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Saturday, March 24, 2012

PHOTOS: LICKING RIVER GREENWAY TRAILS CLEANUP WITH KET

by Michael Monks 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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Volunteers from all over Covington and organizations like Vision 2015 and Youth Build were on hand to help clean up the Licking River Greenway Trails. Special guests were Dave Shuffett and his Kentucky Life crew from Kentucky Educational Television which will feature a piece on the clean-up efforts on a statewide broadcast. Check out photos from the day: 
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More photos below, just click the link!
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NEWS ROUND-UP -- SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2012

by Michael Monks 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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MURDER VICTIMS' FAMILIES HOPE FOR END TO TEEN VIOLENCE
With this week's announcement that 16-year old Romello Rice, a former football player at Holmes High School, was indicted for the December murder of 18-year old Brett Thornberry, Local 12's Joe Webb revisits a year's worth of teen murder suspects and victims in Covington: 
"The kids shouldn't have guns running around killing people."
But police say that's exactly what's happening. Last winter, 17-year-old Stacey Spencer was charged in the shooting death of Clay Meyer on Garrard Street. In June, 16-year-old, Dreshawn Hammond was shot multiple times near City Heights. 14-year-old Tromonte Rice and 16-year-old Mikaele Crumes are charged in that murder. Last fall, a grand jury indicted 17-year-old Quenton Kolenda along with two adults for killing and beheading Donnell Brown. 
More with video at the link. 
Local 12/Joe Webb 
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REP GEOFF DAVIS PUTS ONUS OF BRENT SPENCE ON THE STATES
The retiring Congressman representing NKY in DC spoke to the NKY Chamber of Commerce Friday in Covington: 
“David Williams and Greg Stumbo talked openly about wanting tolling,” Davis said. “That is the wrong solution. That simply gives them the means to keep more federal dollars in other places for projects they want. That’s unfair to Northern Kentucky, which is a net payer to the commonwealth of Kentucky, to be penalized when those dollars need to be invested here.”
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Covington City Commissioner Steve Frank offered this information about the bridge on Facebook: 
Please mark your calendars now for Wednesday April 11th at 6:00 P.M. for a Brent Spence Bridge stakeholder meeting in Commission Chambers. We need to get as many interested parties to this meeting on April 11th as possible so they understand what KYTC is proposing and what modifications that Covington is requesting, so we can enlist everyone’s public support for our requests at the final public meeting on April 25th.

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KY EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION IN COVINGTON THIS MORNING
A crew from the popular Kentucky Life program on KET is on Covington this morning to record a segment on local volunteer efforts at cleaning up the Licking River Greenway Trails. The local project won a Facebook voting contest that brings KET here and to Rabbit Hash as well for a separate clean-up project. Want to help? The crews are meeting at 9:00AM at the Licking River's 16th Street access point. Work will continue until noon. 
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SEE ALSO: Today is Reforest Northern Kentucky:
Please join us for Reforest Northern Kentucky 2012 at Twenhofel Middle School on Saturday March 24th, 9:30am-12:30pm. Bring your friends, family, and shovels to help improve our community by planting trees. The first 200 volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt! Refreshments and take-home native tree seedlings provided for all volunteers. REGISTER by phone (859) 356-3155 or online at www.kentoncountyextension.org 
For more info, click here.
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HOLMES MIDDLE TO PARTICIPATE IN $26.9M COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM
A federal grant awarded to the Commonwealth of Kentucky worth $26.9 million will help twenty-nine schools with college readiness. The program is aimed at this year's 7th graders and will follow them through high school as they prepare to enter college. The state chose Holmes as the location to make its announcement Friday morning. For the full story and for lots of photos, click the link. 
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SEE ALSO: Holmes High School is recognizing as many of its seniors as possible through the Covington Independent Public Schools Facebook page
Christina, 17, has been accepted to Western Kentucky University, where she will major in film and video production. She’s not quite certain what she will do with her degree, but it will be innovative.
“I want to be creative in my own creative way,’’ she says. “I want to go behind the scenes of a television or movie set. I can be a director or producer. I don’t know, I just want to experience it all.’’ 
Good luck, Christina! 

