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Week in Review: January 14 - 20

 

At The River City News you get More Covington News Than Any Other Source. Here's a look back at the week that was and all the headlines from your city:

SUNDAY

ROUND-UP: SUNDAY

Local heroin epidemic "far worse than the public realizes"; The new school safety measures being considered in Frankfort; Plus, Ashley Judd talks about her possible Senate run against Mitch McConnell. Click Here

STATE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION PASSES SIX SOCIAL JUSTICE RESOLUTIONS

Support new federal gun control laws, raise the state dropout age to 18, and add sexual orientation protection to state Civil Rights Act, are part of six resolutions passed by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Click Here

EMERGENCY SHELTER SUCCESS STORY

Covington's Emergency Shelter helps a 65-year old homeless veteran land his first apartment. Click Here

DANGEROUS, BELOW ZERO WIND CHILLS IN FORECAST

Yikes! Wind chill factor of minus-7 degrees tomorrow? Your terribly cold 7-day forecast is at the link. Click Here

FINALLY, WILDCATS SCORE A ROUT IN SEC

Now, that's more like it. UK wins big at Auburn. Click Here

NORSE MEN, WOMEN TRIPPED UP ON FLORIDA ROAD TRIP

Norse men and women lose at Florida Gulf Coast. Click Here

SATURDAY

ROUND-UP: SATURDAY

"Do we need these empty storefronts?" Effort continues to create brighter future for Downtown Covington; Plus, a Covington Latin senior is breaking local legend David Justice's basketball records. Click Here

LAKE CUMBERLAND WATER LEVEL TO RISE TWENTY FEET

Are you a fan of Lake Cumberland? Tourism is expected to get a boost this year now that the lake's water level will be raised. Details at the link. Click Here

KY SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON HOSTS INAUGURAL BALL

The best pre-inauguration party in our nation's capital is hosted by the Kentucky Society of Washington. Read all about the black-tie Bluegrass Ball -- at the link. Click Here

FRIDAY

HOLMES TO END INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

Holmes High School will move to end its International Baccalaureate program after the 2013-14 school year. Story at the link. Click Here

FLORENCE FREEDOM PROMOTION HIGHLIGHTS FAKE GIRLFRIEND STORY

You know the story about the Notre Dame football player and his fake girlfriend? The Florence Freedom are cashing in with a Manti T'eo's Girlfriend Bobblehead Night. No, really. Click Here

BUILD OUR NEW BRIDGE NOW COALITION ADDS THREE NEW LEADERS

"Build Our New Bridge Now" coalition adds three new leaders. Click Here

MAN BURNED IN COVINGTON HOUSE FIRE

Man suffers burns to hands and arms after a house on E. 15th Street catches fire Friday morning. Click Here

NKY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, UNION GROUP JOIN FORCES TO PUSH FOR NEW BRIDGE, OTHER ISSUES

The NKY Chamber of Commerce and a Labor organization joined together to push for bridge project, expanded gaming, and more. Details at the link. Click Here

APARTMENTS NEAR NKU SETTLE HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT

Apartments near NKU campus settle human rights complaint. Click Here

THURSDAY

JOBLESS RATE DROPS TO 8.1% IN KENTUCKY

Kentucky's jobless rate dropped from 8.2% to 8.1% in December. Click Here

ROUND-UP: THURSDAY

Kentucky Senator supports arming teachers & principals; State Supreme Court justice retires after brain tumor diagnosis; A Kentucky teen and his friend are in jail after plotting to kill one's parents. Those stories and more -- at the link. Click Here

GATEWAY COLLEGE MOVES MORE OPERATIONS TO DOWNTOWN COVINGTON

“We are very excited to offer additional classes and programs in downtown Covington. Not only does this expansion bring us another step closer to the Urban Campus, it also offers accessible, affordable training opportunities in growing, high-tech fields to urban residents.” Click Here

HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS BY SHOPPING

You can help domestic violence shelters here and across Kentucky by shopping at Kroger on February 2. Click Here

NEW ORGAN DONOR SYMBOL AVAILABLE FOR KY DRIVER'S LICENSES

Are you an organ donor? There's a new way to show it on your Kentucky driver's license. Details at the link. Click Here

WEDNESDAY

ROUND-UP: WENDESDAY

Why Kentucky school districts will soon have to pay $50 million; Check out what's making news around Covington and around Kentucky in the Wednesday Round-Up. Click Here

