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KY residents affected by national Salmonella outbreak, public advised to discard pre-cut melons

The Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that 16 Kentuckians have tested positive with a strain of Salmonella Carrau that has been linked by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pre-cut melon including cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew. DPH is advising that the public should discard any pre-cut melon or fruit salads that contain pre-cut melon. Caito Foods from Indianapolis,...

Governor signs into law ban on use of tobacco in all Kentucky public schools and events, effective July 1

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law to ban the use of tobacco products in all Kentucky public schools and events, a policy that has taken several years to pass. It will take effect July 1, 2020. Kim Moser “It’s not only going to help kids become less addicted in the future and improve overall health, but I think it will actually improve the light...

Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 25 law enforcement officers from Class 500

Twenty-five law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated Thursday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 500 completed 20 weeks of training, which consisted of 800 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid, CPR,...

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd Annual Bourbon Barrel Ball coming up April 27

Linking savory Kentucky spirits with tasty nostalgic music has become a tradition — and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd Annual Bourbon Barrel Ball delivers. The KSO’s event is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the New Riff West Newport warehouses, tasting and bottling facilities. The KSO’s party with a purpose marks the orchestra’s 25th fundraiser, supporting its annual free education...

Newport Aquarium’s new Freshwater Falls exhibit lets visitors see what lies below the surface

A new exhibit is now open to the public at Newport Aquarium. Freshwater Falls lets guests take a peek at what lies below the rippling surface of cascading streams and waterfalls around the world The exhibit includes several species never before seen at Newport Aquarium including a pair of eastern hellbenders, large aquatic salamanders who breathe through pores in their skin. The new exhibit is in dedication...

David Dooley formally sentenced to 43 years in 2012 Mockbee killing; still faces child porn charges

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor David Dooley was formally sentenced Thursday in the May 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee. A Boone County jury found Dooley, 45, guilty of murder and tampering with physical evidence in March and recommended a sentence of 43 years in prison. David Dooley looks to his wife and mother after he is formally sentenced to 43 years for murder and tampering with physical...

Leadership Kentucky, celebrating 35th anniversary, names members of Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019

Leadership Kentucky, currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is proud to announce the members of the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019. The Elevate Kentucky program offers young professionals in-depth personal and professional development while fostering a better understanding of challenges facing our Commonwealth.   “Elevate Kentucky is a great opportunity for young leaders to network across...

Briefs: First Lady at Republican women’s event; Last Call Trivia competition; Falcon presents ‘Baskerville’

The Boone County Republican Women’s Club in conjunction with the Kenton County Republican Women’s Club is hosting a luncheon with First Lady Glenna Bevin and Dawn Alvarado as they speak about their efforts to improve the foster and adoption process in Kentucky.  First Lady Glenna Bevin The clubs helped to engage the community last year when House Bill 1 was making its way through the legislature,...

Governor vetoes public pension pension bill, plans to call for special session to address the issue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday vetoed a public pension bill approved on the final day of the 2019 General Assembly and vowed to call a special session to address the issue. During the 11 p.m. hour on the last day of the session, lawmakers passed public pension legislation that would have affected the regional public universities, as well as quasi-governmental agencies, such...

$1B RECLAIM Act gains momentum, is reintroduced in U.S. Congress at coal communities’ urging

After years of groundwork by coal-impacted communities and a positive hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee in March, the bipartisan RECLAIM Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House Tuesday. Rogers The RECLAIM Act would invest $1 billion in projects that clean up abandoned coal mines and waters polluted by them, and catalyzes community development projects on reclaimed sites. The re-introduction...

Photo op all season with Mr. Redlegs; team puts sculpture benches at two spots in Covington

Want your picture taken with Mr. Redlegs? The Cincinnati Reds mascot is currently sitting on benches at the Devou Park Overlook and on Riverside Drive, and he will be there throughout the Reds’ 2019 season. (Yes, that’s two places at once, but like Santa Claus he can be anywhere and everywhere he wants to be at the same time, and in fact he will soon be sitting at 25 locations throughout...

The latest Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 update on projects in Northern Kentucky

Spring is here and that means highway construction season is gearing up again. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 would like the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported in Northern Kentucky.   Remember – You can get Northern Kentucky road construction updates here.  Follow KYTC District 6 on its Facebook page  or on Twitter. Motorists...

Petersburg man killed in rollover accident on Burlington Pike Sunday evening

NKyTribune staff A Petersburg man was killed in an accident on Burlington Pike at Botts Lane in Burlington at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Donald W. Attebery, 48, of Petersburg was traveling westbound on Burlington Pike (KY 18) when his vehicle overturned. The accident caused the roadway to be shut down for more than three hours. The Boone County Sheriff’s office released the following statement regarding...

KY Farm Bureau Marketbasket survey shows slight increase in food prices to start 2019

The most recent Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Marketbasket Survey indicates a slight increase to the overall cost of food to start off 2019. The Marketbasket Survey is taken four times per year at the end of each quarter to monitor overall and categorical trends in food prices across the Commonwealth. The survey gathers the prices of 40 basic food items throughout the state and then averages the numbers...

Elsmere man dead following motorcycle-truck collision on Turfway Road in Florence Saturday night

NKyTribune staff An Elsmere man died in a Saturday night accident involving the motorcycle he was riding and a pickup truck on Turfway Road in Florence. Florence Police say George T. Russ was pronounced dead after being transported to St. Elizabeth, Florence. Russ did not have life insurance and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family with funeral expenses. Florence Police released the...