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Council on Postsecondary Education report shows strong growth in minority degrees and credentials

Even with the turmoil of COVID-19, minority students in Kentucky achieved steady gains in college degrees and credentials last year, and overall, the state remains on pace to meet its educational attainment goals in 2030. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) released those findings – among many others – as part of its annual progress report on colleges and universities in the Commonwealth....

Kentucky tops South Central Region for Economic Development Projects per capita; NKY strong

Though the past year brought no shortage of obstacles for businesses across the globe, private-sector companies continued to announce job-creating projects in the Commonwealth as Team Kentucky works to build a stronger economy for the long-term. As evidence, Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings for 2020 positioned Kentucky atop the South Central region, and third nationally,...

KYTC to hold public meeting on planning for improvements to KY 8 Licking River Bridge

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced that a public meeting will be held as planning for improvements to the KY 8 Licking River Bridge Project continues. A key objective of the meeting is to provide an overview of the project. The meeting will also initiate the Section 106 Consulting Party process, which is a required federal process that must be followed when historic resources...

Kentucky State Police veteran Col. Phillip Burnett Jr. sworn in as agency’s new commissioner

Gov. Andy Beshear appointed Col. Phillip Burnett Jr. as commissioner of the Kentucky State Police (KSP). “I believe in Commissioner Burnett’s ability to lead KSP into the future,” said Gov. Beshear. “He is already working to increase recruitment and create a more diverse workforce, which is crucial to fulfilling our state’s law enforcement duties.” During a ceremony at the Capitol, with...

Contractors to start erecting new ‘No Hazmats’ on Brent Spence signs on interstate highways in NKY

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet contractors will be erecting new signs next week on interstate highways in Northern Kentucky, reminding drivers that trucks containing hazardous materials cannot use the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati, reinforcing a long-standing restriction. 
New or upgraded signage will be posted at 12 locations on I-71/75 northbound, and...

District Judge Ann Ruttle suspended for seven days per agreement with Judicial Conduct Commission

The Judicial Conduct Commission has come to an agreement with Ann Ruttle, District Court Judge for Kentucky’s 16th Judicial Circuit in Kenton County, for a suspension from the bench for seven consecutive days. Judge Ann Ruttle The action comes after an investigation into two complaints against Judge Ruttle in which she required defendants in criminal trials to file written demands for jury trials,...

Dr. Lynne Saddler to leave Northern Kentucky Independent Health Department at end of the year

Dr. Lynne Saddler will step down from her position as leader of the Northern Kentucky Independent Health Department at the end of the year. Dr. Lynne Saddler “I am honored to have been in the service of public health here in Northern Kentucky for the past decade,” Dr. Saddler said. “It has been a pleasure leading such talented and dedicated public health professionals and I appreciate...

Bipartisan effort successful in reopening Northern Kentucky State Medic Examiner’s office

Gov. Andy Beshear, through a bipartisan effort, announced that funding has been appropriated for the Office of the State Medical Examiner (OSME) to reopen its Northern Kentucky office. “This was truly a bipartisan effort, led by Sen. (Chris) McDaniel, and demonstrates the imperative need for such essential services in this region,” said Gov. Beshear. “As your Governor, I recognize that staffing...

GET OUT THE VAX: Regional campaign aims to vaccinate 80% of those eligible by the 4th of July

Regional businesses, community partners and health leaders from both sides of the river are gathering at Smale Riverfront Park today at 10:30 a.m. to launch a region-wide movement to vaccinate 80% of those eligible (age 16+) in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky by the Fourth of July by removing barriers to getting a vaccine. Get Out the Vax weekends will take place during the second and fourth...

Navigation lighting project closes one lane on Clay Wade Bailey Bridge from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until April 9

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 6 Office advises motorists that a navigation lighting project is taking place on various bridges. The bridges are the 4th Street/Veterans Bridge (KY 8), the John A. Roebling Bridge (KY 17), the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge (U.S. 25) and the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (I-471). From now through Thursday, April 9, there will be a single lane closure on the...

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce provides final round-up on legislative actions

The Northern Kentucky Chamber has provided this final legislative round-up, offered in partnership with MML&K Government Solutions: The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly has adjourned and is officially in the books. The legislature may only return this year if called by the Governor into a Special Session. With additional federal funds to be spent and other funding issues potentially unfinished,...

Keeneland busy stakes day is big day for the track — $22.7 million handle third largest single day in history

Godolphin’s undefeated homebred Essential Quality prevailed by a neck after a prolonged stretch duel with Highly Motivated to win the 97th running of the $800,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday afternoon at Keeneland. The Toyota Blue Grass was the final event of the day’s 11-race card, which featured six stakes worth $2.1 million. The Pick 5 handled a record $1,485,090, eclipsing...

Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports projects that may cause delays, lane closures this week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports these projects in the District Six area and warns of possible delays or lane closures: KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY – HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO • Brent Spence Bridge – I-71/75 Southbound/Northbound (191.3 – 191.8 marker) –  A routine maintenance project to clean and paint the Brent Spence Bridge is underway. The project will require...

Commonwealth Hotels acquires two Hyatt hotels west of Chicago, now manages 47 properties

Commonwealth Hotels has acquired the Hyatt House Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville and the Hyatt Place Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville. The neighboring hotels offer guests varying amenities in a comfortable location just 30 miles west of Chicago. The Hyatt House Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville (left) and Hyatt Place Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville (right) provide guests visiting the western Chicago suburbs...

REDI Cincinnati annual meeting recognizes strong 2020, honors Gravity Diagnostics as a growth winner

REDI Cincinnati hosted its seventh annual meeting virtually with more than 200 guests to celebrate the region’s 2020 project wins, present its annual awards, and look at what to expect for the region’s economic development efforts in 2021. David Spaulding, vice president and general manager of Turner Construction, and chairman of REDI Cincinnati’s executive committee and board, opened the meeting...