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by Michael Monks
COVINGTON MURDER STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION
UPDATE: The victim has been identified by Covington Police as Jonathan Lowe, 40.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified by Covington Police as Jonathan Lowe, 40.
A man was found to be stabbed to death between 1:00AM and 2:00AM at 8th & Madison in Downtown Covington this morning and as of this writing there is no new information to report, though Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said to expect an update from Covington Police soon. Sanders also noted via Twitter that this is the first homicide in Covington and Kenton County of 2012, four months and sixteen days into the year. Here is info and video from WKRC from the early morning scene:
Detectives spent about five hours on the scene and carried out several bags of items from a nearby apartment. They also searched trash cans and the street for clues.
The River City News will provide an update as soon as one is available. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 513.352.3040.
MAN GUILTY IN CRASH THAT KILLED COVINGTON MAN
A Procter & Gamble executive that lived in Covington was killed last August when the driver of another claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel, and their two cars collided. That driver, Vance Coyle, pleaded guilty today:
Coyle’s attorney Bob Carran, of Covington, said the plea deal will allow Coyle, the father of five to keep working instead of serving time in jail.
“He has young children that he’s raising and he needs to support them, and this will give him the opportunity to continue to work for his kids while paying his dues,” Carran said.
Full story at the link.
JUVENILE INCARCERATIONS DECLINING IN KENTUCKY, KENTON CO STILL #1
Kentucky has one of the highest rates in the nation for incarcerating minors and within the Commonwealth, Kenton County arrests the most, though the number statewide is declining:
According to the report, which was released Tuesday, youth incarcerations for status offenses decreased by 41 percent from 2007 to 2011. The report attributed the drop to various measures, including increased community awareness about the high cost and ineffectiveness of incarcerations, the leadership of judges, and the work of advocates.Associated Press via WKRC
The Kentucky Youth Advocates report indicates that Kenton County incarcerated 174 different juveniles in 2011 or 101.4 for every 10,000 youths at an estimated total cost of more than $80,000. Read the full report by clicking here.
COVINGTON'S BIOLOGIC PART OF STATEWIDE REPORT ON LIFE SCIENCES
BioLOGIC, the Russell Street life sciences incubator is represented in a medical journal article the industry's growth potential, challenges, and successes:
MN: What are some of the biggest misconceptions about biotechnology?
(BioLOGIC's Keith Schneider): A misconception I often preach to is that life science companies are a riskier investment than other options. Although to call this a misconception is a bit of a stretch as there is a great deal of risk associated with life science start-ups, with anything the risk lessens when some key components are added to the mix. Things like a strong set of advisors, industry expertise, and like-minded people help lessen the risk. As long as you have a few people that understand the science and can translate it to the business end then I believe your chances to hit a home run with a company like Surgical Energetics are at least as good as hitting a homerun by seeking the next Facebook or Papa John’s. It may involve different nuts, but the bolts are the same—an addressable market, a strong team, IP, and executable business model. bioLOGIC’s goal is to bring the bolts to the table as we uncover great and launch opportunities.Read the full article at the link.
SEE ALSO: UK scores $6.25 million grant/gift for cancer research Herald-Leader
WEDNESDAY MORNING HEADLINES
Did you miss this morning's update? Who's contributing cash to the candidates for Covington Mayor? Bill Butler, Oakley Farris, and Steve Frank. Details at the link; Plus, a new book brings political thrills and suspense with Covington as a setting; And, a local animal shelter may have to change its no-kill policy. Those stories and more at the link.
KENTUCKIANS THAT BOUGHT SKECHERS SHAPE-UPS CAN COLLECT MONEY
Attorney General Jack Conway announced this morning that Kentucky, along with other states, has reached an agreement with Skechers over deceptive advertising that touted the health benefits of buying Skechers "shape-up" shoes:
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that Kentucky has joined 43 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission in reaching a $45 million settlement with Skechers USA, Inc. over allegations of deceptive advertising involving the company's rocker-bottom shoe products. Under the settlements, up to $40 million is being allocated for consumer refund money to be paid back to consumers who purchased the shoes. An additional $5 million will be paid to the states.
"Skechers has made millions from a deceptive advertising campaign that couldn't deliver on its promises to consumers," General Conway said. "I am pleased that a settlement has been reached and that it will prevent Skechers from engaging in these types of illegal marketing practices in the future."
The complaint filed today in Franklin Circuit Court by General Conway alleges that Skechers made health-related claims in the marketing, packaging, advertising, offering, and selling of its line of rocker-bottom shoe products including Shape-ups, Tone-ups, and the Skechers Resistance Runner that were not adequately substantiated at the time the claims were made.
The suit further alleges that without having adequate support for its claims, Skechers claimed that these rocker-bottom shoe products caused consumers to lose weight, burn calories, improve circulation, fight cellulite, and firm, tone or strengthen thigh, buttock, and back muscles.
