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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 

24 years, 3 parties and a caucus of one later, Leeper leaves his legislative legacy

04/13/2014 07:06 PM

While the word unique is often carelessly thrown around, it is the perfect adjective to describe state Sen. Bob Leeper and his 24-year tenure in the General Assembly. Leeper was first elected as a Democrat in 1990, then switched to be a Republican in 1999, giving Republicans an extra seat of breathing room as they took control of the state Senate for the first time. Later, amid a disagreement with Republican leadership, Leeper switched his registration to be an independent.... Read more 

In Crenshaw's retirement, legislature is losing a 'bulldog' who fought for Lexington and disadvantaged

04/10/2014 10:31 AM

Rep. Jesse Crenshaw’s colleagues in the House describe him as tenacious when pushing for his priorities. His fellow Lexington Democrats call him a tenacious campaigner. And all them agreed he has been a tenacious advocate for people who don’t always have a voice in Frankfort. See a trend? Crenshaw is retiring at the end of this year after representing the 77th state House District since 1993. Fayette County Democrats honored Crenshaw Tuesday night at the party’s dinner. Bob Layton, the... Read more 

Former federal prosector turned NKU president looking at ways to help students face 21st century challenges

03/25/2014 10:38 AM

Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns says his experience as a prosecutor on a high-profile case translated into his desire to serve others through education. Mearns spent the first 15 years of his working life as an attorney which led him to be a federal prosecutor and enabled him to work on prosecuting Terry Nichols for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. Mearns prosecuting skills came in handy seven months into his tenure when a scandal rocked... Read more 

Proper projects or just plain pork? Philosophical fight looms over coal severance tax spending

03/21/2014 12:27 AM

Before the 2014 session even began, Republican Senate President Robert Stivers issued a wish, or perhaps a warning, about spending coal severance tax money in some of the poorest counties in the state. “The House — both Democrats and Republicans — need to be more disciplined in the way they use severance tax. No more flag poles. No more trophy cases and things of that nature that have limited seasonal use,” he said in a Dec. 18 interview with Pure... Read more 

As Northern Kentucky seeks more options to help heroin addicts, not all treatment is created equal

03/17/2014 06:21 PM

The experts in what many heroin addicts need to kick the drug’s hold are the families of those who have struggled with opiate addictions, including the families of those who lost their battles. So it’s people like Carol Wagner of Fort Mitchell, who have taken it upon themselves to not only educate Northern Kentucky students about the dangers of heroin and the disease of addiction, but also to help guide and advise addicts and their families. She and her husband... Read more 

Majorities' rules: Inside this session's procedural wars and how the House minority is using them

03/17/2014 04:59 PM

While the General Assembly hasn’t flooded the governor’s desk with a ton of bills to sign into law so far, lawmakers have at least maximized the drama in many of the debates and have given Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure a workout. House Republicans have pressed Democrats on a number of issues, seeking to force procedural votes on key issues that could be used in the election. That happened during the budget debate last week on procedural votes on amendments... Read more 

Beshear's November trade mission to Dubai cost taxpayers nearly $37,000

03/14/2014 02:49 PM

When the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce launched a trade mission in November to strengthen Kentucky’s relationship with Dubai, business leaders brought with them Gov. Steve Beshear, his wife Jane, and other state officials, costing the taxpayers nearly $37,000. The state covered the expenses of the state officials and the governor’s security detail to fly to the United Arab Emirates and stay at a five-star hotel in one of the most opulent cities in the world. A two-trooper security detail... 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 

Hal Heiner and K.C. Crosbie ticket: What it brings and its potential effect on the 2015 field

03/03/2014 02:08 PM

And they’re off. Louisville developer Hal Heiner and former Lexington Councilwoman K.C. Crosbie will be the first 2015 gubernatorial ticket out of the gate on Tuesday when they make their announcement in Lexington. Heiner, the 62-year-old former Louisville councilman who narrowly lost the 2010 race for that city’s mayor, has been looking at making a run for governor since last summer. And in Crosbie, he has found a fellow former urban county official between 2007 and 2012. But Crosbie, 44,... Read more 


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