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State receives $105m share of tobacco settlement agreement funds from cigarette manufacturers

Attorney General Russell Coleman has announced that Kentucky has received $105,477,754.14 for this year’s Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) payment. The Commonwealth has received $2.7 billion from the nationwide agreement with cigarette manufacturers since 1998. “As someone who spent his teenage years working in Logan County tobacco patches, this is a reminder of the enduring importance...

CVG celebrates Epic Flight Academy and new $8 million aircraft mechanic school

Just one month after FEAM Aero opened its second aircraft maintenance hangar on the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s (CVG) campus, Epic Flight Academy opened its 32,000-square-foot, $8 million aircraft mechanic school also on airport property. CVG CEO Candace McGraw welcomed Epic Flight Academy. (Photo provided) The opening of the new school was celebrated with a ribbon cutting...

Northern Kentucky Education Council honors ‘Excellence in Education’ at its annual awards

The Northern Kentucky Education Council will present its annual “Excellence in Education” celebration Tuesday evening at Receptions Event Center in Erlanger. This celebration is the largest and most prestigious in the region, recognizing teachers, students, administrators, staff, businesses, and individuals who contribute to excellent schools. This year’s honorees are: Career and...

Supt. Jay Brewer retiring from Dayton Schools, ‘leaving it better’ and turning page to a new adventure

By Patricia Scheyer NKyTribune reporter Jay Brewer is no stranger to challenges. In fact, a challenge was what he thought accepting the Superintendent of Dayton Schools position 12 years ago would be. Jay Brewer (Photo provided) That was because the school district ranked 171 in the state. Since there are only 173 districts in the entire state, Brewer knew a lot of work would be required to hoist the...

ORSANCO’s Foundation for Ohio River Education offers ‘Life Below the Waterline’ mobile aquarium

Celebrate Earth Day this year up close and personal with Ohio River fish. ORSANCO’s Foundation for Ohio River Education (FORE) is featuring its Life Below the Waterline mobile freshwater aquarium at the Miami Parks Hug the Earth Festival located at Lost Creek Reserve in Troy, Ohio, today from noon-5 p.m. Five other opportunities to visit the mobile aquarium are scheduled through fall. Life Below...

Prichard Committee achieves 79 percent of Big Bold Ask goal driving ‘Big Bold Future’ for education in KY

As the 2024 legislative session closes in Kentucky, the Prichard Committee announced that the Big Bold Ask achieved 79% of its mission, adding $812 million annually in education funding. In 2019, the Prichard Committee unveiled a six-year plan, also known as the Big Bold Ask, to add more than $1 billion to the state’s education budget in strategic areas where the investment would have the greatest...

Diocese of Covington to explore possible affiliation between Covington Latin School, Thomas More

The Diocese of Covington has announced the intent to explore an affiliation between Covington Latin School and Thomas More University. Under the plans for affiliation, Covington Latin School would become part of the University. Plans are underway to strategically align academic, financial, technological, and human resources. “This is an exciting time,” said Bishop John Iffert of the Diocese of...

BE NKY Growth Partnership releases new analysis of Northern Kentucky’s Competitiveness

Findings from a national consultant, with input from the region’s business leaders, indicate that Northern Kentucky is competitive but needs to address risks and challenges with new strategies to maintain this competitiveness. BE NKY Growth Partnership on Tuesday released “Navigating Change & Charting a Course to a More Competitive Northern Kentucky,” an assessment by Economic Leadership...

Union doctor one of two sentenced to federal prison for role in healthcare fraud scheme

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The owner and the medical director of the Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief in Florence have been sentenced to federal prison after being convicted for their roles in a scheme that defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance companies of over $4 million for medically unnecessary urine drug testing. The Kentucky Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and...

Road report: KYTC District 6 reports on work being done this week; be aware of delays, closings

KYTC District 6 gives a heads-up on the road projects to expect this week, though inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances may occur, so the information below is strictly of an advisory nature and is subject to change with no notice. I-275 DIAMOND GRINDING WEEKLY UPDATE (CAMPBELL/KENTON COUNTY LINE TO U.S. 25 OVERPASS) I-275 Eastbound
 Through Thursday, April 18: left two lane(s) will...

AAA urges drivers to tune out distractions during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April

Every year, thousands lose their lives on America’s roadways because a driver diverted their attention away from the road. Unfortunately, even a few seconds of inattentiveness can yield deadly results. April marks National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and AAA is taking the opportunity to remind drivers to avoid distractions and keep their focus on the road. “Too often, motorists multi-task...

Southbank Partners announces major investment to begin on Riverfront Commons in summer 2024

Southbank Partners has announced an investment of $2.7 million dollars across 2.5 miles of projects for the regional Riverfront Commons project set to start in Summer 2024. These five projects are key pieces to completing Riverfront Commons, a 20-mile multi-use path along the riverfront, which will connect the river cities from Devou Park in the west to Pendery Park in the east. It has been Southbank...

Gov. Andy Beshear unveils 2024 Governor’s Derby Celebration, Kentucky Derby Festival posters

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday joined Lexington artist Ken Burney and Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO Matt Gibson during the Team Kentucky Update for the official unveiling of the 2024 Governor’s Derby Celebration poster. “Our thriving horse racing industry has been a source of inspiration for artists. Whether it’s the dedication of the jockeys, the power of the Thoroughbreds or the...

Beshear vetoes sweeping anti-crime bill, says it is costly and ‘unwieldy’ but had ‘good parts’

By Liam Niemeyer Kentucky Lantern Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear issued a number of vetoes Tuesday including rejecting a sweeping anti-crime bill pushed by Jefferson County Republicans and strongly opposed by Democrats, arguing House Bill 5 is a costly and “unwieldy” bill. HB 5, primarily sponsored by Rep. Jared Bauman, had received opposition across a broad political spectrum with conservative...

NKY car dealership owner, Jason Marley, sentenced to 18 years in prison for multiple charges

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The owner of a Northern Kentucky car dealership will be spending the next 18 years in prison after he entered a plea agreement to sex trafficking, drug possession, forgery and other charges by Boone Circuit Court Judge James Schrand. In October 2022, the Kentucky Attorney General’s office announced that a Boone County grand jury indicted Jason Marley, 51, on one count...