by Michael Monks
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BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE BATTLE STARTS TONIGHT
The first of two consecutive evenings worth of public hearings concerning the Brent Spence Bridge project happens tonight on the Cincinnati side of the river. From 5:00 - 8:00PM the public is invited to Longworth Hall in Queensgate to hear from transportation officials from Ohio and Kentucky. The presentation moves to Covington on Wednesday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, also from 5:00 - 8:00PM.
A public meeting was held two weeks ago inside Covington City Hall where city leaders laid out their concerns on how Covington could be adversely affected by the recommended Brent Spence plans. Click the link below for that story.
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TUESDAY MORNING HEADLINESAn ancient fossil found in Kenton County baffles experts; A Cincinnati sports anchor weighs in on why UK fans are so hated, and why Reds fans are angry that the Wildcats will be honored at GABP tonight; Plus, a tour through our city's black history. Those stories and more at the link.
CANDIDATE DECLARES FOR COVINGTON SCHOOL BOARD
The first candidate to jump in publicly for the 2012 Covington School Board election is Rebecca Pettigrew, a stay-at-home mother of three children, two that attend Covington schools. From Pettigrew's just-launched campaign Facebook page:
I was born to a teen mom, and a disabled teen dad. I grew up poor. I quit high school in my senior year, but acquired my GED less than a month later, and attended college at The University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Iowa, where I studied Elementary Education and Psychology. I am currently a Stay at home Mom, to three children, 2 of which attend Covington Independent Schools.The Covington School Board consists of five popularly elected members. Three seats that currently belong to Mike Fitzgerald, Glenda Huff, and Krista Powers are up for election in November. None of the incumbents have publicly declared whether they will seek reelection. Candidates for school board have until August 1 to file for office (there is no primary).
RED AND BLUE DON'T MIX WELL IN CINCINNATI, APPARENTLY
The Cincinnati Reds will honor UK's national championship-winning basketball team before tonight's game and that has reignited old regional rivalries on the Cincinnati side of the river:
Lance McAlister, host of WLW’s Sportstalk, said most of his two-hour show last night was taken up by people complaining and debating the Reds honoring John Calipari and Company.
“Non-stop calls for first 90 minutes,” McAlister told me this morning via twitter. “One caller said he’d refuse diamond seats if offered. It was stunning. And yet hilarious. I said it was the single dumbest debate I’d ever heard from Cincinnati fans. Reds, UC, XU and just people in the city all up in arms.”Herald-Leader/John Clay
MEANWHILE, LANCE MCALISTER POINTS OUT SOME INTERESTING FACTS ON HIS ESPN 1530 BLOG:
Reds 2012 Caravan stops in Kentucky: 9Ashland, Lexington, Bowling Green, Grayson, Pikeville, Cynthiana, London, Louisville and Maysville.Reds radio affiliates:Ohio: 22Kentucky: 29Yea...what a crazy idea to honor the National Champion UK Wildcats tonight.Do you think there will be any classless boos tonight? Weigh in on The River City News Facebook page.
SEE ALSO: John Calipari will be the honorary grand marshal of this year's Pegasus Parade before the Kentucky Derby Courier-Journal
CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY CONTINUES TO HEAT UP
Northern Kentucky is the focus of Kentucky politics this primary season as seven Republicans vie to replace the retiring Geoff Davis in Congress. On Monday, Davis surprised politicos when he and Senator Jim Bunning endorsed Alecia Webb-Edgington, a state representative from Fort Wright. The news cycle from the race continues today:
Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie released an internal poll that shows him ahead of the pack, with Webb-Edgington second, and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore third. WFPL
Senator Rand Paul is reportedly upset that Davis and Bunning endorsed Webb-Edgington and that may prompt him to endorse Massie Cincinnati Enquirer
NKU and the NKY Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a forum next week with all seven Republican candidates:
"In recent years, Northern Kentucky has been fortunate to have excellent representation at the congressional level," said Steve Stevens, president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. "Congressman Geoff Davis has ensured that our region's business and community priorities are heard and it is critical that we replace him with someone who understands our issues and needs."NKU
MEANWHILE, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS'S NEW COLUMN IS ABOUT TWITTER:
When it comes to the relationship between government officials and their constituents, Twitter is a key source for communication and sharing information. Since joining this social medium a little over a year ago, I have come to value the interaction and feedback Twitter allows with followers.Geoff Davis
GOVERNOR BESHEAR SIGNS PILL MILL BILL
From a press release:
“This bill is a huge accomplishment that will save Kentuckians’ lives as we battle the scourge of prescription drug abuse, and I applaud the legislature for their bipartisan cooperation in passing this legislation,” Gov. Beshear said. “We know the terrifying statistics about how many Kentuckians are affected by prescription drug abuse, but even more unsettling, many of us know someone personally who is battling prescription addiction. House Bill 1 couldn’t get to my desk quickly enough.”