SEE ALSO: There is always lots of good stuff featuring Covington kids at the CIPS Facebook page.  

COVINGTON LANDMARK TO HAVE NEW ENTRANCE INSTALLED
At last Monday's meeting of the urban design review board, the possibility of razing an antebellum structure that may have been home to Covington's first mayor was the top item on the agenda, but there was one other significant building slated to make an architectural change as well: 
Covington Station, the former train station turned office building, was approved to change the door at its main entrance. This is what it will look like when the change is made: 
On the left is the current entrance and on the right
is the expected change (click to enlarge)
FRANKFORT HEADLINES
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Sex trafficking is a problem on Kentucky interstates Herald-Leader 
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State budget negotiations to begin Monday Bluegrass Politics & cn|2 
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Lawmakers have one week to settle budget differences Herald-Leader 
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House Speaker Greg Stumbo says a budget compromise should be easy WFPL 
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Governor and First Lady present food bank funds press release 
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Governor Beshear wins friendly bet with Michigan governor after Louisville beat Michigan State in the Sweet 16 Thursday press release 
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      REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED BLUE
Kentucky offers Indiana payback Friday night as the Wildcats ended the Hoosiers' season in a fast-paced high-scoring Sweet 16 match-up, 102-90 Herald-Leader 
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Columnist says UK's next opponent looks a whole lot like the Wildcats Herald-Leader
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NOTE: You may be more interested in Louisville's shot at the Final Four today against Florida (or maybe even Syracuse versus Ohio State) but the Division II national championship game is on national television today and it is taking place at Northern Kentucky University. This is great exposure for the region -- so be sure to check out the game this afternoon on CBS. 
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QUICKIES
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Will Turfway Park become a shopping mall? AP via Wall Street Journal 
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SEE ALSO: Another horse that may be Derby-bound is "Holy Candy" The Blood-Horse
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UpTech, the region's new start-up incubator, has some tough decisions ahead Cincinnati Enquirer
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KY Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Louisville) celebrates the anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act and also challenges Senator Mitch McConnell to a debate over the historic legislation 
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Meanwhile, McConnell suggests replacing the Affordable Health Care & Patient Protection Act with step-by-step changes The Hill
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Bullying-related deaths mount in Kentucky WCPO 
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New games, big pots boost Kentucky lottery sales Courier-Journal
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SHOCK: Kentucky ranks poorly for gay travelers Spartacus 
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Road construction to begin next week on two NKY interstates Local 12 
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Baby kept family safe from tornado Cincinnati Enquirer
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
HOLY CROSS FOOTBALL COACH BRUCE KOZERSKI SPEAKS IN PENNSYLVANIA
The leader of the Covington's first high school football state championship-winning team was back in his native Pennsylvania this week to speak to a new Division III football program's players and to the Boy Scouts of America's distinguished citizen dinner: 
"You have to measure progress in little steps and you have to be patient," Kozerski said. "You have to realize that at some point you're going to turn the tide and you will start to see big steps of progress. This is a program that's fully supported by the college, the students will be right behind it and the facilities are going to be outstanding. I don't see any reason why they can't be very successful in a short period of time."
It took a few years for Holy Cross to find success and the Indians had their biggest breakthrough this season in Kozerski's eighth season as head coach and with Adam Kozerski at defensive end. 
The article also makes note of which colleges Kozerski's son is still considering. Click it. 
Citizens Voice  
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TAYLOR MILL EASTER EGG HUNT SCHEDULED FOR TODAY IS CANCELED
From the City: 
Unfortunately, the rain has forced us to postpone our Annual Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow (Saturday, the 24th of March). The event will now be held next Saturday, March 31, 2012 (rain or shine). Let's hope for some dryer weather. Our Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Event will still be held indoors at Park Place Community Center tomorrow. Please see our Event tab for more information. Thank you!

