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AAA: Thinking about a vacation? It’s time — and it will require careful planning for safety and fun

Everyone is anxious for a break — and the U.S. Travel Association says this is the time many of you are starting to plan your anticipated vacations. This takes on a whole new meaning this year, given the number of Americans anxious to get going again ― and the many COVID-19-related guidelines and restrictions that make planning ahead more important than ever. A new order by the Centers for...

Local author M.K. Hancock’s debut novel, The Witch’s Spiral, inspired by Stephen King

By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Local author and freelance writer M.K. Hancock was inspired by Stephen King’s It so much that she crafted her own horror novel, The Witch’s Spiral. Hancock’s debut novel features 31-year-old Rachel Ogden who has recurring nightmares but can never seem to remember them when she wakes up. Rachel’s life has many mysteries that she’s never been able to solve—like...

In wake of Supreme Court historical racing decision, Keeneland closes facilities until legislature acts

The Kentucky Supreme Court’s unanimous decision not to reconsider its September ruling on historic horse racing machine has resulted in the “temporary” closing of Keeneland and Red Mile facilities. Keeneland issued the following statement: “We were disappointed the Kentucky Supreme Court denied our petition for rehearing. At this time, Keeneland and Red Mile have made the very difficult...

Newport on Levee announces Trade, opening this summer in the reimagined Gallery Building

North American Properties (NAP), the local real estate firm behind the redevelopment of mixed-use destination Newport on the Levee, announces the vision for Trade™, the latest signature experience coming to the development. Opening this summer in the reimagined Gallery Building, Trade™ will be a permanent, revolving retail market at the Levee featuring up to 12 concepts from local vendors....

Anonymous Boone County man cashed in with $200,000 scratch-off ticket sold in Florence

A Boone County man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has cashed in big after winning $200,000 on a Kentucky Lottery $200,000 Cash scratch-off ticket.   He stopped at the Speedway on US 42 in Florence last week to get gas when he bought the $10 ticket out of the vending machine.  Rather than scratching off the ticket, he simply scratched off the barcode and scanned it to see if it was a winner.    “I...

Former legislator Addia Wuchner named executive director of Kentucky Right to Life Association

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A former state lawmaker from Northern Kentucky has been named as the new executive director of the Kentucky Right to Life Association. 
Addia Wuchner, a Louisville native, served in the House of Representatives, where she represented Boone County from 2005 until 2019. During that time, she became the first woman chair the House Standing Committee on Health and Family Services....

Richard Tofel: Seeking ‘significant possibilities,’ ending ‘uncivil war’ two themes from Biden speech

It’s become a ProPublica tradition for our president, Richard Tofel, who wrote a book on President Kennedy’s inaugural address, to offer an instant analysis of such speeches. Here are his thoughts on Joe Biden’s inauguration. If President Joe Biden’s inaugural address was drafted more than two weeks ago, it was certainly rewritten after the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. Biden’s setting...

Kentucky County Clerks Association retains Frost Brown Todd’s CivicPoint to work with legislature

The Kentucky County Clerks Association (KCCA) has retained CivicPoint, a subsidiary of Frost Brown Todd LLC, to represent the Association during the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly. Trey Grayson Former Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who acts as CivicPoint Managing Director, will be the primary point of contact for legislators and will be assisted by his colleagues, former Republican Party of Kentucky...

ANALYSIS: Some ideas for countering the Big Lie about the presidential election (a clue: Biden won)

By Al Cross Director and Professor UK Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues I wrote recently that journalists, including those in rural areas friendly to President Trump, have an obligation to counter his big lie of election fraud that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Now Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and American Press Institute Executive Director...

Anticipated armed protests don’t materialize at well-guarded state Capitol; KY man arrested for U.S. riots

After ramping up for a major protests at the state Capitol Sunday, few protestors showed up and they were peaceful. Frankfort State Journal photo The FBI sent warnings to all states to be prepared for protests at every Capitol. The National Guard was called to Frankfort in addition to Kentucky State Police and Frankfort police. A few people wandered in — some with rifles and handguns —...

FBI warns of hostile gatherings at state capitals; Beshear shuts down Capitol grounds on Sunday

The FBI has warned every state governor about the potential for demonstrations at state capitals across the nation, in the wake of violence at the nation’s Capitol and the coming inauguration of President-Elect Joseph Biden. Gov. Andy Beshear has announced heightened security measures around the Kentucky State Capitol grounds in Frankfort and, in interviews on national TV, has decried the violence...

St. Elizabeth, HealthPoint, NKY Health Dept. to start Phase 1B (teachers and 70+) today, by appointment

Kentucky is moving into the Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination stage which includes people aged 70 years or older and K-12 school personnel. St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the Northern Kentucky Health Department and HealthPoint Family Care have announced they will start today vaccinating Phase 1B individuals who live and/or work in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties. Phase 1B individuals who are 70...

Trump impeached by House, 232-197; McConnell says Senate trial can’t be set before inauguration

Staff report Ten Republicans in the U.S. House sided with Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump 232-197 for inciting the storming of the Capitol on January 6. The violent breach of the Capitol resulted in terrorism of its occupants, terrific damage to the historical building, and the death of five people, including Capitol police who were defending against the invasion. Mitch McConnell The rioting...

Gov. Beshear reports 3,053 new COVID cases, 22 deaths and explains unemployment relief payment

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more than 3,053 new COVID cases and 22 deaths and shared more details on the state’s unemployment one-time relief payment program. Gov. Beshear “This is the fourth-highest Tuesday, it’s higher than the last couple weeks, so we’re trying to determine where these numbers are going,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are sure that this is a surge caused by gatherings through...