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Grace period ending for expired drivers licenses and motor vehicle registrations

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The grace period for expired drivers licenses and motor vehicle registrations, issued due to the coronavirus pandemic, is coming to an end, Gov. Andy Beshear announced. 
A previously issued official order temporarily granted a 90-day extension for select driver and motor vehicle documentation which expired while local and state government issuance offices were closed due...

Beshear appoints new task force to guide and advance ‘America’s AgriTech’ capital in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed members of a new task force that will guide the administration in building America’s AgriTech capital in Kentucky. “AgriTech is the future of agriculture, and Kentucky is uniquely positioned to embrace and deliver on it,” the Governor said. “Being the global leader in the AgriTech industry not only will make Kentucky’s farms more productive and efficient, but...

Top state officials praise primary election success in the pandemic; future of mail-in voting undetermined

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Top Kentucky officials of both parties are saying the recent primary election, which was perhaps the most unusual in Kentucky history due to changes made because of the coronavirus outbreak, was a success. 
“This election, during the midst of a pandemic, had the second-highest voter turnout for a primary, in our history,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. 
According to figures...

Democrat Karen Berg wins special election to replace state GOP Sen. Ernie Harris, who held seat 25 years

Staff report In the big surprise of the primary election was a special election in a State Senate race to fill a vacant seat left by the resignation of longtime GOP Sen. Ernie Harris. Harris retired in April after holding the seat in suburban Louisville for 25 years. Dr. Karen Berg Democrat Karen Berg won the seat, defeating Republican Bill Ferko by 14 points and flipping the Republican seat to Democratic....

‘Unofficial’ primary election results: Trump, Biden; McConnell, McGrath; Massie, Owensby

With almost all precincts reporting statewide, Donald J. Trump has won Kentucky Republican primary for president and Joseph Biden has won the Democratic primary. Trump took 87% of the Republican vote and Biden took 70% of the Democratic vote in a field of ten candidates. In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Mitch McConnell took 83% of the vote in a seven-candidate Republican field and Amy McGrath prevailed...

Storms to carry severe weather, flood risks across large swath of U.S.

By Renee Duff AccuWeather meteorologist You don’t have to be directly struck by lightning. There are other ways you can get hit, which is why you should never underestimate a thunderstorm. A stagnant weather pattern has set up across the central and eastern United States, sparking daily rounds of showers and heavy thunderstorms into the start of July. The stormy conditions will not only bring hazards...

Kentucky State Police release name of Hebron man killed in officer-involved shooting this weekend

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky State Police at the Dry Ridge Post on Monday released the name of a man who died during an officer-involved shooting in Northern Kentucky over the weekend. The KSP says they were contacted by Boone County 911 just after 4:30 a.m. on Saturday stemming from an incident that had occurred in the 1800 block of Petersburg Road in Hebron. Michael T. Pelley According to...

UFCW Union calls for action in protecting health, lives of frontline workers as COVID-19 cases increase

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million workers – including more than 25,100 Kentucky workers in grocery stores, meatpacking plants and other essential businesses across the state, called on Gov. Andy Beshear for action to protect workers and consumers. UFCW announced that among its members, 238 frontline workers have died and nearly 29,000...

140th Fancy Farm will just be picnic on Aug. 1 — no political speeches this year; more details coming

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Fancy Farm’s annual picnic is still a go for August, but without the political speeches, organizers said this week on social media. 
Rev. Darrell Venters of St. Jerome Catholic Church posted on the Fancy Farm Facebook page about the 140th picnic on Aug. 1. He said there will not be any political speeches, WPSD and the Mayfield Messenger reported. Fancy Farm last year...

Kentucky State Police called in to investigate officer-involved shooting by Boone County Sheriff deputy

The Kentucky State Police, Post 6 in Dry Ridge, was contacted by Boone County 911 just after 4:30 a.m. Saturday about an officer-involved shooting. The incident occurred around the 1800 block of Petersburg Road in Hebron. The preliminary investigation indicates Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies had several encounters with a male suspect who eluded them multiple times. Deputies received information...

Route 9 near Newport/Wilder border now open; landslide in May caused shutdown of highway

NKyTribune staff Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials announced Friday that Route 9 near the Newport/Wilder border has reopened. Route 9 near the Newport/Wilder border is now open to traffic. (KTC photo) The right northbound lane will remain closed for additional cleanup. Heavy rains last month resulted in a landslide near that location. It marked the second time in less than a year the four-lane...

Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, KCTCS partner to train leaders from all 16 community colleges

The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) have partnered to train Workforce Solutions leaders from all 16 colleges across the state in the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Academy. This is the second statewide TPM Academy for Kentucky following an inaugural class of 40 community leaders selected and trained in 2018. “The partnership between...

Renowned heart specialist, Dr. Mario Castillo-Sang, joins St. E’s cardiovascular center of excellence

Cardiothoracic surgeon Mario Castillo-Sang, MD, has joined St. Elizabeth Healthcare, bringing to the Northern Kentucky community leading expertise in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant surgery for advanced heart failure. After completing a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in...

Roebling Capital Partners launches new lower-middle-market private equity fund based in Ft. Wright

Roebling Capital Partners (RCP) has announced its formation and launch of a new lower-middle-market private equity fund based in Ft. Wright. The partnership is founded, operated and invested-in by seasoned veterans with considerable business ownership, direct investing, private equity, investment banking and operational expertise. The day-to-day operations will be managed by: Keith Carlson-Keith Carlson,...

Bellevue, Covington among eight communities awarded funding for historic preservation, planning

The Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC), an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has distributed $93,501 in matching grants to eight designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for 10 projects that will benefit local preservation and planning goals. KHC serves as the state historic preservation office. Made possible by annual funding from the National Park Service, KHC has...