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Influx of new funding makes for ‘transformational’ $168 million budget for the City of Covington

Continued work to develop 23 vacant acres downtown. A permanent building for the Covington Farmers Market. Work to address slippage on the Licking River levee. Recruiting help for the police and fire departments. Progress toward the first stand-alone home for City operations in 120 years. Protecting neighborhoods from blight and dilapidated buildings. Affordable housing initiatives. Thanks to an influx...

KYTC District 6 road report: Projects underway in NKY this week; welcome back to reality after holiday

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 reports on projects underway for highways in the region this week — and advises motorists to be aware of closings and delays. DISTRICT-WIDE • Striping operations are in District 6 – Crews will be in Bracken, Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton Counties. Various routes are scheduled for re-striping. They will move to other counties as work progresses....

AG Cameron files motions with state Supreme Court to end abortions, after Court of Appeals denied

Attorney General Daniel Cameron is now asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to reinstate Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act and Heartbeat Law and end abortions in the state. Cameron asked the Court of Appeals to reinstate the laws. The court denied the motion on Saturday and Cameron said he would immediately ask the Supreme Court to take action. Daniel Cameron Cameron filed a Writ of Mandamus and...

AAA: Update on gas prices shows demand a bit lower and some relief at the pump; KY down 11 cents

Since Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has decreased by 5 cents to $4.84. Due to the delayed release of the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report on gasoline supply and demand last week, the federal agency released two weeks of data Wednesday that showed gasoline demand decreased each week. Gas demand currently sits at 8.93 million barrels a day, which is...

New Democrat survey shows Kentuckians oppose an ‘extreme’ ban on abortions; Beshear remains popular

The Democratic Governors Association announced this week that Kentuckians in a recent public opinion survey overwhelmingly oppose a complete ban on abortion access. The survey found that 62% of Kentuckians oppose an extreme ban that even denies abortion access in cases of rape or incest, while a mere 14% support making abortion illegal in all cases. This year voters in Kentucky will consider a constitutional...

Customs officials intercept shipments of illegal drugs at Port of Louisville — and the work never stops

Since May 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Louisville have stopped 407 pounds of drugs heading to Australia and New Zealand as they travel through express consignment facilities in the U.S. Photos provided y U.S. Customs The narcotics are being shipped from various locations. Some are stateside addresses while other shipments are originating from Canada, Spain, Brazil,...

Circuit court judge temporarily restores access to abortions in KY; injunction hearing set for July 6

This story has been updated. By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   A state judge granted a request Thursday from three abortion rights advocates to restore access to abortions in Kentucky. Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry temporarily suspended the state’s 2019 “trigger” law that banned abortions in the state immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday said there is no federal constitutional...

CDC moves to expand monkeypox testing capacity in effort to head off spread; one case reported in KY

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky still is reporting just one probable case of monkeypox as of Wednesday afternoon, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun shipping monkeypox tests to five commercial laboratory companies to quickly increase monkeypox testing capacity nationwide. As of Tuesday afternoon, the CDC said 306 monkeypox cases were reported in 27 states and the District...

Special judge in Campbell County voids primary election of incumbent commissioner Brian Painter

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter A special judge in Campbell Circuit Court has voided the primary election of longtime incumbent Commissioner Brian Painter of Alexandria for campaign violations.
 If the ruling stands, Painter’s name on the Nov. 8 general election ballot will be removed and replaced with Painter’s opponent, David Fischer, a Fort Thomas businessman and vice chair of the Campbell...

Cincinnati Children’s plans first-of-its-kind facility featuring primary care, subspecialty clinics in Union

Cincinnati Children’s plans to construct a multimillion-dollar medical building featuring a large primary care practice in Union. Important complements to primary care will also be located at the new facility, including integrated behavioral health counselors and a lab to speed test results. Cincinnati Children’s will also leverage the new location to improve access to specialty care, which will...

No. 13 prospect Robert Dillingham picks Cats; Lyon County’s Travis Perry receives scholarship offer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky picked up a commitment on the recruiting trail when Robert Dillingham chose the Wildcats on Friday night. Dillingham, the No. 13 overall prospect in the Class of 2023, is a point guard and a five-star recruit and chose Kentucky over Auburn, Louisville, and USC. “If you put in the work at Kentucky and coach (John Calipari) thinks you are good enough to make...

Augusta Distillery breaks ground on $23million Bracken County operating, creating 14 full-time jobs

Gov. Andy Beshear joined officials in Bracken County and leaders from Augusta Distillery LLC to break ground on a new $23 million distillery this week that will create at least 14 full-time jobs for Kentuckians. “I want to thank Augusta Distillery’s leadership for this commitment in Northeastern Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “The commonwealth’s signature bourbon industry continues to grow,...

‘Trigger law’ means most abortions end in Kentucky with Supreme Court Decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

By Jack Brammer NKyTribune reporter   As the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade Friday, eliminating a constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years, abortion is now over in Kentucky as well, except when a mother’s life is in danger, thanks to a “trigger law’ put in place by the legislature in 2019. Kentucky is one of eight states that now ban abortions in most cases; others...

New report shows rural voters rely on vote-by-mail, early voting, including 72% of rural Kentucky voters

Voters in rural areas across the country heavily rely on alternative ways to vote, including voting by mail and in-person early voting, and newly proposed state legislation would restrict their ability to cast a ballot, according to a new report by the nonpartisan election policy group Secure Democracy USA. The report, The Forgotten Voters: How Current Threats to Voting Hurt Rural Americans, found...

Gravity Diagnositcs COVID-19 testing sites closing June 29; nearly 4m tests done to protect public health

Gravity Diagnostics COVID-19 testing sites provided reliable and fast COVID-19 testing to the public so there was accessible testing when they needed it the most. Gravity Diagnostics site at Florence Mall. Throughout the pandemic, Gravity has processed close to 4 million COVID-19 samples and made a huge impact on public health within our communities. The last two Northern Kentucky COVID-19 testing...