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Stivers prepares for Southern Legislative Conference in Lexington

06/28/2016 04:27 PM

FRANKFORT — Every year for the past seven decades lawmakers and other experts from the southern states have been gathering to talk legislation and policy initiatives at the state and local level, and this year Lexington, Kentucky will take center stage. From July 9 through July 13 the Southern Legislative Conference will take over part of Lexington as Senate President Robert Stivers, who is the SLC chair, rolls out the red carpet for attendees. Stivers, R-Manchester, sat down with... Read more 

Kelley Paul predicts Rand's re-election to U.S. Senate; looks back at presidential bid

06/24/2016 04:03 PM

UNION – Kelley Paul, wife of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, is looking ahead to her husband getting re-elected this November, but says that she still has some good memories about his failed presidential bid. Paul was in northern Kentucky on Friday speaking to members of the Boone and Kenton County Republican Women’s Club in Union and promoting her new book, True and Constant Friends. Paul notes the most memorable moment for her during the presidential campaign was watching her husband take part... Read more 

Addiction specialist says the sooner opiate addiction is treated as a disease, the sooner the state can gain ground in the battle against heroin

06/23/2016 03:27 PM

FLORENCE – As heroin and opiate overdoses and deaths continue to increase, especially in northern Kentucky, Dr. Mike Kalfas, who treats over 300 addicts in his family practice, says the sooner everyone understands that addiction needs to be treated as a disease, the sooner communities will make progress in battling the problem. one of things that frustrates doctors and keeps many of them from treating addicts is the fact that there is no easy fix and the sometimes painstaking process takes... Read more 

Grant County needle exchange program aims to prevent spread of disease related to drug use

06/22/2016 09:46 AM

WILLIAMSTOWN – It’s been three months since the inception of a needle exchange program operated by the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District in Williamstown was launched, and department officials are already proclaiming the operation a success. Under the program, addicts bring in their dirty needles to the Grant County office on Wednesday’s between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00, as well as other days and times by appointment, and receive clean ones in an attempt to eliminate the sharing of needles... Read more 

Scott Jennings named emcee of 136th annual Fancy Farm political speaking

06/16/2016 04:03 PM

Scott Jennings, a Republican political operative and public relations professional, will emcee this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church, event organizers announced on Thursday. Jennings, founding partner of RunSwitch PR who served as an aide to ex-President George W. Bush and a top advisor on multiple campaigns, follows Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones as emcee of the annual speaking event on Aug. 6. “I am very excited and honored to serve as emcee for an... Read more 

Connecting the dots: How an FBI analyst turned state senator sees the Orlando mass shooting

06/14/2016 09:06 PM

FRANKFORT — The Federal Bureau of Investigations knew of the Orlando homegrown extremist who killed 49 people, and wounded 53 others well before Sunday’s mass shooting. FBI Director James Comey told reporters on Monday that the gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando had previously been on a terrorist watchlist from 2013 to 2014, but the agency was not able to collect enough evidence to charge him. On Tuesday, state Sen. Max Wise,... Read more 

Kentucky politicians react to worst mass shooting in U.S. history

06/13/2016 03:46 PM

UPDATED: On Sunday morning a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a popular Orlando, Florida gay nightclub killing 49 people and wounding 53 others in the worst mass shooting in American history. As details are still emerging police believe the 29-year old shooter, who was shot and killed by police at the scene, is a homegrown terrorist who has pledged allegiance to terror group ISIS. Since news of the attack on the nightclub was announced politicians took to social... Read more 

Muhammad Ali remembered for compassion and fearlessness during three-hour memorial

06/10/2016 09:11 PM

LOUISVILLE — It was a ceremony fit for a titan among men, and one that will never be forgotten. A who’s who of spiritual leaders, dignitaries, athletes and actors joined more than 10,000 in honoring the life of the man simply known as “The Greatest” for more than three hours at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center on Friday. Muhammad Ali’s memorial service was delayed by an hour as his funeral procession crawled through the city, but for those who witnessed the overwhelming... Read more 

Ft. Thomas Police Heroin Interdiction Team looks to take drug induced drivers off the highways

06/08/2016 06:24 PM

FORT THOMAS – The growing problem of heroin addicts driving while under the influence has propelled the Ft. Thomas Police Department to launch a Heroin Intervention Team to step up patrols on highways that are frequented by users. The teams consists of three officers which patrol stretches of I-471 which pass through the city as well a small stretch of I-275 after it crosses the Ohio River. The team is looking for erratic behavior behind the wheel which could be a... Read more 

Reaching at-risk kids during the summer months

06/07/2016 03:17 PM

COVINGTON – For many inner city youth summer can be a very challenging time as some kids, who are home by themselves with no organized activity to keep them busy, wind up getting involved in potentially criminal activity that threatens their safety and in some cases their future. With that in mind the Housing Authority of Covington has a couple of summer programs in place to keep youngsters busy during the summer months and give them experiences that can potentially pay... Read more 

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