by Michael Monks
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OMNICARE FACES YET ANOTHER WHISTLEBLOWER SUIT
Tell me again why these corporate criminals are even eligible for tax incentives from any government, much less two competing ones? The newest allegations suggest they cost the federal government millions of dollars:
Peter Ordeanu, who worked as a pharmacist for Omnicare (NYSE: OCR), filed his complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. He alleges that as a result of the actions, the governments possibly incurred millions of dollars of damages at a distribution facility in Des Plaines, Ill., according to Bloomberg.
Omnicare faces other whistleblower litigation. A suit filed by John Stone, Omnicare’s former internal auditor, that was disclosed in August 2010 alleges that the company filed reimbursement claims for ancillary services that didn’t conform with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulations.And Kentucky wanted to give them $20 million to stay in Covington. Count me among those who will be glad when these articles stop referencing our city and start calling these corporate welfare queens Cincinnati-based. Nice work Kasich and Mallory. You guys landed a gem.
COVINGTON PUBLIC HOUSING TO REQUIRE NON-SMOKING
It's part of a federal grant's requirement:
"What we anticipate doing is over time beginning to develop smoke-free floors at Golden Tower and at our other two family sites beginning to develop smoke-free buildings," said Aaron Wolfe-Bertling, of the Covington Public Housing Authority.
Some residents are not happy:
"If you pay your rent, you should be able to (smoke), and you're not breaking no laws and you're not doing nothing illegal, it should be all right," said Brenda Ramsey, of Latonia Terrace.For info on the affected properties and a video report, click the link.
KENTUCKY IS NUMBER ONE IN BINGE DRINKING!
Those of us living in Mainstrasse could have told you that:
The frequency of binge drinking was highest in Kentucky, about six times per month, and lowest in New Jersey, 3.6 times per month, according to the report.
RICHIE FARMER MAY HAVE LEFT AGRICULTURE DEPT IN QUITE A MESS
Not only did he hire his own girlfriend at $60,000 while going through a divorce (she's been fired since the new administration took over) but some important items may be missing:
Comer said that employees have come forward with several potentially troubling allegations involving the administration of his predecessor, Richie Farmer.James Comer is the new Republican Agriculture Commissioner and is teaming with Democratic Auditor Adam Edelen to look into the way the man who was nominated by the Republicans to be Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor handled the Agriculture Department. What an embarrassment.
"The only issues that have caused concern are time sheets, travel vouchers and (state credit card) purchases," Comer said.
Asked if anything is missing, Comer said, "We have some inventory we're trying to get in."
He also confirmed there were allegations of employees on the books who did not show up for work.
AFRICA WILL SOON BE FINGER LICKIN' GOOD
Because Kentucky is exporting its most famous product there:
KFC stores opened in Zambia, Ghana and Kenya last year, according to the report, and stores will open this year in Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Congo and Madagascar.100 KFCs in the poorest places on Earth. Yum!
CRASH CLOSED SUSPENSION BRIDGE THIS MORNING
Maybe this cab driver heard a radio report about Colonel Sanders's new sub-Saharan market.
4 HOLY CROSS FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECEIVE HONORS FROM WEBSITE
Tri-State Football's online voting for the area's top players has ended, and four Indians have made the cut. Check them out at the link.
in case you missed...
THIS MORNING'S NEWSA Ben-Gal cheerleader's federal trial will happen right here in Covington; Great video of all the strange connections between the candidates vying to replace Geoff Davis; Did you miss last night's great Covington jobs news?; Plus, the worst Tim Tebow song ever. Those stories and more at the link.
WITH URBAN AREAS GAINING PEOPLE, HOW WOULD YOU SELL COVINGTON?As suburbs and exurbs disconnected from the urban center find themselves losing population to urban cities, how do you think Covington can capitalize on this shift? How would you sell Covington? Click the link for the article and then weigh in.Suburbs Losing Value, Allure
WHERE ELSE BUT KENTUCKY WOULD A HORSE SIGN AUTOGRAPHS?
Not only that, but it's a state-sponsored event, naturally. Remember 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide? He's going to help the state market its new campaign "There's Only One". From the release:
Photo Op as Funny Cide will “autograph” the new 2012 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide; Representatives of unique Kentucky attractions and state tourism officials will be available for interviews about the new “There’s Only One Kentucky” marketing campaign.This news makes me want to binge drink. And eat KFC.