A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

State’s Overdose Fatality Report has no good news for NKY; Kenton has most fatalities per capita

Illicit fentanyl, a powerful and unpredictable opioid, has inflicted another harrowing year on the Commonwealth, claiming more lives than ever before even though deaths from heroin alone have declined. According to a report released today by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, fatal overdoses totaled 1,565 in 2017, an 11.5 percent increase over the previous year. Among those cases, toxicology...

Honoring Sgt. Charles Fleek, Medal of Honor recipient, by renaming a section of KY 20 on Aug. 17

Forty-nine years, two months and 20 days after Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Charles ‘Chalkie’ Fleek was killed in Vietnam, the Boone County native will be honored in his hometown of Petersburg. Sgt. Charles Fleek, Boone County’s only Medal of Honor recipient A section of Kentucky Route 20 in Petersburg will be dedicated the Sgt. Charles ‘Chalkie’ Fleek Memorial Highway...

The Christ Hospital files notice of appeal of CON decision that blocks Drawbridge surgery center

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Christ Hospital has filed notice to appeal a decision that blocked its plans to build an ambulatory surgical center (ASC) in Fort Mitchell. The decision by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate reversed a ruling in favor of a Certificate of Need (CON) request for the ASC at the site that was formerly home to the Drawbridge Inn. Wingate reversed the...

Boone County’s Ballyshannon Middle School, its sixth, to open in fall to more than 500 students

Boone County’s sixth Middle School, Ballyshannon, will open in the fall to more than 500 students. The 110,521-square-foot facility is at 2805 Longbranch Road in Union. It features open, collaborative spaces, an outdoor learning lab, and an amphitheater. The schools will help reduce overcrowding in the third largest district in the state. Redistricting for the school involved students from Gray,...

DREAMGIRLS coming to Carnegie, kicking off the season, with Motown and plenty of drama

The Carnegie is kicking off its 2018-19 Theatre season with flashy costumes, Motown music, and plenty of drama. The Tony Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS will open Aug. 11 and run weekends through Aug. 26. Based on the stories of real-life music icons, The Supremes, James Brown, and others, DREAMGIRLS offers a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry of the 1960s as it tells the story of R&B...

Unemployment rises slightly in state in June to 4.2 percent but is lower than last year at same time

Unemployment rose slightly in Kentucky in June but remains well below the level of a year ago. 
Figures released by the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet this week showed a preliminary jobless rate of 4.2 percent last month, which is up 0.1 percent from May but remains 0.9 percentage points lower than the 5.1 percent recorded for the state in June 2017. 
“After falling to a low of 4...

Dayton, Ohio, man who made false bomb threat to CVG sentenced to four months in prison

Kentucky Today An Ohio man who made a false bomb threat to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport was sentenced to four months in prison Thursday. 
Dana Carter, 40, of Dayton, admitted to investigators, on Oct. 22, 2016 he made a series of phone calls to the airport to falsely report a bomb on an outbound flight to Dallas, Texas.  The flight was cancelled and passengers were rebooked. ...

West, central Kentucky to see potentially severe weather today and tomorrow; threat to NKY slight

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A potentially significant severe weather outbreak is possible on today for central and west Kentucky, especially during the late afternoon and evening hours.   Ted Funk, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Louisville, says there are two time periods they are watching.  The first is during the morning hours of Friday, with scattered thunderstorms,...

Kentucky State Police ask for your help to win national contest for ‘Best Looking Cruiser’

Kentucky State Police is competing with state law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S in the American Association of State Troopers (AAST) “2019 Best Looking Cruiser Contest.” The winning photo will be featured on the cover and premier January position of the association’s 2019 wall calendar. KSP’s photo features one of its newest Dodge Charger cruisers in front of the state capitol building...

Newport-based Neighborhood Foundations celebrates grand opening of Highland Village

Local leaders and residents today celebrated the grand opening of Highland Village, a $22 million premier luxury living community that marks the return of senior housing to Highland Heights. The fully-leased, three-story, 118-unit housing development sits on 7.4 acres at 515 Main Ave. It was developed by the Newport-based Neighborhood Foundations for residents 55 years and older. There are currently...

CVG once again named lowest fare airport in region by U.S. Dept. of Transportation — fares down by $215

The U.S. Department of Transportation released its average airfare ranking report for first quarter 2018. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is once again the lowest fare airport in the region. Below is a summary of the results related to CVG:   ·  CVG average fare ranked #73 compared to #35 in 1Q 2017, an improvement of 38 positions. ·  CVG average fare of $328 decreased...

Mobile syringe access exchange program begins next week in NKY, open house in Covington Thursday

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) hosted an open house for its mobile syringe exchange unit Tuesday at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Urgent Care Newport/Ft. Thomas on Grand Avenue in Newport. The NKY Health mobile syringe access exchange program begins in Campbell County and Kenton County next week. The Kentucky Fire Commission has provide...

Kentucky Lottery exceeds a billion dollars again for the fiscal year; transfers $262.8 million to state

For the second year in a row, sales of Kentucky Lottery tickets have exceeded a billion dollars in a single fiscal year.   For FY18 which ended June 30, overall lottery sales were $1,042,512,000. This is the largest sales figure in Kentucky Lottery history and is a $42 million (4.2%) jump over last year’s record-breaking number.   Scratch-off tickets once again were the largest individual game...

CVG and Losant build an innovative solution to enhance your travel experience

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) partnered with Losant, a local enterprise IoT platform, to build an innovative solution to continue to enhance and streamline the travel experience. Large-screen monitors are now placed above the passenger train doors displaying real-time data and wayfinding information on where the train is located and which direction it is going. Passenger...

NKyTribune gives 5 sets of tickets to area winners for Beatles vs. Rolling Stones show at Madison Theater

Winners of the NKyTribune’s drawing for two tickets to the production Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown are Connie Arlinghaus of Ft. Mitchell, Debby Shipp of Dry Ridge, Faye Massey of Covington, Mackey McNeill of Independence and Angela Ginty of Cincinnati. Abbey Road Tribute Band (provided photo). The tickets are on their way to the winners. The show is Thursday at the Madison Theater in...