by Michael Monks
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COVINGTON LANDS NEW JOBS THROUGH MERGER
A New York City debt services company is merging with a similar operation in Covington and the jobs are coming here. Up to 250 new positions will help fill the space of Plaza Recovery Inc inside the old Johnny's Toys and Frank's Nursery in Latonia. ACB American, which has operated in Covington since 1962 will assume the Plaza name through the merger. Also, former Mayor Butch Callery played a significant role in this important event. Click the link for the story, comments from the Lieutenant Governor, Mayor Scheper, and Callery, plus lots of photos.
Nearly every media outlet in town descended upon the Latonia Shopping Centre for the announcement. Here is coverage from around the region:
Business Courier, Gover Beshear press release, Cincinnati Enquirer, FOX 19, City of Covington press release, 700 WLW
DEPARTMENT REVIEW AT CITY HALL APPROVED
At Tuesday night's City Commission meeting, a contract was awarded to Cincinnati-based Management Partners to conduct a thorough review of each department at City Hall. The move is part of Mayor Scheper's 10-point plan. Also, a Covington police officer was recognized by Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders for his work that led to a conviction of a woman that orchestrated one of the most brutal murders in Covington's recent history. A complete review of Tuesday's meeting is at the link.
NEW JACOB PRICE PROJECT PRE-CONSTRUCTION MEETING TONIGHT
From the Housing Authority of Covington:
IBG Construction Services intends to enter into a contract with Vendors andSubcontractors for: the construction of 120 multifamily units consisting of 112 multifamily and 8 senior cottages. The work shall include all site work with underground utilities, curb and gutter, roadways, vertical construction of 11 wood frame buildings containing all 120 units.The meeting is tonight at the Radisson Riverfront at 5:00PM. The River City News will have it covered for you.
HIGHWAY BILL COULD BRING GOOD NEWS FOR NEW BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE
Cincinnati US Representative Steve Chabot spoke on the $260 billion transportation bill Tuesday:
And he’s “cautiously optimistic” that the bill will include an amendment to carve out a portion of spending for projects of national significance. The amendment is co-sponsored by three local House members: Chabot, R-Westwood, Jeanne Schmidt, (R-Miami Township), and Geoff Davis, (R-Hebron). Chabot said the amendment could boost federal funding for the Brent Spence Bridge project.Business Courier/Dan Monk
GOVERNOR TO TESTIFY ON BEHALF OF GAMBLING BILL TODAY
Here we go:
Beshear has been talking about the issue since he first ran in 2007. Within the past year, before his re-election, statewide polling indicated as many as 87% of Kentuckians want the opportunity to vote on whether to authorize bluegrass casinos.84 WHAS
THAT SAME COMMITTEE COULD VOTE ON THE ISSUE TODAY
Here we go:
Wednesday's vote would be the first on the issue since lawmakers convened in early January. If it passes the committee, it still has to make its way through the full Senate and House.WKYT
RELIGIOUS LEADERS PRAY FOR DEATH OF CASINO BILL
First, the Catholics had their say against it and now the Protestants:
Opponents prayed Tuesday for the "timely death" of Gov. Steve Beshear's casino gambling amendment, which will get its first legislative hearing Wednesday.Herald-Leader/Janet Patton
Led by the Rev. Hershael York of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, more than 100 people gathered in the Capital Rotunda to sing and pray for the legislation's defeat.
PIKEVILLE U'S FATE HEADS TO LEGISLATURE
The issue is whether to welcome another school into the state university system at a time when funding is being cut for institutions like NKU:
"Our students attend the state universities at one-third the rate of the rest of the state," (former Governor and current Pikeville President Paul) Patton said. "The students and the parents of southeastern Kentucky are inadequately and unfairly served by the present system of state universities.Herald-Leader/Jack Brammer
SEE ALSO: KET's Bill Goodman rounds up the pros and cons KET
NEW DROPOUT BILL IS A COMPROMISE
Both the Kentucky House and Senate have passed bills to raise the state's dropout age but there are differences:
Education Chairman Carl Rollins says his compromise includes elements of both the House and Senate bills. “Allow the boards of education, the local boards to adopt a dropout age of 18 voluntarily until 2016, then after that it would be mandatory that all boards, or it would be adopted statewide. So it combined the two bills. We’ve going to try this and see if we can work out a compromise,” he says.WFPL/Kenny Colston
FAIRNESS LEADERS BACK ANTI-BULLYING BILL
A bill was passed in 2008, but some lawmakers think it did not protect enough kids:
Louisville Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman says state and school officials should pay closer attention to students who are being bullied, but stricter laws should apply to prevent young people from being perpetually harassed.WFPL/Phillip M. Bailey
“The legislation is pretty clear that school boards and the department of education develops what sort of penalties are associated with bullying incidents. But when there is physical harassment…when it rises to that level it becomes a misdemeanor as it would anywhere,” he says.
BILL WOULD TAX OFF SITE WAGERING ON KENTUCKY HORSE RACING
Including online or over-the-phone bets:
The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Larry Clark of Louisville, said the measure would allow the state to get a glimpse of how much money is wagered through online or phone wagering systems. A legislative analysis estimated that the state would receive a little less than $50,000 a year, but no solid figures exist.Herald-Leader/Beth Musgrave
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HIGH END HOME CONSTRUCTION IS UP 35% IN REGION
Another sign of an improving economy?
