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NKY NAACP Pres. Jerome Bowles says marches reflect need for hard conversations, systemic change

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter The horrific footage of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a police officer has brought racial unrest in America. A flurry of protests and marches have taken place across the nation and the region. Jerome Bowles The shock and outrage are felt right here in Northern Kentucky, prompting the Northern Kentucky Branch of the NAACP to speak out and...

Public Defenders to ‘March for Black Lives’ today to Campbell, Kenton county courthouses

Public Defenders around the country are marching in remembrance of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the countless others who died because of white supremacy. Public defenders fight every day for the indigent, for the downtrodden, and to give a voice to the voiceless. They are using their voices today to stand up for black lives, and against police brutality and racism. They are marching...

Cincinnati Museum Center, Holocaust & Humanity Center plan July 17 reopening; guest safety top priority

After what will be a four-month closure, Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC) are planning to reopen on July 17. Both museums, which share Union Terminal as a home, have taken extensive measures to ensure guest and staff safety upon reopening. Visits with a dinosaur or tour through HHC’s Humanity Gallery may be a little different, but...

Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees to be recognized June 23 with virtual celebration

On June 23, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative, sponsored by PNC, will recognize its 2020 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky honorees with a virtual celebration, taking place from noon to 1 p.m. The awards – sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare – were established in 1984 by the late Nancy Boothe to honor women who exemplify notable achievement, outstanding service...

Pew Trusts: Trump’s attacks on vote-by-mail may sow doubt on results; ‘work together,’ says Grayson

By Matt Vasilogambros Pew Trusts There is growing concern among election officials and experts that the increasingly partisan debate around voting by mail could sow doubt in the results of the presidential election. For months, President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest opponents to vote by mail, which experts agree is a safe alternative to in-person voting during the novel coronavirus outbreak....

Local public libraries to get free access to Kentucky Virtual Library; CPE partners with KDLA to fund effort

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) announced a partnership Thursday that will provide all state residents with free access to the Kentucky Virtual Library during the upcoming school year. “My administration is education first and this pandemic is demonstrating how we need to further our efforts to provide educational...

Long wait over for retired educator Tim Hanner, donor Alyssa Vanderpool; kidney transplant a success

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor The wait was long and tedious for retired educator Tim Hanner and his kidney donor, teacher Alyssa Vanderpool — but the story came to a happy end this week. On Monday, Alyssa and Tim checked into Christ Hospital Hanner has his life-saving kidney. He’s still at Christ Hospital, out of ICU and in a regular room, and the kidney is working and both he and Alyssa...

Gov. Beshear meets with mother of Breonna Taylor, orders KSP investigation of David McAtee’s death

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on demonstrations in Louisville and the investigations into deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee. “As we move forward, we will be reducing our National Guard presence in Louisville,” the Governor said. “That is a recommendation by our adjutant general that we will be following.” Gov. Beshear talked about the search for justice for Breonna...

Beshear: ‘Unacceptable’ officers had body cameras turned off; Louisville man fatally shot by police

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear didn’t mince words on Monday night after a long day for him that started with an early-morning phone call. “It is unacceptable that the officers who responded did not have body cameras on and recording,” he said during a Monday evening press conference at the Capitol. Beshear was addressing the fatal shooting of a Louisville man early Monday morning...

Kentucky National Guard troops remain in Louisville for second night to provide community support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops remain deployed in Louisville for a second consecutive night on Sunday. Called out on Saturday at the request of Gov. Andy Beshear and the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Guard says they will continue to provide support in and around Louisville to help provide safety and protection to residents and property. More than 400 KNG members...

Newport imposes emergency curfew on residents, visitors, businesses from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.

City of Newport, Ky Curfew Emergency Executive Order # 5/31/2020 Pursuant to the authority of Kentucky Revised Statute and City ordinances 34.15 and 34.16, an emergency curfew is hereby imposed on residents, visitors and businesses located in the City of Newport between the hours of 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. until rescinded by subsequent order. This order shall not apply to health care providers, pharmacies,...

Supreme Court provides updates on how courts will expand services starting June 1

On May 15, the Supreme Court announced the court system’s reopening plan, which provides guidance on how the Judicial Branch will gradually expand court services starting June 1. As a follow-up to the initial order, the Supreme Court released six orders Friday that offer further direction to the courts and the public about court operations on June 1. “As the Judicial Branch carefully expands court...

Kentucky Lottery tickets sales close to last year’s but below budget — strong finish expected for the year

Kentucky Lottery ticket sales have performed close to results from last year. Fiscal year sales to date (July-April) for 2020 are $934.1 million, which is $1.6 million (0.2 percent) greater than for the same period last year. This number is also $57 million (5.8 percent) below what was budgeted. According to the Lottery’s Interim COO Maggie Garrison, strong performers included Scratch-off tickets...

WYWQ*: Turfway Park grandstands, built in 1959, coming down for Churchill Downs’ grand new facility

Staff report Tory McKinley will be a media communications graduate of Asbury University as soon as she completes this internship. She had been assigned to intern at the Summer Olympics, but COVID put a stop to that, so she’s getting a quality internship close to home. Tory lives in Verona with her parents, Donna and Troy, and is a graduate of Ryle High School. She is managing the NKyTribune’s...

St. Elizabeth Healthcare implements new expanded visitor guidelines for all its hospitals

As healthcare services and community begin to reopen in a phased approach, St. Elizabeth has reviewed and updated visitor guidelines that will allow for patients to have visitors in the safest way possible. Effective May 27 at noon, expanded visitor guidelines for all
 St. Elizabeth Healthcare hospitals were implemented. Though visitor restrictions are updated, St. Elizabeth has no intention of...