COVINGTON POLICE VISIT SAINT AUGUSTINE SCHOOL FOR CAREER DAY
Check out photos from the event here 
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LOOK AT THE PUPPIES THAT COULD BE YOURS TODAY!
From Recycled Doggies: 
Come meet these cutie pies at our adoption event this Saturday, March 24th, at the Milford PetSmart. The event is from 11am-4pm. To read more about any of our doggies, go to www.recycleddoggies.org. You can also download our adoption application from that website.
See a lot more of them by clicking here.

Friday, March 23, 2012

HOLMES SELECTED FOR COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM

by Michael Monks 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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Representatives from GEAR UP Kentucky were in the office of Holmes Middle School principal Sean Bohannan when they got the call the state program had been awarded a $26.9 million federal grant to boost its college readiness work. For that reason, GEAR UP chose Holmes as the location to announce the twenty-nine schools across Kentucky selected to participate, including Covington's only public middle school. "We want you to be part of our first class of Kentucky students to graduate in 2021 with a four-year college degree," said Yvonne Lovell, executive director of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) to hundreds of 7th grade students from Holmes, Newport, and Bellevue. 
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The grant allows GEAR UP to continue its efforts to follow 7th grade students throughout their time in high school as they prepare to attend college. "Getting there from 7th grade seems like a long way to college and even longer to 2021 but I can tell you, these years go by faster than you could ever believe," said Bob King, President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. "You need to do everything you can to fulfill your expectations of going to college." 
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Holmes is particularly challenged in the area of college readiness and Kentucky as a whole struggles with forty percent of its high school graduates needing to take remedial courses in math and other subject areas when they get to college. "We want this class to be the first in Kentucky to go to college without having to take make-up courses," King said. "We want you to be the most successful class in the history of GEAR UP." 
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While hundreds of students listened in the auditorium at Holmes High School, thousands more from the other twenty-six schools selected to participate watched the Covington event live through an online webcast. "GEAR UP has been very influential in my life," said Isis Solomon, a graduate of Newport High School who is now a freshman at Northern Kentucky University. Solomon shared her experience of being able to travel the state to visit colleges because of GEAR UP. "It really does help when choosing a college to have these experiences in your senior year." 
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GEAR UP's focus is on low-income schools and NKU President Dr. James Votruba touched on that at Friday's event. "There will be times when you wonder if you are ready to go to college," he said. "Life can control you or you can control your life. My hope is that all of you will stretch and reach for everything you want out of life. When you look in the mirror every morning see someone who can achievve, somebody who can accomplish in life what you think is important."
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Following the event at Holmes, the students from that school as well as Newport and Bellevue headed out for a visit to NKU. "Y'all are absolutely gonna love college," Solomon continued. In addition to GEAR UP's assistance, the NKU freshman also offered some advice of her own. "Make friends with people who have the same goals as you because they will help keep you on task."  
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PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT: 
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MORE PHOTOS BELOW, JUST CLICK THE LINK!

NEWS ROUND-UP -- FRIDAY MORNING 23 MAR

by Michael Monks 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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TEEN INDICTED FOR DECEMBER MURDER ON GREENUP STREET
Romello Rice, 16, a former football player at Holmes High School is one of two teens suspected of killing 18-year old Brett Thornberry at 1010 Greenup Street in December. He was indicted by a Kenton County Grand Jury and will face trial in adult court: 
Rice is charged with complicity to murder and to robbery. The charges carry the same penalty as murder and robbery, but under the complicity charge prosecutors do not have to prove which defendant pulled the trigger or committed the robbery, said Kenton Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders.  
Covington Police are still looking for an adult for questioning in the shooting death. Click the link for those details. 
Cincinnati Enquirer/Brenna Kelly 
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MAINSTRASSE BARS APOLOGIZE FOR LARGE ST PATRICK'S DAY CROWD
Pachinko's and Cock & Bull off this: 
"The meeting was just very positive. Everybody was there to come up with a solution, everybody recognized the problems, and they were apologetic towards the neighbors," said MainStrasse Village Association Executive Director Kim Wolf.
Problem solving and planning was the theme at the meeting between Covington City Solicitor Frank Warnock, Police Chief Lee Russo, the MainStrasse Village Association, and the two bars after the annual drinking holiday caused a mess for MainStrasse. 
WCPO 
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SEE ALSO: For background on the Mainstrasse mess left behind after the Saint Patrick's Day party, see coverage from The River City News here, here, and here
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KENTUCKY TO AWARD COLLEGE READINESS FUNDS AT HOLMES TODAY

