Northern Kentucky

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding a public meeting Thursday in Florence as it considers Duke Energy's request to raise rates an average of $15 a month.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about Saturday's Northern Kentucky Legislative Conference at Highland High School in Fort Thomas. About 500 residents showed up; and many of them gave legislators an earful about Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed budget cuts to K-12 and higher education. They want the legislators to go back to Frankfort and write a budget that restores the Bevin cuts. 

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The Northern Kentucky neighborhood of Latonia was an independent city until 1909, when it was annexed by the city of Covington. Once known for horse racing, Latonia, like many communities in Greater Cincinnati, has seen its share of ups and downs during its 150 year history.

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A group of prominent Northern Kentucky business and civic leaders recently created the Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, a foundation that will focus on funding key community needs and programs in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

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Northern Kentucky organizations are partnering in projects to spark creativity, develop community and help local residents make home repairs and grow more of their own food. The Center for Great Neighborhoods awarded a grant to the digital branch of the Kenton County Public Library to create FORGE, a maker space and mini-library. The Center, Kenton County Public Library and Wolf Tree Farms are working together to offer free tool rentals to area residents for home improvement and gardening. 

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011-2015 American Community Survey, 18.5 percent of people in Kentucky live below the poverty level. One of the challenges to reducing poverty is for communities to provide access to affordable housing.

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Gateway Community and Technical College, founded in 2002, is Northern Kentucky's only public, accredited, comprehensive two-year institution. Last summer, Dr. Fernando Figueroa became Gateway's President and CEO, only the second in the school's history.

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A transportation research group is advocating for more spending for Kentucky's roads. TRIP says Kentuckians spend nearly $1,700 per driver on crashes, congestion-related delays and vehicle operating costs affected by road conditions. That adds up to $4 billion statewide.

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Daily stories of overdoses, deaths and efforts to reduce opioid addiction have made us all too aware of the continuing drug crisis taking place in Greater Cincinnati. 

The iconic 1960's rock musical Hair is the next production from The Footlighters in Northern Kentucky. 

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Last summer, Skyward released the myNKY plan, a five year strategic roadmap for the economic and social growth of Northern Kentucky. 

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Heroin abuse is becoming epidemic across the country, and the Northern Kentucky area has been particularly hard hit, experiencing a dramatic increase in those addicted to the drug and overdose deaths. Local communities, law enforcement, service agencies and medical professionals are collaborating on efforts to reduce heroin use, but there are different views on how best to combat the problem.

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Kentucky is currently ranked 47th out of 50 states in overall health. LiveWell NKY, a new community-wide initiative, is hoping to change this for Northern Kentucky residents. The initiative is being launched by Skyward, which is in charge of Northern Kentucky’'s strategic plan, myNKY.

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With the advent of affordable cars and improved roads, streetcars, once a prime form of public transit in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, came to the end of the line. Northern Kentucky’'s streetcar system closed in 1950. Cincinnati’'s in 1951.

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Homelessness is a serious and continuing problem in Greater Cincinnati, on both sides of the Ohio River. In 2013, the State of Kentucky ranked worst in the nation in the extent of child homelessness. And the number of sheltered individuals in Kenton, Boone and Campbell Counties increased by more than 60 percent in 2014.

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A new Northern Kentucky walking and biking trail is expected to ramp up economic development.

Governor Steve Beshear stood on the largely deserted Covington Landing when handing over a $4 million federal check Wednesday that will help pay for Riverfront Commons, an 11 mile walking and biking trail from Ludlow to Dayton and beyond.

  Last week, Vision 2015, the organization charged with developing and managing Northern Kentucky’s strategic plan, unveiled the myNKY plan, the region's blueprint for the next five years. Vision 2015 also announced a new name for the organization: Skyward

Here to discuss the myNKY plan and Skyward is William Scheyer, president of Skyward, formerly known as Vision 2015.

The Northern Kentucky river cities of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton are experiencing an urban revival with new residents and businesses moving into the city cores.

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A Northern Kentucky revitalization agency is just the third in Greater Cincinnati to earn a federal financing certification.

Development Services Manager Tara Ford says the Catalytic Fund is now a Community Development Financing Institution (CDFI).

 An audit from the Kentucky Immunization Project found most of the children seen at the four health centers of the Northern Kentucky Health Department had received all of the recommended vaccinations. 

95 percent of the children coming through the centers had received all of the recommended immunizations.  District Health Director Dr. Lynne Saddler says most of the remaining five percent received their shots from other providers. 

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Ohio and Kentucky will share the costs of building a new bridge between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  The Brent Spence Bridge has been deemed functionally obsolete, carrying more traffic than intended. 

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An Italian company that makes power transmissions for mobile and self-propelled machines, operating near the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport since 2007, has finished an expansion and will hire 42 people.

Thursday Bonfiglioli USA, the company's North American headquarters, celebrated the opening of its first U.S. production line including planetary gearboxes for mobile machinery, used to support the construction, mining, agricultural and forestry industries.

Bonfiglioli USA is a subsidiary of Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A., is based in Bologna, Italy.

  Later this month, Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park is presenting the world premiere of Safe House, by playwright Keith Josef Adkins.

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  Scholar House is a housing and education initiative in Kentucky that enables the head-of-household to reach self-sufficiency based on a comprehensive, two-generation approach. The housing and education components are operated as one unit, with housing dependent on a client’'s successful participation in the education component. This model program for breaking the cycle of poverty, already making a difference in five other communities in the state, will soon be available for eligible single parents in Northern Kentucky.

Toyota plans to relocate nearly 1600 jobs from its Erlanger, KY facility. The car company says it is building a new headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Beginning this summer, approximately 1,000 jobs at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) in Erlanger will be relocated in small batches to Texas. The majority, however, won't move until the new headquarters are built, which could be in late 2016 or early 2017.

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Northern Kentucky's Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (TRI-ED) now has strong numbers to back claims that it continues to attract local, national, and international companies to Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.

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  Almost a decade ago, Vision 2015 was created as a strategic plan and a call to action to identify, prioritize and achieve the goals of the Northern Kentucky Region. Vision 2015 President William L.

Kentucky's economy recovering, but slowly

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A new report on state economic conditions says that Kentucky is still on the road to recovery from the  recession.  

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce president Dave Adkisson said a new report released by the chamber examining data in jobs, wages and housing market growth shows the state has been slowly climbing out of the 2008 recession.

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Tackling the skyrocketing problem of heroin is still on the front burner for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and area lawmakers.

A study released in November said drug overdose deaths have quadrupled in Kentucky since 1999 and now the number is higher than all other states except for West Virginia and New Mexico. Northern Kentucky is seeing more emergency room visits from overdoses and more people dying from overdoses.

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