KY CONGRESSMAN WANTS TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD OF MONEY IN POLITICS

Do you think corporations and special interests have too much influence on campaigns? A Kentucky Congressman does, too, and he's filed a bill to change it. Click Here

FUTURE OF COVINGTON SOFTBALL LEAGUES IN DOUBT

Covington softball players are upset that the City has decided to shut down the decades-old adult leagues. But after a meeting at City Hall Tuesday night, the issue may be reopened. Click Here

EDUCATION COMMISSIONER VISITS ALL 174 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN KENTUCKY

“Our teachers, principals, superintendents and other staff are doing a great job educating our students in spite of budget cuts, new standards and assessments, and higher expectations." Click Here

CITY OF COVINGTON BUYS TRAILER PARK FOR $200,000

City of Covington buys trailer park for $200,000 and will close it down. But the vote to approve the move was not unanimous. Click Here

KY AMONG TOP 10 STATES FOR DOG, CAT OWNERSHIP

Kentucky is big on dogs & cats, ranking third for households with dogs and seventh for households with cats. Are you a cat or a dog person? Click Here

NKY FORUM TO FEATURE NKY LEGISLATORS

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, and State Reps. Arnold Simpson & Adam Koenig are part of a panel discussion in Park Hills on the issues facing the 2013 General Assembly. Details on how to attend -- at the link. Click Here

CATS HOLD OFF TENNESSEE WITH WILTJER'S 17 POINTS

It wasn't a pretty game, but as Coach Cal says, "Survive and advance." Full recap of UK's win over Tennessee -- at the link. Click Here

NKU TO HONOR REDS CEO AS MASTER ENTREPRENEUR

NKU will honor Reds owner Bob Castellini as the region's Master Entrepreneur. Click Here

TUESDAY

THREE KILLED IN SHOOTING AT HAZARD COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Two people are dead and a teen girl is wounded after a shooting on the campus of Hazard Community & Technical College in Kentucky. Click Here

KY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REACTS TO SMALL TOWN'S GAY RIGHTS ORDINANCE

“This act demonstrates a widening view by people everywhere that no one deserves to be mistreated, bullied, abused or otherwise victimized by the cruelty of discrimination and this is great news for Kentuckians.” Click Here

ROUND-UP: TUESDAY

Monday was a difficult day for the families of two Covington murder victims; We're closer to a special business district in Downtown Covington; Plus, the Carnegie issues its call to artists. Those stories and more -- at the link! Click Here

STATE RELEASES PSA TO WARN PARENTS OF SIGNS OF HEROIN ABUSE

State releases video for parents highlighting the warning signs of heroin abuse. Watch it at the link. Click Here

COVINGTON MAYOR TALKS BRIDGE PROJECT IN RADIO INTERVIEW

Mayor Sherry Carran talks about the Brent Spence Bridge project in an interview with 700 WLW's Bill Cunningham. Details on why the city has not taken a formal position on tolls -- at the link. Click Here

KY PAIN CLINIC OWNER INDICTED, ARRESTED

A former Kentucky pain clinic owner is indicted and arrested, accused of prescription drug and money laundering conspiracies. Click Here

MONDAY

SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN "NOT NEARLY AS DRAMATIC AS IT APPEARED"

"The search Saturday wasn't nearly as dramatic as it appeared in the media." Plus, check out who's going to prison this week in RCN's exclusive weekly chat with Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders. Click Here

EIGHT DIE ON KY ROADWAYS LAST WEEK

Eight people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways last week. Click Here

MAN GETS 25 YEARS FOR MURDER COMMITTED AS TEEN

He was 17-years old when he shot and killed a man on a Covington street. Now, Stacey Spencer will spend 25 years in prison. Click Here

ROUND-UP: MONDAY

"Covington is fast becoming another go-to destination for artist studios, gallery shows"; Sen. Rand Paul's son accused of assaulting flight attendant; Plus, what's led the Holmes basketball team to its 18-0 record? Click Here

HOLMES TEACHER WRITES OP-ED ON NEW TEACHING STANDARDS

Holmes teacher writes op-ed in support of fiction & non-fiction reading in all classes. Click Here

STATE'S FIRST TORNADO OF 2013 RECORDED

Kentucky saw its first tornado of the year over the weekend. Click Here

KENTUCKY CENTURY CHALLENGE FEATURES FOUR CYCLING EVENTS

Hey, cyclists, there are four opportunities go on hundred-mile rides in the Kentucky Century Challenge. Details at the link. Click Here

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Photo: Sunset over Ohio River Wednesday evening, submitted by reader Joshua C. Gaunt