The list of schools awarded funding from GEAR UP for college readiness is being kept secret until after the announcement is made at Holmes. Students from three schools in the NKY River Cities will be present -- including Holmes -- so that may be a good sign! Click the link below for details.
State Education Program Funds to Be Announced in Covington 
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DREES PAVILLION DRIVES IMPROVEMENTS IN DEVOU PARK
The money made from the events center (with the most spectacular view in town) is going a long way in Covington's treasured park: 
“There were so many shortcomings to Devou,” at that time, he said. “A great lack of public restrooms. And a great lack of way-finding signs. The trails were in bad shape, or non-existent. The roads are still a problem, but they were worse then. The band shell was decaying away with no activity taking place in it.” 
Great article that offers background on how the Drees Pavillion and its relationship with the City came to be. 
Cincinnati Enquirer/Mike Rutledge  
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Information on Covington new tax amnesty program -- including frequently asked questions: Click Here 
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Want to know exactly what the City of Covington is looking for from the whoever is hired to run the newly relocated Farmers Market? Check out the request for proposals by clicking here
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FRANKFORT HEADLINES
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SENATE PASSES BUDGET BUT ALLOCATES RIVERFRONT MONEY TO COUNTY
...Instead of Southbank Partners:
"We were afraid that it's a private 401 sort of thing," (Senate President David) Williams said. "This way it can be used for same purpose by the fiscal court. It is just the agent that receives it that is the issue. The same amount of money is going for the same purpose."
The Legislative Ethics Commission deemed Southbank Partners a public entity when, in an informal opinion, it cleared State Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, to vote for the House budget that allocated the money to Southbank. Keene earns $58,000 a year from Southbank as a paid adviser. 
Cincinnati Enquirer/Scott Wartman  
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Senate's version of budget slashes debt, including Rupp Arena renovations cn|2 
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Senators explain changes to budget (video) cn|2
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Senate approves its version of the budget Courier-Journal 
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For-profit schools bill passes senate committee Courier-Journal 
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House passes tax relief for tornado victims WKYT 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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Covington Baptist Temple is moving from Holman Avenue to Decoursey Avenue Cincinnati Enquirer 
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COMMISSIONERS VISIT SOUTH COVINGTON CUL-DE-SACS
Commissioners Steve Frank and Steve Casper met with South Covington residents concerned over the unexpected removal of their cul-de-sac gardens by the City of Covington. It turns out, though, that some neighbors don't miss them. Click the link for that story and more headlines from Thursday afternoon. 
The River City News
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LUCKY DOGS (AND CATS) ADOPTED THIS MONTH AT KENTON CO SHELTER
Awww...




See more at the Kenton County Animal Shelter's Facebook page -- and go get a new furry friend today! 
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IT'S TIME FOR REVENGE. TONIGHT, THE KENTUCKY WILDCATS MEET THE INDIANA HOOSIERS FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON. THIS TIME THE STAKES ARE HIGHER AS A TRIP TO THE ELITE EIGHT IS THE PRIZE.
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UK's Terrance Jones says he learned from first meeting with IU Herald-Leader 
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UK's Calipari, IU's Crean are close off the court Herald-Leader 
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Reverse: UK's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist may be headed to NBA ESPN 
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CONGRATULATIONS: The Louisville Cardinals upset #1-seed Michigan State last night and earned a spot in the Elite Eight Courier-Journal 
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Carrollton, Kentucky is the geographic center of the Sweet 16 WKYT 
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HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY - AND REMEMBER, IF IT HAPPENS IN COVINGTON, YOU'LL READ ABOUT IT AT 
         THE RIVER CITY NEWS!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

