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Campbell County judge-executive candidates disagree on tolls for new bridge

04/22/2014 07:14 PM

WILDER — In some primaries, it’s hard to find differences between candidates on major issues. The May 20 race for Campbell County judge-executive is not one of those. Incumbent Steve Pendery and challenger Kevin Sell offered voters Tuesday different approaches to making progress on a new bridge to carry interstate traffic across the Ohio River, as well as different philosophies toward economic development competition. The two candidates debated Monday in Wilder in the first of three Northern Kentucky Judge-Executive debates... Read more 

Northern Kentucky leaders now want jail expansion to include treating heroin addicts

04/21/2014 06:28 PM

The judge-executives of Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties are looking to take advantage of their captive audiences in their jails by offering a heroin recovery program for inmates. Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery is studying ways to incorporate drug treatment as part of a planned 108-bed addition to the Campbell County Detention Center that’s due to be completed in early 2015. In addition, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus are working with Pendery to see how... Read more 

Heroin recovery advocates livid over legislature's inability to pass Senate Bill 5

04/18/2014 01:17 PM

ALEXANDRIA – The failure of the passing of Senate Bill 5 by the General Assembly before the clock ran out is being described by heroin rehabilitation advocates in Northern Kentucky as an epic failure. During a meeting in Campbell County Thursday night, many who are involved in heroin treatments predicted that a delay in passing the bill will result in more deaths and heartache throughout the commonwealth — and specifically in Northern Kentucky, which has been the most affected area... Read more 

Former NKU athletic director pleads guilty to stealing $311,215

04/17/2014 05:49 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director, Scott Eaton, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Campbell Circuit Court to stealing more than $300,000 from the university over six years. The 50-year-old Eaton has agreed to serve the maximum term of 10 years in prison, and repay $311,215 in restitution. NKU fired Eaton in March 2013 for inappropriate relationships with four female employees and an NKU student. After the dismissal, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns commissioned an audit of NKU athletic department finances and... Read more 

Northern Kentucky state Senate candidates disagree over absentee ballot lawsuit

04/09/2014 06:55 PM

Deb Sheldon, a Republican candidate for Kentucky State Senate, is challenging the constitutionality of a new law that keeps secret the list of people who request absentee ballots, but her two GOP primary opponents say that’s a mistake. Wil Schroder and Brandon Voelker told Pure Politics they think the 2013 law is necessary to protect privacy of voters. The three are vying for the Republican nomination for the 24th state Senate seat currently held by Senate President Pro Tem... Read more 

Boone County school board poised to oppose teachers bringing guns to class

03/10/2014 10:43 AM

FLORENCE – A proposal to address school safety by arming teachers in Boone County classrooms has received much more concern and opposition from the district’s teachers and board of education members than support. The plan, proposed by Boone Co. constable Fred Kalil, would permit teachers, who volunteer to do so, to receive training and bring guns into their classrooms to potentially protect students in the event of a school shooting situation. The Boone County Board of Education is expected to take up... Read more 

Northern Kentucky Chamber backs public-private partnership plan with tolls for new bridge

02/28/2014 06:27 PM

FORT MITCHELL – The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to support a public-private partnership — which would include tolls — to move forward in building a new companion to the Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River. The $2.6 billion dollar project has been talked about for at least 13 years, but how to pay for it has been a sticking point as many citizens and Northern Kentucky legislators are on record as opposing any... Read more 

Lawmakers' choice: Libraries and health departments or the agencies that collect taxes for them

02/26/2014 09:23 AM

In one of the more challenging budget puzzles lawmakers will face this year, a provision in Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposal could force legislators to choose between libraries and health departments or county Public Valuation Administrators that collect the taxes to fund those institutions. PVAs assess property values and send out property tax bills. Revenue from property taxes not only go back to the state coffers but to local school districts, library districts, public health departments and other special taxing districts.... Read more 

Program cuts pull the rug out from families struggling to care for relatives' kids

02/18/2014 01:28 PM

Starting last April, grandparents or aunts and uncles who suddenly found themselves guardians of children would no longer get help through a state program that covered daycare costs so they could work. The cuts didn’t affect those already enrolled in the program but any new families who sought daycare help after April 1. But grandparents Jeanne Miller Jacobs and her husband John — who recently got custody of their three grandchildren — are among those who are having to make... Read more 

With lax oversight, Covington is 'lucky' former finance director didn't steal more than $793K, auditor says

02/13/2014 02:56 PM

COVINGTON – Former Covington finance director Robert Due had a clear path to steal the city’s money unnoticed, which he did to the tune of $793,000 between 2001 and last August, according to an audit released Thursday by State Auditor Adam Edelen. Due, who was fired in August, had “unfettered access to millions of taxpayer dollars without a single person looking over his shoulder for well over a decade,” Edelen said. Edelen conducted a five-month investigation at the request of Kenton... Read more 


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