About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work.

Slow Road Ahead: How state road projects are struggling to keep pace with the growing Northern Ky. region

07/31/2014 08:30 PM

For years Northern Kentucky lawmakers have said their region is being shortchanged in state transportation funding, but an analysis of the funding shows the dollars being dolled out have held fairly close to their population — the problem is that the region is growing faster than projects can be completed. The population in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties is bursting at the seams and the already overrun highways are taxed with many more cars than they were designed for. Even though there... Read more 

Hospitals struggle with increasing number of "non-emergency" ER visits due to Medicaid expansion

07/30/2014 09:41 PM

CYNTHIANA — The emergency rooms of Kentucky’s hospitals are facing a crisis of too many patients, but not because of an increase in illnesses, like the rest of the nation Kentucky saw an increase in non-emergency visits because more individuals have health insurance coverage. In Kentucky, more than 330,000 people became Medicaid eligible when the state expanded the program on January 1. The expansion covers residents earning up to 138% of the federal poverty rate which is $15,856. The problem is... Read more 

78th District House race pits experience against new ideas in re-crafted district

07/29/2014 09:53 AM

Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, could be in for a strenuous re-election challenge. The district has changed through redistricting and is now comprised of Pendelton, Harrison and part of Scott Counties and McKee is facing a tough opponent in Falmouth Mayor Mark Hart, who also is a firefighter and paramedic. McKee has served the district for 17-years, and feels good about the new portion of the district in Eastern Scott County where his son is a high school football coach. Hart... Read more 

Political newcomers battle to replace Sen. Katie Stine in 24th District Senate race

07/28/2014 08:46 AM

Two political newcomers are battling for the right to represent the 24th Senate District and take on the resurgence of heroin which has deeply effected the northern Kentucky area. In May Republican Wil Schroder III, the assistant commonwealth attorney in Campbell County, won a three-way primary in Campbell, Pendleton and Braken counties in his bid to succeed longtime Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate. Schroder faces Democrat Jason Michael Steffen, who did not have a Democratic primary opponent, for the seat in... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul tells N. Ky chamber U.S. will have to wait on repatriation tax breaks

07/25/2014 03:31 PM

COVINGTON – U.S. Senator Rand Paul told members of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Friday that he is hopeful that legislation which would lower the tax on foreign corporate profits for U. S. corporations might have chance of passing, just not right now. The bill would allow companies like Apple to bring profits back to the United States at reduced tax rate. A similar tax holiday was enacted in 2004. Paul, who was speaking at the chamber’s government... Read more 

Lawmakers express caution over future of expanded Medicaid program

07/24/2014 05:39 PM

While Medicaid expansion in Kentucky as part of the Affordable Care Act is looked at by some as a success story around the country, state lawmakers were a bit more reserved in praising the expansion at the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue meeting on Thursday. Lawrence Kissner, Commissioner of the Department of Medicaid Services told committee members that an independent study by the University of Louisville’s Urban Institute found that expanding Medicaid has been beneficial for the state in... Read more 

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International airport looks to reinvent after loss of Delta hub

07/11/2014 04:41 PM

HEBRON – The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has seen two thirds of its passenger flights disappear over the past nine years due to airline company mergers and deregulation. For years, Delta operated a major hub out of CVG which brought in over 600 flights a day which brought millions of passengers passing through the airport annually as well as thousands of jobs to the Northern Kentucky area. Many companies located to the region because of the number of non-stop Delta... Read more 

Clark Co. promotes positive future for newborns with program aimed at parents

06/27/2014 05:52 PM

WINCHESTER – Kentucky officials are using a healthcare program to focus on the very youngest in the state in an effort to promote better outcomes and save money in the long run. For parents around the state who are expecting a new baby or in some cases, already have an infant, the Health Access Nurturing Development Services program, also known as HANDS, offers help to families as they build healthy and safe environments for the development of their children. The... Read more 

Sufferers of medical conditions argue legalizing medical cannabis would improve quality of life

06/18/2014 04:02 PM

The benefits of passing legislation to permit the legal use of medical marijuana in Kentucky would outweigh the challenges, according to a group of Kentuckians asking lawmakers for help Wednesday. Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Several testified before the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare Wednesday, trying to gain support for Kentucky to be the 23rd state to allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes with the argument that it would... Read more 

Former Erlanger city councilman first to announce run for Ky. secretary of state in 2015

06/11/2014 10:15 AM

ERLANGER – A former Erlanger city councilman, Steve Knipper, has become the first to announce his candidacy in next spring’s Republican primary for secretary of state. Knipper, who served one term on Erlanger City Council from 2010 to 2012, is a project manager for Catholic Health Initiatives — known now as Kentucky One — the largest health provider in Kentucky. “I spoke with a number of elected officials and business leaders in Kentucky before making my decision,” Knipper said in... Read more