COMMISSIONERS VISIT SOUTH COVINGTON CUL-DE-SACS & MORE NEWS

by Michael Monks 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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CITY COMMISSIONERS MAKE VISIT TO SOUTH COVINGTON'S CUL-DE-SACS
Commissioner Steve Casper and Bill Wells
Following the unexpected and unpublicized paving of South Covington's signature cul-de-sac gardens, City Commissioners Steve Casper and Steve Frank visited with South Covington neighbors Thursday afternoon. The River City News confirmed earlier that the paving of the gardens was never discussed publicly, but rather during private meetings of the City's infrastructure committee and Sanitation District 1.  As of now, the paving project has been halted, sparing any remaining gardens but work continues toward removal of the gardens on Bluffside and Vista View. Bill Wells, president of the South Covington Community Action Association says he will go door to door on the affected streets to gauge interest in replacing the gardens. Wells did concede that some neighbors to whom he had already spoken said to leave the gardens gone, while others are adamantly opposed to removing any more. 
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Commissioner Steve Frank speaks with Bill Wells
and Lisa Placke

Work continued on Vista View's cul-de-sac paving

Bluffside in South Covington Thursday afternoon
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KENTUCKY TO ANNOUNCE COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM AT HOLMES
A $26.9 million college readiness program will be unveiled by the Commonwealth at Holmes High School tomorrow. The schools awarded the funds will not be released yet but lots of local students are expected to attend. Click the link for details. 
The River City News 
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BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE TOPS CHAMBER'S WISH LIST IN DC
It tops everyone's wish list here, right? 
“It’s a critical economic driver for our region and our nation,” Ellen G. van der Horst, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, said of the bridge.
The chamber’s visit, part of an annual lobbying trip by business leaders, came as congressional leaders remain gridlocked over a new highway bill.
Cincinnati Enquirer/Deirdre Shesgreen 
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SEE ALSO: NKY Chamber & NKU to host 4th district Congressional candidates Cincinnati Enquirer
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STATE HOUSE VOTES DOWN THREE ABORTION-RELATED BILLS
One would have required consultation with a physician twenty-four hours before an abortion, another would have forced women to be shown an ultrasound, and a third would have prohibited abortions if a fetal heartbeat could be detected. 
Bluegrass Politics/Beth Musgrave 
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FRANKFORT/STATEWIDE HEADLINES
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Kentucky jobless rate drops to 8.7% for February press release
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Senate panel OKs exemption for companies from disclosure laws Herald-Leader 
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Kentucky House approves task force to study death penalty Bluegrass Politics
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Agreement reached on pill mill legislation Courier-Journal 
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Treasure hunter bill hits roadblock WBKO
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Senate panel approves open records clarification Herald-Leader
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Kentucky court upholds state's prevailing wage law Herald-Leader 
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Alternative energy supporters push agenda to lawmakers Bluegrass Politics
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Who are Kentucky's top 25 largest employers? Think Kentucky 
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Kentucky ranks 44th in woman-owned firms Business First 
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Paul Begala and William Kristol to headline Kentucky Chamber event Business First 
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State fair commissioner to step down Courier-Journal
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FORMER STATE TREASURER MAKES CASE FOR HEMP LEGISLATION
Supportive and opposing viewpoints on legalizing industrial hemp in Kentucky cross party lines. Democrat and former state treasurer Jonathan Miller joins Republican Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer in supporting hemp: 
The subject of hemp, while discussed and debated for decades, unfortunately has been mostly seen as a cause célèbre of the political margins, either the “hippie” Far Left or the libertarian Far Right. But my recent experience with the issue reveals that public support for industrial hemp legalization — particularly within the agricultural community — is reaching a tipping point.

