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Law enforcement honored for seat belt,child restraint enforcement; three NKY officers place highly

 The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) honored law enforcement officers from 120 agencies across the Commonwealth today for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles. The Governor’s Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington. Awards were presented to officers with the most occupant protection citations...

Bevin and Beshear agree to five televised debates across the Commonwealth, including one at NKU

NKyTribune staff Attorney General Andy Beshear has agreed to five separate televised debates with Governor Matt Bevin, spread out across Kentucky. Bevin The debates include two events in Lexington and one each in Louisville and Paducah. Northern Kentucky University will also host a debate Oct. 29, just one week before the election. Televised debates will include:  October 3: Televised debate with...

Man suspected of spree that included robbery of Kimmy’s Korner Grocery shot by police in Cincinnati

NKyTribune staff A man who is suspected of robbing Kimmy’s Korner Grocery in Covington Monday was shot in Cincinnati following another in a string of robberies on both sides of the river. Schneider Cincinnati Police say Robert Schneider, 36, was wanted in connection with four robberies and a possible kidnapping A man, later identified as Schneider, was pulled over in Cincinnati’s Westwood...

Rolling Thunder to remember, lay a wreath honoring Fort Thomas Vietnam War MIA, Captain Joseph Ross

On Saturday, August 3, Rolling Thunder KY 5 will hold a remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony at the POW-MIA memorial, 8028 Veterans Memorial Drive in Florence for Captain Joseph S. Ross USAF
389th Tactical Fighter Squadron – 366th Tactical Fighter Wing – 7th Air Force Capt. Ross is one of the 1588 servicemen that remain missing from the Vietnam War today. Ross was born in January 1943...

Covington Police identify suspect in robbery of Kimmy’s Korner Grocery, other incidents

NKyTribune staff Covington Police have identified the man they believe to be responsible for the Monday robbery of Kimmy’s Korner Grocery. Schneider Police are searching for Robert Schneider, described as a 5-foot-10-inch, 200 pound, white male with brown hair and brown eyes. Schneider is also believed to be involved in multiple incidents in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Schneider is considered...

Unique challenges delay the Roebling Bridge opening; revised date is August 9

The opening of the John A. Roebling Bridge has been pushed back with an updated opening of Aug. 9. At a meeting of the Covington Business Council, Nancy Wood, KYTC District 6 public information officer, holds a chunk of material that fell from the Roebling Bridge. Monday, KYTC officials announced that the opening date for the bridge has been pushed back to Aug. 9 (photo by Mark Hansel) Initially, the...

City of Silver Grove becomes seventh Northern Kentucky river city to join Southbank Partners

The City of Silver Grove has become the seventh Northern Kentucky river city to join Southbank Partners, the community and economic development organization for Northern Kentucky’s river cities. Home to about 1,200 residents, Silver Grove joins the cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Ft. Thomas and Ludlow who work collaboratively to bring infrastructure improvements and economic development...

National briefs: Russian interference, farm bailout package, the wall, reinstatement of death penalty

Russia and election security The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee concluded this week that Russia targeted election systems in all 50 states in the 2016 election, and issued a bipartisan report warning that the U.S. remains vulnerable in 2020. It also made recommendations, many of them redacted for security reasons, for securing our elections. Though the committee found no evidence that...

British adventurer to make stop at DHL on world record-setting attempt flying an open-cockpit gyrocopter

British Serial Adventurer James Ketchell seeks to become the first person ever to circumnavigate 
the earth solo in an open-cockpit gyrocopter. On his way to the record, he’s stopping at the DHL CVG hub on Monday.   As part Ketchell’s U.S. route, in which he will land in over 66 cities. DHL Express is supporting the world record-setting flight along his nearly 23,000-nautical-mile trip...

How the state’s surplus revenues of nearly $200 million is allocated; most goes to pension system

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Most of the 2019 fiscal year surplus of nearly $200 million in the General Fund will go to the ailing state pension system, according to the state budget office.

 Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday the surplus earlier this month for the 2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30, after revenues topped estimates by $194.5 million, exceeding the 2018 fiscal year by more than...

Nick Sandmann’s defamation lawsuit against Washington Post dismissed by Judge Bertelsman

Staff report One of three lawsuits against national news media filed by lawyers for then-Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann has been dismissed by Eastern District Federal Judge William O. Bertelsman. Bertelsman heard oral arguments in Covington earlier this month in the $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post. Lawsuits against CNN and NBC are pending. In all, Sandmann sued for amounts...

Final Newport legs of Riverfront Commons pathway: elevated walkways at Taylor-Southgate Bridge

The final Newport legs of the Riverfront Commons pathway – a pair of elevated pedestrian walkways connecting Riverfront Commons to the Taylor-Southgate Bridge – have been unanimously approved by the Newport City Commission. Commissioners have approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for construction of the pedestrian bridges and have awarded...

Florence Police arrest two suspects from Mason bank robbery following crash on I-75 at Mt. Zion Road

NKyTribune staff Florence Police arrested two men following a crash on Interstate 75 at Mt. Zion Road following a high-speed chase Wednesday evening. One of the men is a suspect in several bank robberies, including one in Mason, Ohio, that same day. According to a release from the Florence Police Department, officers attempted to stop a Dodge Charger Hellcat that was reported stolen from Michigan...

West side of pedestrian walkway of Roebling Bridge closed Friday; full closure needed to install netting

Continued work to install netting on the John A. Roebling Bridge will require closure of the west side pedestrian walkway Friday, July 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Netting is currently being installed on the bridge as part of a temporary measure to safely reopen the structure after several standstone pieces broke away from the towers. With the closure of the west side walkway, no part of the structure...