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Headlines for Tuesday Morning September 11

A Covington City Hall staffer is honored by a national publication; Last year's Republican gubernatorial ticket got a double dose of bad headlines with one filing for divorce and the other losing a home; Cincinnati/NKY economy touted as one of the best in the nation; KY lawmakers wants to hold back third-graders not reading on grade level. These are your headlines for Tuesday morning, September 11:
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City of Covington historic preservation officer Beth Johnson was named by Professional Remodeler Magazine as one of the 40 TOP Remodelers Under 40. The article won't go online until the end of this week at this link but you can see the portion dedicated to Johnson in the photo attached to this post. Congratulations, Beth!
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Leader of Covington-based C-Forward is recognized as one of the Faces of the Next Gen 250 by CRN (Congratulations, Brent Cooper!)
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Cincinnati/NKY boasts one of America's strongest economies Business Courier
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How do the Presidential candidates fare on the Brent Spence Bridge project? Cincinnati Enquirer
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Obama punching bag sold near Louisville:

A mom-and-pop hardware store in Kentucky is reportedly selling the Obama Bop, an inflatable punching bag with the likeness of President Barack Obama on it. On the toy, the president appears as a boxer with a black eye.
Owner Kenneth Stout of Stout's Building Center in Mount Washington, Ky., insists that the 5-foot tall punching bag was set up as a joke, but Texas Democratic strategist Matt Angle dismissed it as a cheap ploy for attention.
Regardless, some customers were shocked by the store's political display.

Full story with video: Huffington Post
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Governor Steve Beshear on 9/11 anniversary:

Governor Steve Beshear asks all Kentuckians to remember each of the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor their memories by lowering flags on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
“September 11, 2001 was one of the darkest days in our country’s history.  Nearly 3,000 Americans died that day, and even though years have passed, the pain will never be fully erased,” Gov. Beshear said. “I call on all Kentuckians to remember and honor these Americans and their families on 9/11.”
The governor is also requesting that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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State Senate President and 2011 GOP nominee for KY Governor David Williams files for divorce Courier-Journal
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Williams's running mate, Richie Farmer, had a hip replacement and lost his house Herald-Leader
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State Auditor Adam Edelen's presence at Democratic National Convention sparks more rumors that he may run for Governor in 2015 cn|2
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SEE ALSO: Kentucky Democrats seek to bring back message from Charlotte cn|2
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State lawmaker aims to hold back third-graders who can't read:
 

The law--in draft form--is similar to those in over a dozen other states.According to an article in Time Magazine, 13 states adopted legislation in 2012 that would intervene in third grade if students were identified as poor readers. Fourteen states have laws that actually hold back students who don't reach the benchmark in reading.
In Kentucky, around two-thirds of high school students are not proficient in readingaccording to the state's assessment and results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress--which measures 4th and 8th grade students--show similar results.
Rep.Joni Jenkins, D-44, works with community college students, many who struggle with reading skills. So, she’s looking to states like Ohio that have legislation in place targeting third-graders. 

Full story: WFPL
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Ford to increase charitable giving in Kentucky 84 WHAS
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In Cincinnati, 3CDC commits to shared parking plan in Over-the-Rhine Urban Cincy
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Former commissioner of Kentucky High School Athletic Association dies Kentucky Forward
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Florence Freedom advance to championship series Cincinnati Enquirer
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NKU baseball begins Division I era College Baseball Insider

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