And it’s time for the business community to shoulder-pad-up and push legalized industrial hemp across the goal line. 
Kentucky Forward/Jonathan Miller  
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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SPOTLIGHT ON LATONIA'S SWING THIS KETTLEBELLS
A new way to work out in Covington: 
At Swing This, kettlebells, medicine balls, ropes and other non-traditional items take the place of exercise machines and patrons are encouraged to spend more time focusing on their workout, rather than on their appearance in the mirror. 
Cincinnati Enquirer/Amanda Joering Alley 
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MAINSTRASSE: Looking for antique vendors for 4th Sunday sales Cincinnati Enquirer 
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THIS MORNING'S NEWS
An update on cul-de-sacGate; State Rep's ties to Southbank Partners questioned; A preview of Covington's soon-to-open Whackburger; Plus, a Holmes grad reports from his trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Click it. 
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TORNADO RECOVERY HEADLINES
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House committee supports tornado victims WFPL 
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Free legal help available to victims WKYT 
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Help West Liberty students go to prom in style State-Journal 
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Food benefits still available press release 
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Kentucky fans take over Atlanta WKYT 
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Top 10 Kentucky "payback" games Herald-Leader 
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Comparing the programs: UK & IU Herald-Leader 
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SICK FANS CREDITS WILDCATS FOR BEING HIS CURE
That's the power of the Big Blue Nation: 
Clark is not talking about the common cold. "A couple years ago, I had liver disease." In addition to liver disease, he's been dealing with a serious back injury.
But, Clark's luck is about to change. 
WKYT 
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HEADLINE OF THE DAY:
Kentucky Man Gets New Trial Over Furby Evidence
Seriously. A man convicted of killing his girlfriend will have another shot at freedom because he once took a shot at a toy - a very good shot - and that toy was just rule inadmissible as evidence. 
84 WHAS

STATE EDUCATION PROGRAM FUNDS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN COVINGTON

by Michael Monks 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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GEAR UP Kentucky will rally at Holmes High School Friday morning to announce the twenty-nine schools selected to participate in a new $26.9 million college-readiness program. The list of schools receiving the funds is being withheld until the announcement but a press release from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education indicates that 450 7th grade students from Holmes Middle School, Newport Middle School, and Bellevue High School will be in attendance. 
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From the release: 
GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, anticipates serving 10,000 Kentucky students from low-income schools over the life of the six-year federal grant. The program serves entire cohorts of students and follows them throughout high school.
Following the rally, students will visit the campus of Northern Kentucky University for a college awareness activity. 
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The rally starts at 10:00AM with a welcome by Holmes High School principal Sean Bohannan and will feature remarks by NKU President James Votruba as well as a speech by a former GEAR UP student that is now a student at NKU and a performance by the NKU Dance for Fitness Tour Troupe and Holmes students. 

