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General Fund receipts in December increase by $1,258,755,431, second-highest monthly total ever

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Friday that December’s General Fund receipts reflected the second-highest monthly total ever, $1,258,755,431, a 16.1 percent increase compared to December of last year. Total revenues rose by $174.4 million over last December, with increases in all the major taxes: individual income, sales, business and property taxes. December is one of the three largest...

Republican lawmakers off and running on top priorities, fast-tracking 10 bills

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Armed with veto-proof power, Republican lawmakers were off and running on their top priorities Thursday. The third full day of the legislative session saw 10 bills – five in each chamber – being fast-tracked before Gov. Andy Beshear could give his State of the Commonwealth address later in the evening. There may still be smoke in the room after a lightning-fast...

Events at Capitol: Mitch McConnell’s remarks to Senate before/after mob; Gov. Beshear’s remarks

A civics lesson U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks yesterday regarding the Electoral College certification of vote in presidential election. In the joint convening of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate before the Capitol was overtaken by a pro-Trump mob: “We are debating a step that has never been taken in American history: Whether Congress should overrule...

National gas price average holds steady for 12 days; Kentucky price drops 3 cents from last week

The new year has started, but the national gas price average remains unchanged, holding steady at $2.25 for the last 12 days. Meanwhile, after climbing over a dime during the past couple of weeks, the average gas price in Kentucky began edging back downward, although the average price has been stable the last couple of days. Pump price stability at the start of the year is credited to consistent crude...

Kentucky’s Thomas Massie is one of seven conservatives who won’t object to electoral votes

Staff report Kentucky’s Rep. Thomas Massie is one of seven conservative House Republicans who said they would not join an estimated 100 GOP colleages in challenging the results of the presidential electionn In a letter signed by the seven legislators, they said, “. . .only the states have the authority to appoint electors, in accordance with state law. . .Congress has only a narrow role...

If you haven’t had your flu shot, now is the time to get it; co-infection with COVID could be deadly

By Nadia Ramiagan Public News Service The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s likely flu viruses will complicate the coronavirus outbreak this winter and recommends getting a flu vaccine. 

Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, but it can last as late as May. Dr. Dale Toney, president of the Kentucky Medical Association, said hospitals already struggling...

Breonna’s Law prohibiting no-knock warrants to be introduced in legislature; other states support it

By Nadia Ramiagan Public News Service After the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police, some states have moved to ban no-knock search warrants, and Kentucky could soon do the same.

 Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed Breonna’s Law into effect. Pennsylvania and Tennessee are considering similar moves. Florida and Oregon have already banned no-knock search warrants. 

Keturah...

U.S. House, Senate override Trump’s veto of Defense Authorization Act; McConnell cites Ky. benefits

Both the House and Senate have voted to override the President’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. It marks the 60th consecutive year Congress has passed the defense policy bill. Senator Mitch McConnell secured critical provisions in the legislation for Kentucky’s service members, military installations, and defense programs. “The Senate has continued...

Kentucky looks to cap challenging football season with Gator Bowl victory over N.C. State on Saturday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky As the college football bowl season progresses, there have been teams opting out and others that have been forced to cancel their appearances due to COVID-19 restrictions. Kentucky does not fall into either of those categories. In fact, UK head coach Mark Stoops has his entire team ready to go. “We’re 100 percent clear at this point,” Stoops said....

SD1 begins Lakeview Force Main partial replacement project to address asset renewal, increase capacity

Sanitation District No. 1 plans to replace and upgrade a deteriorating force main in Lakeside Park, addressing critical asset renewal needs, increasing sewer capacity and cutting future sewer overflow mitigation costs. The $1,507,588 project will begin construction in January and continue through September 2021. Lakeview Force Main serves the Lakeview Pump Station, the largest pump station in SD1’s...

High school football players who emerged as team leaders among winners of Top 26 Awards

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Two running backs who emerged as their team’s offensive leader this season are among the local players chosen for the annual Top 26 Awards by the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association. The 2020 season got off to a late start due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Braxton Newborn of Ludlow and Joey Runyon of Newport Central Catholic more than doubled...

Nominations open until Feb. 5 for Chamber’s Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky awards

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the 2021 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards, sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The awards honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community, and the qualities of personal integrity, perseverance,...

COVID claims 21 Kentuckians as 1,509 cases reported; some counties move out of red zone

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There were 21 more COVID-19 related deaths reported in Kentucky on Sunday, along with 1,509 new cases. 

 However, both numbers are lower than a week ago, when there were 26 deaths and 1,765 new cases, which could be an indication of flattening the curve, or even the start of a decline. Kentucky has now seen 257,063 positive cases since the start of the pandemic, while...

Trump signs ‘bipartisan rescue package,’ provides relief payments, averts government shutdown

Staff report National news outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump has signed the $900 billion ‘pandemic relief’ bill, ending his refusal to accept it and delivering relief to businesses and individuals who are suffering during the pandemic. The bill was delivered to him at Mar-a-Lago where he is vacationing. The bill also includes $1.4 trillion to fund government agencies through...

State shows little progress in latest health rankings; we get less exercise, diabetes has increased

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky again ranks near the bottom in two big health measures: 48th for health behaviors and 46th for health outcomes, according to the America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation. Most of the reasons are familiar, such as a high percentage of Kentuckians with more than one chronic condition — such as diabetes, which has become...