In 2011, 279 homes were started in developments with a median price point of $400,000 or more, according to Cincinnati-based NPG DataQuest. There were 207 starts in this range last year.Business Courier
SEE ALSO: Region's 10 highest paying jobs Business Courier
HOLMES, HOLY CROSS HIT THE COURT TONIGHT
The 35th District tournament continues tonight with the semifinals. The two winners tonight will play for the district title but more importantly, each will advance to the regional tournament for a shot at going to Kentucky's storied Sweet 16. The games are at NKU where Holy Cross takes on Covington Catholic at 6:00PM and Holmes faces Beechwood at 8:15PM. How much do we all want a Holmes vs. Holy Cross district final?
SEE ALSO: South Covington's kids at Scott and Calvary Christian are also in action against each other in the 37th District semifinals tonight at Campbell County Middle School. Tipoff is 6:00PM.
UK PLAYS LIKE CHAMPIONS, COMES BACK TO WIN AT MISS ST.
What an aggravating game for 3/4 of it. Thank goodness this team does not give up and plays to win.
Top-ranked Kentucky, led by a senior who has grown a reputation for stepping up when the game is on the line, survived its biggest scare since its buzzer-beating loss at Indiana with a thrilling, statement-making 73-64 at Mississippi State on Tuesday night in Starkville, Miss.Coach Cal
Behind by as many as 13 points at halftime and trailing for all but the final four minutes of the game, Miller scored nine crucial points and came up with a pivotal steal during Kentucky’s game-ending 20-4 run.
LAST OF THE SCREAMIN' EAGLES RETURN FROM AFGHANISTAN
The 101st Airborne's last troops in Afghanistan are now back in Kentucky.
When the plane carrying 186 members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade touched down at the U.S. Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, it marked the first time in two years that all units were on post, according to The Leaf-Chronicle.AP
SENATOR RAND PAUL TO PERFORM FREE EYE SURGERY
Sometimes this very strange man is just flat-out charming. Still strange though:
Paul was a longtime ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, before he was elected to the Senate in 2010. The tea party darling said Tuesday, he has found his pro bono work during Senate recesses to be especially rewarding. Many of his patients have had extremely poor vision because, lacking insurance they have put off treatment.AP via WBKO
KENTUCKY SNAKE EXPERTS RETURN FROM SRI LANKA
The Asian country still sees thousands of its people die annually from snake bites:
Sri Lanka currently gets its antiserum from India but it's grown ineffective for treating snakebites on the island. The bites are most common in rural parts of the country. Harrison says Sri Lanka averages 40,000 snakebites a year.More with sssssssssome sssssssscary video at the link.
TROUBLED SHELTER DOG GETS NEW LIFE IN THE NARCOTICS UNIT
Bear, a 2-year-old black Labrador retriever, was the troublemaker of the shelter. He was rambunctious and would hardly sit still. He was becoming a problem for workers at the local humane society. He was exactly what Dustain Vance was looking for. Bear was an unwanted, mischievous dog when Vance, head trainer for Advance Canine Academy in Scottsville, adopted and trained him.Bear. What else would it have been named? Read it.
Bowling Green Daily News/Jenna Mink
PEASELBURG CHILI COOKOFF TONIGHT
Families from Peaselburg are invited to taste and vote on the neighborhood's best chili and then enjoy a free dinner! Desserts will be for sale with the proceeds going to the Friends of Peaselburg neighborhood association. Head down to Glenn O. Swing at 5:30PM to join in the fun.
TOM & CHEE'S GRILLED CHEESE DONUT MAKES NATIONAL LIST
Get over to Newport and try one!
NEW COVINGTON MEN'S CLOTHING STORE ALSO WELCOMES BOOK SWAPS
In case you didn't know, flow - a shop for men also wants you to stop in and swap out books. From shop owner Jerod Theobald:
The collection is quite small but if something catches your eye, grab it. Just make sure to leave an inspiring piece of literature in return. Thanks for playing.Get more updates on all the great clothes and extras coming into flow by following on Facebook.
ONE MONTH UNLIMITED PASS TO COVINGTON YOGA
CityBeat's perkopolis deal of the day is a $90 value. Check it out at the link and then go get your downward dog on over at Covington Yoga (440 Scott Boulevard).
GEORGE CLOONEY AND HIS MOM APPEAR ON TV TONIGHT
This will be fun:
For the second time in three years, ABC’s “Before They Were Stars” visits George Clooney’s family home in Augusta, Ky., for a segment to air Wednesday (10 p.m., Channel 9). ABC interviewed his mother, Nina, at home recently for the special hosted by Robin Roberts. And again the Clooneys showed off their famous “picture room,” the bar with walls and ceilings covered with photographs, says his father, Nick. The Clooneys moved to Augusta in the mid 1970s; George graduated from Augusta Independent High School in 1979.Cincinnati Enquirer/John Kiesewetter
NEW LAW: WOMEN MUST NAME BABY, PAINT NURSERY BEFORE ABORTION
The Onion (video)