by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
HAC: $5OK DONATION TO KEEP POOL OPEN WITH STRINGS ATTACHEDA second pool faces closure this season, but the Housing Authority of Covington wants to come to the rescue with a $50,000 donation to the City. But there are strings attached related to the redevelopment of an historic Covington structure. Click it.
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SEE ALSO: At tonight's meeting of the Botany Hills Neighborhood Association, Covington recreation director Natalie Gardner will discuss the imminent closure of Gus Sheehan Pool.
FRIENDS OF MURDER VICTIM REACT TO PAROLE DENIAL
Those who knew the woman kidnapped, raped, and murdered in 1987 are relieved that one of the three people convicted in the case will remain behind bars:
Joe Heil remembers it well. "It was very stressful for our employees. For the time she was missing it seemed like an eternity. It was very stressful for us and just something we never want to endure again."Video report at the link.
Heil hired and trained Pooley who he says was the life of the party. He says everyone who knew her is relieved Humphrey will stay locked up. "It means a lot to us. Means a lot to the family has endured all these years and we constantly think of the family in this case but we also have a lot of employees involved in that and quite frankly, we're happy she was denied parole."
Local 12/Joe Webb
SEE ALSO: Police investigate stabbing in Covington Cincinnati Enquirer
Mayor Scheper adds an 11th point to his 10-point plan; The City will expand and increase its facade and commercial rent subsidy program; Plus, a Five Guys is coming to the river cities. Click it.
WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS LICKING RIVERSIDE PROPERTY?
The men who worked on renovating this property at 7th & Garrard Streets appeared before the code enforcement board last week but for an unrelated matter (their partnership has gone sour but they are stuck living next to each other, one in an historic home they renovated together and the other in one that still needs loads of work). Check out The River City News at Facebook for the conversation on this property.
BESHEAR, WILLIAMS CAMPAIGN REALLY NEVER ENDED
The tit-for-tat in Frankfort continues between Governor Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams:
Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law a two-year road plan, but not before vetoing about $50 million in funding for road projects in or near Senate President David Williams' Southern Kentucky Senate district.Herald-Leader/Beth Musgrave & Jack Brammer
Williams said he was "very pleased" that the governor finally signed the road plan, "and we will proceed now to pass the operating budget" for the Transportation Cabinet.
He said Beshear's vetoes were "vindictive and unconstitutional. But since he just directed them at me, we will proceed."
Here's what Beshear says about his decision to veto that huge amount of money's worth of projects in his rival's district:
Almost every Senator and Representative in the General Assembly had a similar mix of funded and unfunded projects. However, late in the session, Sen. Williams made significant changes to the funding sources for projects in his district.press release
In the final plan approved by the legislature, Sen. Williams guaranteed that every single road project in his district would be fully funded. He shifted his unfunded projects to funded ones – adding $152 million in project costs to his district over the next six years.
That maneuver has the effect of crowding out $152 million of projects in other areas of the state -- projects that are considered priorities from a transportation and engineering point of view.
“Sen. Williams has essentially moved all his district’s road projects to the front of the line, forcing other projects that the Transportation Cabinet and other legislators considered high-priority to wait until additional funding becomes available. It’s unfair to the citizens, and it’s unfair to the rest of the lawmakers whose districts will suffer,” said Gov. Beshear.
BUT: The amount of money requested for Williams' district pales in comparison to that of the Democratic leaders of the House:
From 2012 through 2014, the road plan the legislature approved last Thursday would have spent $115 million in Williams' district, or $1,017 per person. Floyd County, home of House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, would get $95 million, or $2,411 per person. Elliott County, home of House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, would get $41 million, or $5,259 per person.Herald-Leader/John Cheves
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POLITICAL GURU LARRY SABATO CAME TO KY AND PREDICTED A CLOSE RACE
The director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics spoke in Louisville and predicted another nail biting Presidential race this fall:
He said the race will likely come down to seven key swing states — Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire — with a combined 85 electoral votes out of the 270 a candidate needs to win.More with video at the link.
Sabato said it’s still too early for his Crystal Ball to predict the winner and the electoral votes — as he correctly did within one electoral vote in 2008. But he said one thing he’s confident in is that the candidates’ financial war chests won’t determine the outcome of the race.
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ANOTHER FUN NIGHT IN COVINGTON
A happy hour fundraiser for Keep Covington Beautiful at the Pike Street Lounge:
And Chez Nora celebrated its 18th anniversary in Mainstrasse:
GLEEK OUT! GLEE CHARACTER OFFERED SCHOLARSHIP TO LOUISVILLE
GLEEK OUT! GLEE CHARACTER OFFERED SCHOLARSHIP TO LOUISVILLE
If you're a fan of the FOX musical-comedy Glee and a fan of higher education in Kentucky, then the most recent episode of the hit series probably sent you into a full gleek-out:
Actress Naya Rivera’s character, Santana Lopez, scores a full cheerleading scholarship to U of L, and the Fox musical comedy-drama series touts the Cardinals for having one of the top cheerleading programs in the country.But if Santana had chosen UK, she'd at least get to cheer at a championship game... ;-)