating the idea, development of the product, growth, and innovating each step of the way. Innovation projects have included not only startups but ongoing regional organizations, for- and non-profit,...

Burlington man arrested, charged with murder, in killing of Arizona woman at Florence hotel

NKyTribune staff A Burlington man has been charged with murder in the death of an Arizona woman killed Saturday morning. James Florence Police say Jesse James, 32, admitted to killing Amanda D. Webster, 26, after he was arrested at the Rave Cinemas on Mall Road in Florence for giving false identifying information and theft of identity. Webster, of Cameron, Arizona, was found deceased in a hotel room...

It’s Winter Weather Awareness Week, so heed these tips to be prepared, regardless of what comes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee have designated Dec. 1–7 as Winter Weather Awareness Week.  
Snow, ice and freezing rain often blanket much of the Commonwealth, causing widespread traffic problems, power outages, and school and business closings. 
Michael Dossett, the Kentucky Emergency Management...

Children’s Home of N. Ky. Behavioral Health gets first-in-state certification in The Sanctuary Model

Nearly four years ago, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky Behavioral Health began pursuing certification in The Sanctuary Model, an internationally recognized approach to providing trauma-responsive care. This week, the behavioral health services organization learned it has successfully achieved its certification, becoming Kentucky’s first agency certified in The Sanctuary Model. This recognition...

Volunteers needed to review foster care cases in 41 counties, including Campbell, Kenton and Grant

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 41 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care.  The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

Tri-ED’s NKY Entrepreneurship Council gets KY Innovation RISE grant for $750k for innovation cluster

NKyTribune staff *This story has been updated Early this summer, Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) led the creation of the NKY Entrepreneurship Council (NKYEC), a new collaborative of private sector leaders who have been working in different aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation for many years. Northern Kentucky business leaders, elected officials and stakeholders...