House Bill 1 (HB 1), sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, passed in a special session that ended April 20 and includes a broad spectrum of aggressive measures needed to fight the problem of prescription drug abuse. The measure expands KASPER, the state’s prescription monitoring system, by requiring all prescription providers to register. It requires pain management clinics to be owned by a licensed medical practitioner, and requires medical licensure boards to investigate prescribing complaints immediately. The legislation allows better coordination between health regulators and law enforcement to address problems of abuse. Finally, elements of HB 1 will help prevent Kentucky from becoming a source state for prescription pills.More on the legislation from WFPL
Attorney General Jack Conway sets July 12 as the date in which new laws from the 2012 General Assembly will go into effect WKYT
Governor Beshear orders flags at half staff tomorrow in honor of fallen Kentucky marine press release
Area hospitals have more jobs available Cincinnati Enquirer
Ashland posts drop in second quarter profits Business Courier
NKU entrepreneur students win big at state competition NKU
GREYHOUND BUS OPENS CENTRAL KENTUCKY STOP FOR AMISH PATRONS
Turns out that the Amish don't only travel by horse and buggy:
People come from between two and 10 miles by horse and buggy to get to the Sonora bus stop, he said. Events such as weddings and funerals and business can easily fall outside of a distance that can be traveled by horse and buggy.The News-Enterprise/Amber Coulter
“We don’t drive cars or anything,” he said. “That’s the way we travel.”
Miller said a typical speed for a horse and buggy is between 10 and 12 mph, which limits the number of miles that can be covered in one trip. “You can go 20 if you have to, but 10 is better and five is still better,” he said.
Calvary Christian's baseball team had lost every game this season due to the ten-run rule, but won in dramatic fashion Monday NKY Sports Blog
Students encouraged to design jockey silks that may displayed on Kentucky Derby websites press release
WIN A CHANCE TO SEE PETER PAN AT THE CARNEGIE:
The Carnegie in Covington has announced that it’s next Carnegie in Concert production will be a silent film with live music. Now, it’s not just any silent film…. we’re talking about JM Barrie’s Peter Pan, a story that resonates with children of all generations.Family Friendly Cincinnati
With all the high-tech gadgetry out there, we like the idea of taking a step back and bringing the kids out to experience a film in a such a classic way. There’s something magical about an old black and white movie, reading the words on the screen, having live music in the theatre. It’s a really unique experience.
ANOTHER KENTUCKIAN EMBARRASSES THE REST OF US...
The guy who siphoned gas from a police cruiser in Jenkins, Kentucky and then posted a photo of it on Facebook is getting national attention for his idiocy:
According to The Smoking Gun, he was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Letcher County District Court. Lesson learned? Perhaps not. The Smoking Gun quotes Baker’s Facebook wall, where he responded to a friend who missed the image before it was yanked from his Facebook page: “Yea lol u would just have to seen it it was funny as hell tho.” Hopefully the judge doesn’t see that, otherwise Baker could be stuck taking a page out of this guy’s (Face)book.TIME
MIKE & IKE: WE'RE BREAKING UP
Oh snap! Even candy business partnerships are susceptible to falling-outs (...fallings-out?):
We’re not quite sure how generating a fictional breakup in which the characters will inevitably get back together will necessarily attract younger consumers, but sure, why not.TIME
The new campaign features packaging that will have “Ike” or “Mike” scribbled out, as well as on billboard advertisements. The back of the candy packaging with Mike’s name crossed out will feature a handwritten message from Ike calling out Mike for “spending way too much time on his music,” the Times reports. On the packages with Ike crossed out, a message from Mike will criticize Ike for “spending way too much time on his graffiti art.”
Meanwhile, right-wing activist Tony Perkins is convinced the PR stunt is some sort of gay thing. SRSLY. The New Civil Rights Movement