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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...

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...

Lexington student, son of immigrants, wins national ‘Doodle for Google’ contest, ‘I am strong because . . .’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A high school student from Lexington has won the 2021 national “Doodle for Google” contest, and his artwork will be featured on Google’s homepage on today. 
Milo Golding, an 11th-grader at Lexington Christian Academy, won the award for his response to the theme, “I am strong because…” 
His Doodle, titled “Finding Hope,” features a teenager giving a balloon...

B-Line announces four new stops on NKY bourbon tour in celebration of National Bourbon Day

In conjunction with National Bourbon Day and the recovery of travel to the tristate post-pandemic, The B-Line has announced the addition of four new stops to the impressive collection of establishments comprising Northern Kentucky’s bourbon experience. “Beyond the five senses, history is a huge part of the Kentucky bourbon experience,” said Julie Kirkpatrick, President & CEO at meetNKY...

Celebration of Dr. Floyd Poore’s life to be held at Triple Crown Pavilion on June 18; he died in January

Floyd G. Poore, 83, a long-time family physician and public servant who served in state govenrment, passed away peacefully on January 26 at St.Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood. Now, his family is holding a reception to celebrate his life on June 18, 4-8 p.m. at the Triple Crown Country Club Pavilion, 10644 Triple Crown Blvd. in Union. Chambers and Grubbs Funeral home in Florence is assisting the family. Dr....

Cases dealing with Beshear’s executive action during pandemic on docket as KY Supreme Court convenes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two cases involving Gov. Andy Beshear’s powers to issue executive orders during an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic will be heard by the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday morning. After Beshear issued numerous executive orders during the pandemic covering everything from allowing refills of non-narcotic prescriptions, to mandating the wearing of masks and limiting...

Emergency street repair at Covington’s 7th and Philadelphia intersection to affect parking, traffic

Emergency repair of a broken storm sewer lateral at the intersection of Seventh and Philadelphia streets in Covington will affect parking and through traffic in the area, but how big of an impact – and how long it lasts – is not yet known. Markings show utility lines under the intersection of 7th and Philadelphia where broken storm sewer line in undercutting the road surface. (Photo provided) “It’s...

Three new police recruits are sworn in for the Covington Police Department by Mayor Joe Meyer

Three more recruits raised their right hands and formally took the oath of office this morning, one of many steps toward becoming patrol officers for the Covington Police Department. After Mayor Joe Meyer swore in the officers in the Commission chambers at City Hall, Assistant Chief Brian Valenti presented badges to Ryan Brown, Nicholas Hancock, and Cody Monson and called attention to the four words...

Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame to feature record number of inductees during June ceremony

A record number of eight athletes, administrators and sponsors will be inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame June 16 at the Villa Hills Civic Club. Tom Gamble Joe Brennan, president of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame made the announcement. Tom Gamble, founder and CEO of In-Game Sports, former Cincinnati Post sportswriter and a member of the Hall, will be the guest speaker. The...

District 6 Road Report: Update of all current construction projects in NKY

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 the following conditions and/or operations for highways in NKY. Motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects. KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO • Brent Spence Bridge – I-71/75 Southbound/Northbound (191.3 – 191.8 mile-marker) –  A routine maintenance project to clean and paint...

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption to celebrate dedication and blessing of new facade Sunday

A historic event 113 years in the making will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington Sunday as Bishop Roger Foys will bless and dedicate the Cathedral Basilica’s newly completed façade. The event is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and will be held outside with the portion of Covington’s Madison Ave. in front of the Cathedral Basilica (between 11th and 12th Streets) closed...

Supreme Court Chief Justice Minton tells legislative committee this ‘was most challenging year’ ever

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “The past 14 months have been the most challenging in the history of the modern court system,” Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., told a legislative panel on Thursday. 
“I can think of no other event in my lifetime that has created a more prolonged disruption of the courts than the COVID-19 pandemic,” he testified before members of the Interim...

Amazon hiring has begun — looking to fill 2000 new full-time jobs with good wage and hiring bonus

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky More than 2000 new, full-time jobs are coming to Amazon’s new Amazon Air hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – and hiring has begun. Jobs At Amazon Air Employees for the state-of-the-art facility join more than 18,000 full- and part-time Amazon employees already working across the state of Kentucky. Employees at the new site will receive...

Duke Energy files regulatory review request for natural gas distributions rates in Northern Kentucky

Following significant investments to make Northern Kentucky’s natural gas distribution system more reliable and resilient for customers, Duke Energy Kentucky filed a request with its state regulator, the Kentucky Public Service Commission, to review the company’s natural gas rates. These investments include the installation of new infrastructure, including natural gas pipelines, retiring and replacing...