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Wedding hearing date is Monday to determine eligibility to run in House District 67 Special Election

NKyTribune staff A hearing to determine the eligibility of Kentucky House District 67 candidate Mary Jo Wedding will take place Monday, Feb. 10, at the Campbell County Courthouse. James P. Coles, a voter in Kentucky House District 67, filed a legal action, claiming Wedding does not live in the district. Wedding If the challenge is successful, Wedding would be ineligible to be recognized as a candidate...

German Shepherd K-9, Asco, to be honored by Erlanger City Council as he retires from service

Asco, a German Shepherd K-9 who recently retired after six-plus years with the Erlanger Police Department, will be honored with a proclamation tonight by the Erlanger City Council. Asco Asco began working with Lt. Chad Girdler in September 2013 and since then he has been responsible for 157 arrests and over 500 deployments. “Asco is more than just a partner,” said Lt. Girdler. “I have spent more...

Kenton County Detention Center inmate convicted of repeatedly stabbing another with shank

A Kenton County jury has found Hiram Martinez Hernandez guilty of Second Degree Assault for stabbing another inmate repeatedly with a shank crafted from a piece of a mop. The same jury recommended that Hernandez serve 7 1/2 years in prison. Formal final sentencing will be in March before Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe. Hernandez On July 24, 2019, Kenton County Detention Center inmate Trevor Scott...

Devou Good Foundation, Health Department team up for Slow Streets Project — and there’s a contest

A local foundation aims to make Northern Kentucky a safer place for all road users. Through their Vision Zero NKY taskforce, Devou Good Foundation is sponsoring a contest where qualifying neighborhood groups can win up to $50,000 in funding for the installation of street-calming materials. Vision Zero NKY’s Slow Streets program asks residential neighborhoods to nominate themselves for traffic-calming...

This Week in Frankfort: A wrap-up of what went on — from governor’s budget to issues moving forward

By Robert Weber Legislative Research Commission The biggest issue of the General Assembly’s 2020 session came to the forefront this week as lawmakers received a state budget proposal from Gov. Andy Beshear. Now that the proposal is in legislators’ hands, members of budget subcommittees are digging into the two-year spending plan to fully understand how it would impact state finances, programs,...

Kentucky FIRST LEGO League state championship Saturday at Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University will once again host the Kentucky FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state championship on Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Nearly 500 students from across the Commonwealth will meet in NKU’s Regents Hall to find out if they have what it takes to build the best LEGO-built robot in the state. The joint event includes both the Junior State Expo for ages 6 to 9 and the Kentucky’s...

Billy Reed, legendary Kentucky sportswriter and journalist, joins NKyTribune team as sports columnist

Legendary sportswriter Billy Reed is joining the NKyTribune’s strong stable of experienced journalists as a weekly columnist writing on all things sports. Reed reported for the Louisville Courier Journal and for Sports Illustrated for many years, covering 15 sports and earning the cover spot on SI 12 times. “The NKyTribune and KyForward welcome Billy Reed to our team,” said Judy...

HUFF Realty, non-profit Urban Community Developers to transform Mainstrasse properties

HUFF Realty has partnered with non-profit Urban Community Developers, Inc. (UCDI) to build new market-rate, for-sale homes on vacant lots in Covington’s historic Mainstrasse Village. HUFF agents Rebecca Weber, Joy Amann and Shawn Masters are the exclusive agents to market the single-family homes. “As a Northern Kentucky-based business, HUFF has deep roots in and around Covington. For that...

Beshear unveils ‘Education First’ budget ending 14 years of cuts; funds health, pensions, social workers

Gov. Andy Beshear outlined his first budget to lawmakers on Tuesday prioritizing education, health care and protecting our children, underlining his belief that a budget is a statement of values. “It is a budget that not only ends years of painful cuts, it also makes a major investment in public education, fully funds expanded Medicaid, makes a historic investment in protecting our children, directs...

Newport tables decision on turning Thornton Street into one-way road; further study, discussion required

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter If Newport residents speak, their words will definitely be heard by the city’s administration. That was evident during Monday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting when a pair of Newport residents voiced their concerns about the plan to turn Thornton Street from a two-way road into a one-way westerly street. Newport officials sent out notices about the potential...

Nathaniel Jones, retired federal judge and civil rights icon, died Sunday at his home in East Walnut Hills

Staff report Nathaniel Jones, a retired federal judge and civil rights icon, died Sunday morning of congestive heart failure at his home in East Walnut Hills. He was 93. Judge Jones lived in Cincinnati and distinguished himself as a lawyer, judge, public servant and community-engaged citizen throughout his stellar career. He was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1979 until...

CovCath bus headed home from Right to Life rally hit head-on by wrong-way driver on AA

The Archdiocese of Covington said in a news release that a bus carrying Covington Catholic High School students and chaperones back from the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., was involved in a crash on AA Highway in Campbell County. The charter bus collided with a car Saturday morning around 7:20 a.m. The car’s driver was killed, according to police, and has not been identified. Two...

Nominations open for 25th Governor’s Service Awards honoring Kentuckians who serve others

If you know an extraordinary Kentuckian or group who works diligently to improve the lives of others, now is the time to nominate them for one of the 2020 Governor’s Service Awards. To honor individuals and groups and highlight the impact of volunteerism and service, Serve Kentucky, an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is now accepting nominations for the awards. “Kentucky...

KY Lottery President Tom Delacenserie, 72, plans to retire March 6; sales up dramatically on his watch

Lottery President and CEO Tom Delacenserie has announced his retirement effective March 6. Delacenserie, who turns 72 years old this year, assumed the top job in May 2017. Sales from FY17 through FY19 rose from $1,000,501,000 to $1,129,655,000, a $129.1 million (12.9%) increase during his tenure. “We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount in the last two and a half years,” Delacenserie said. “We...

Smuggled mitten crabs intercepted at customs port in Erlanger; they are a threat to native habitats

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Port of Cincinnati, located near the airport in Erlanger, have intercepted 51 shipments of invasive mitten crabs over the past four months. 
The shipments, which totaled 3,700 crustaceans weighing about 3,400 pounds, originated in China and Hong Kong and were destined for residences and businesses in several...