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Ben Dusing, John Gardner find purpose, fulfillment in humanitarian work in Ukraine, despite the risk

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Back in March, less than three weeks into Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, NKY’s Ben Dusing traveled to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-torn country en masse. He had to spend his time as a suspended lawyer somehow, and having spent a year of his life as a youth in Russia, he knew the language, was committed to the Ukranian...

Thomas More University unveils first named college, St. Elizabeth College of Natural and Health Sciences

Thomas More University officially unveiled its first named college, the St. Elizabeth College of Natural and Health Sciences on Friday. The naming of the college is not transactional in nature, rather intended to recognize the long-standing partnership between the two diocesan institutions. “In naming the St. Elizabeth College of Natural and Health Sciences, we are solidifying the partnership of...

State’s $15 million returned for aluminum mill that didn’t happen; long sought by NKY’s Sen. McDaniel

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Commonwealth has secured the return of Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration’s $15 million investment in an aluminum mill in Northeastern Kentucky that never materialized. The Governor said that the land, which was previously acquired as part of the proposed project, would also be donated back to the local communities to be used for future economic development opportunities...

Incumbent Michelle Keller holds big lead in campaign funds over opponent Joe Fischer in Kentucky Supreme Court race

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter Kentucky Supreme Court Justice incumbent Michelle Keller is outpacing challenger Joe Fischer in campaign funds in their race for a seat on the state’s highest court that has widespread implications. Judicial races are nonpartisan. Fischer, a Republican state representative from Ft. Thomas, reported Wednesday that he has raised $42,770 for the Nov. 8 election and...

Candidate for Kenton County Court judge seeks to disqualify an opponent over residency requirement

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter Ashley McNeese, a candidate for judge in Kenton Family Court’s new 6th division, claims in a lawsuit that one of her opponents in the race, Maria Kathleen Ante, fails to meet residency requirements and should be disqualified from the race that has three other candidates. In a 21-page lawsuit filed late Tuesday in Kenton Circuit Court, McNeese alleges Ante has not...

U.S. Bank in Covington robbed, police seek public’s help in find the robber — picture here

Lt. Col. Justin Wietholter, assistant chief of police of the City of Covington asks the public’s help in identifying the individual pictured here, who is wanted for the robbery of the U.S. Bank at 602 Madison Avenue Monday afternoon. The bank robber (Photo provided by Covington police) At approximately 12:30 p.m., Covington Patrol Units were dispatched to a call for a robbery that had occurred...

University of Kentucky announces 2022 Chellgren Student Fellows, new director; two fellows from NKY

By C. Lynn Hiler University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence has announced the 2022 class of Chellgren Student Fellows and welcomes the new director and endowed chair, Isabel C. Escobar, Ph.D. The Chellgren Center Student Fellows Program aligns with the university’s goal of cultivating undergraduate excellence. By providing experiences that go...

Ken Harper, former state rep., realtor, SOS, veteran, recalls lucky Sunday Waffle House was born in NKY

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter Sunday is a day of rest – sometimes. And for Ken Harper, at 91, well, he remembers one Sunday very, very vividly. “I was in Commercial Realty at the time,” he told the Northern Kentucky Tribune, “I was with Kruempelman Realtors.” Sundays may be an off-day, but not then – and certainly not for Kruempelman. Ken Harper “One member of our staff had to take...

KYTC to conduct routine bridge inspection on I-471 Daniel Carter Beard Bridge; starts Sunday

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 crews will be conducting a routine bridge inspection on the I-471 Daniel Carter Beard Bridge starting on Sunday, Sept. 25. The inspection will end on Friday, Sept. 30. Inspectors will be on the bridge from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. A single southbound lane will be closed throughout the inspection. Motorists should watch for crews and equipment. Motorists can get...

Kentucky leaders warn of tough times ahead for child care access without significant state investment

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and a team of statewide partners including Kentucky Youth Advocates, Metro United Way, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, United Way of Kentucky, Appalachian Early Childhood Network, Learning Grove, 4-C, EC LEARN, and others released their findings today from A Fragile Ecosystem IV: Will Kentucky Child Care Survive When The Dollars Run Out? The survey...

Gas prices fall for 14th consecutive week; Kentucky average now stands at $3.26 per gallon

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today For the 14th consecutive week, the nation’s average gas price has fallen, down five cents from a week ago to $3.65 per gallon as of Tuesday afternoon, according to GasBuddy.com, a website and mobile app that tracks retail fuel prices. It’s the same story in Kentucky, where the average price has dropped to $3.26 per gallon, down seven cents from last week. That’s...

NKU Esports kicks off 2022-23 season with new sponsorship from Covington’s Blair Technologies

(Photo from NKU Esports) When the Northern Kentucky University Varsity Esports team starts its third season this fall, players will be donning new jerseys with a Covington-based IT company logo on them. Blair Technology Group, an internet retailing company that specializes in buying and selling quality pre-owned and refurbished computers and other computer-related products, embarked on a unique partnership...

Kidney patient Byron Wolfe is on dialysis, but through kindness of friends, a kidney donor found

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter It was a real longshot. Last May Byron Wolfe’s kidneys were failing. He needed a donor. He turned to prayer. “I’m a firm believer in The Lord,” said the 69-year-old resident of Villa Hills, who three times-a-week is at the Davita Dialysis Center in Crestview Hills for some three-hour treatments. And he’s also a good friend of Kelly Hansen, lead singer of...

Kentucky gets federal approval for $70million statewide electric vehicle charging network

Gov. Andy Beshear announced recently that Kentucky, having already attracted more than $9 billion of investments from electric vehicle battery makers and automotive suppliers, has received federal approval to develop a nearly $70-million electric vehicle charging network. “Kentucky was already a leader in automotive production and the EV battery production capital of the United States, which is helping...