Under the settlement, Skechers is prohibited from making these claims unless it has adequate substantiation to do so. Skechers does not admit any wrongdoing and denies the factual allegations asserted in the Attorney General's complaint.
Consumers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Skechers Resistance Runner should go to www.ftc.gov/skechers or call 1-866-325-4186 to determine if they are eligible for a partial refund.
Potential refunds for eligible consumers vary from $20 to $80 per pair of shoes.
KENTUCKY PREPARES FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN
Parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) are on their way to the Commonwealth:
Therefore, if the law is upheld by the Supreme Court, Governor Beshear announced today that he will issue an executive order to establish a Kentucky health benefit exchange. “While no one can predict what the Supreme Court will ultimately decide, it is imperative that the state prepare for any decision,” said Gov. Beshear. “The steps we have taken to date, and the planning process we are putting in place helps ensure the state is able and ready to follow the law, if upheld, and also guarantees we don’t have the federal government running our insurance market.”Read the full announcement with more details at the link.
The health benefit exchange, a requirement of the ACA, will facilitate the purchase and sale of health plans in the individual market, assist small employers in facilitating the enrollment of their employees in health plans, provide one-stop shopping by helping individuals enroll in health plans, Medicaid and KCHIP, enable individuals to receive premium tax credits and premium subsidies, and qualify small businesses for tax credits.
“The Commonwealth believes it is best positioned to operate an exchange for the full benefit of Kentuckians,” said CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes. “Kentucky understands the unique regional and economic needs of our citizens, as well as the health insurance needs of small businesses. We have existing working relationships with insurers, agents, advocates, health care providers and other business partners. By establishing a state-operated exchange, we can also better ensure coordination and integration of eligibility determinations and enrollment with the Medicaid program.”
IS THERE AN 8TH REPUBLICAN RUNNING FOR NKY'S SEAT IN CONGRESS?
Nope, but Greg Frank, the hotel owner running in the Democratic primary against Williamstown attorney Bill Adkins, sure is hyping his GOP bonafides:
“Most of the people on the staff knocking on doors are tea party and Republicans,” Frank said. “The Democrats are outnumbered on our staff. In a primary, we’ll see how that passion does. If we can get through the primary, as much as a long shot as people may think we are, we have a good chance of saving this nation.”Weird. Profiles of each Democrat running at the link.
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Columnist: Sen. Rand Paul to run for President in 2016 Courier-Journal
PHOTOS: Governor Beshear on trade mission to Taiwan click here
Gov. Beshear orders flags at half staff for fallen soldier press release
Kentucky doctor tells teen girls that they are part of medical study and now he faces child porn charges AP via WKRC
Kentucky State Fair sued by former supervisor at Yum! Center Courier-Journal
COVINGTON: Check out author Rick Robinson's appearance on WXIX discussing his new book that partially takes place in Covington WXIX
Former Southgate House to reopen as Thompson House this weekend Cincinnati Enquirer
NKY native Jones celebrates successful first month as White Sox pitcher Ledger-Independent
COVINGTON'S MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE IS NOW A STICKER DESTINATION
From the Mainstrasse Village Association:
We've always known it, but now it's official: MainStrasse Village is a destination! Pick up an MSV window cling or magnet during Maifest. They will be available for purchase at the Information Booth on the Goose Girl Fountain and at the MSVA Resident Committee Spaten Bier Garten on Main Street.
DESTINATION: GRADUATION PROFILE
Another soon-to-be graduate of Holmes High School is profiled by Covington Independent Public Schools:
Robert Hughes-Carr found his niche when he came to Holmes High School. He liked radio, television and media classes.Robert took those skills and used them to earn first place for regional broadcast news in a Skills USA competition. Those classes gave Robert a direction. Now he’s got a destination. He has joined the U.S. Air Force.Read more about Ryan by clicking here.
Robert sees military service as a gateway to a world of opportunities for him. He rattles off possible Air Force jobs – cameraman, paralegal, administrator. He has a road map for what he wants in life – 20 years active service and then a government job. Also on the list – “a great family and a bright future.”
CARNEGIE HIRING TEACHERS
It is likely that these positions could be for the partnership between the Carnegie and Covington Independent Public Schools that starts next year. Details at the link.
AREA MAN SHAKEN UP AFTER RUN-IN WITH CASUAL ACQUAINTANCE AT CVS
"There I am in the toothpaste aisle, and before I can walk away pretending I haven't seen him, he makes eye contact, and bam—I'm talking about what I've been up to lately with this guy I've never seen before in a context like that," said a still-reeling Ditmas, who upon exiting the store deliberately walked in a different direction from Ehrlemeyer, stopping around the next corner to take some deep breaths and gather his composure. "My God. In a CVS of all places."The Onion