NEWS ROUND-UP -- THURSDAY MORNING 22 MAR

by Michael Monks 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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UPDATE: Covington City Hall confirms to The River City News that the city commission never approved the removal of the cul-de-sac gardens and that the decision came from an infrastructure committee meeting. For that story, click here.
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WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE CUL-DE-SACS IN SOUTH COVINGTON?
No one seems to know! The River City News broke this story last night after talking with South Covington residents who explained that the gardens that feature prominently in the middle of several cul-de-sacs have either already been removed or are slated to be removed later. Shockingly, no one at City Hall has been able to explain why this is happening as it was never discussed at any public meetings. Needless to say, South Covington residents are irate. Click the link for the full story. 
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RIVER'S EDGE DEVELOPMENT WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED
River's Edge at Eastside Pointe will proceed as planned despite the findings of a consulting firm that suggested the bidding process should be reopened. Management from the Atlanta-based company developing the project was in town today to explain how the process worked and why there should be no problems. Full story at the link. 
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STATE REP. KEENE'S TIES TO SOUTHBANK PARTNERS QUESTIONED
The Wilder Democrat who represents Campbell County's river cities and who also serves as an adviser to Southbank Partners, a regional waterfront entity of which Covington is part, is being questioned for his supportive vote of the state's budget bill which allocates funds to Southbank: 
The commission’s informal opinion said no conflict was involved because the nonprofit group, Southbank Partners, is a public entity rather than a private employer.
“I addressed that with ethics, and got a letter that said I would be able to vote on that,” Keene said Wednesday. “... I was very cautious about that.”
Courier-Journal/Tom Loftus  
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FRANKFORT HEADLINES
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Senate hopes to pass budget today Bluegrass Politics 
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Senate passes bill to make office of Attorney General nonpartisan Courier-Journal 
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Rep. Adam Koenig's bill to allow younger candidates for local offices passes committee WFPL 
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Rep. Webb-Edgington cites tolls and fees as reasons for "no" vote cn|2 
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Senate bill aimed at copper theft WKYT 
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Session has not been pretty but could still be good for kids cn|2 
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Confederate pensions to end WFPL 
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Bill would give credit for pretrial incarceration WKYT 
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House passes nursing home dental bill Bluegrass Politics 
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Ohio hospital forced to pay Kentucky over misleading ad FOX 19 
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Statewide candidates may have to file finance reports online Bluegrass Politics 
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THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
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CRIME REPORTS APP AVAILABLE FOR COVINGTON
From the Covington PD:
Have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? You can download the CrimeReports.com app to your device. Get it now and be informed about what's going on in your neighborhood!
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COVINGTON LUNCHEON TO FOCUS ON TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES
Today from 11:30 - 1:00PM at the Madison Event Center:
The total economic impact of visitor spending during 2010 in Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties was $280.2 million. Eric Summe (NKY Convention & Visitors Bureau) and Linda Antus (Cincinnati USA) will discuss the missions of their organizations and the role of tourism impacting jobs and the economy and will outline what local business leaders can do to create a robust environment for visitors. They'll also discuss how the Tourism Network and local convention bureaus have collaborated for greater impact. 
Covington Business Council 
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NEW BURGER JOINT COMING TO MADISON AVENUE
Whackburger!
Harwood hopes his unusual approach to gourmet burgers will prove popular. He obviously doesn’t think the hamburger restaurant is overdone.
“I don’t believe around here it is,” he said. 
Full story at the link.
NKY Spot 
QUICKIES
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Fourth District Congressional candidates speak to Home Builders Association Cincinnati Enquirer
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Dry counties show higher rates of drunk driving-related crashes Corbin Times-Tribune
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NKY Tri-Ed helped 28 start-ups last year NKY USA 
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NKY flu cases are on the rise NKY Health 
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KY Speedway wants to get everyone in their seats on time Business Courier 
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RELATED: NASCAR seeks younger, multicultural fans Business First 
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NKY home sales on rise Business Courier 
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RELATED: Survey shows that it's cheaper to buy than to rent in NKY The Atlantic Cities 
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Kentucky libraries are vital to internet connection press release 
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Georgetown College conference to discuss today's forms of slavery Herald-Leader 
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NKY Health Dept wants to help combat female fat NKY Health 
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Beach Waterpark won't refund season passes Business Courier 
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                 MARCH MADNESS
Covington's Ricardo Johnson speaks to Covington Schools on his experience as he heads to the Sweet Sixteen as a member of the Ohio Bobcats: 
I am doing really great. My grades were pretty good for this quarter and basketball has been a great process for me in the last couple of weeks. I am really blessed. Thanks for all the love and support you all have posted for me around the community. 
Johnson is a sophomore at Ohio and is a graduate of Holmes where he was a member of the 2009 state champion basketball team. 
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Check out some interesting numbers about UK's work in the NCAA Tournament so far Herald-Leader 
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Bob Knight says the word "Kentucky"! USA Today 
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Calipari will identify donors behind Rupp renovation Herald-Leader 
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Kentucky-born stars of new "Hunger Games" movie have different basketball tastes: one is for UK, the other for UofL Herald-Leader 
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NKU Cheers on Division II tournament at Bank of Kentucky Center Cincinnati Enquirer 
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SEE ALSO: In other UK-related news, former quarterback Tim Couch is honored on a new Maker's Mark bottle Herald-Leader 
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BIG WEEKEND AHEAD AT TURFWAY -- TONIGHT, TOO!
The Vinery Spiral Stakes from which a Derby contender may emerge is this weekend. The NKY Chamber of Commerce hosts a "Call to the Post Cocktail Reception" tonight. The race will air on NBC. More coverage here.