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Round-Up: Monday January 21

Take a look at what's making news around Covington and around the Commonwealth:

TRUCK COMPANIES WORKING TO AVOID TOLLS ON NEW BRIDGE

One concern of opponents to tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge project is that freight trucks would move to avoid paying them, forcing the traffic elsewhere. It looks like those plans are already underway:

Leading their list of options: Taking alternate routes and moving truck traffic elsewhere, or passing the cost of tolls on to consumers who buy the freight being shipped.

Either way, a unified effort by the trucking industry could have far-reaching implications along Interstate 75, one of the nation’s most heavily trafficked truck routes.

“That toll’s going to kill us,” said Rick Harris, operations manager for Harris Distributing in Northside.

Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer/Jason Williams

WEAPONS SALES SOAR IN KENTUCKY AMID THREAT OF NEW REGULATIONS

The effort for new gun control laws at the federal level has spiked sales of weapons in Kentucky:

"It's a scare. A big scare over a lot of political backwash," said Michael Newsome, a 19-year-old gun enthusiast who spent Friday night shooting rounds at a Lexington gun range. "But people are running out to buy this stuff, and companies are cashing in on it."

As talk of stricter federal gun-control laws heated up, the FBI recorded about 40,000 more firearms background checks of Kentuckians in December than the previous month. It was the most drastic month-to-month increase in the state since July 2006, when authorities began using the background check system to verify eligibility of concealed-carry permit holders.

Data was not available for January, but gun shop owners say things have been busy.

Full story: Herald-Leader/Josh Kegley

SEE ALSO: Sen. McConnell ad offers warning that President Obama & Demcorats are coming for your guns WFPL

SEE ALSO: Kentucky teen shoots friend with grandfather's gun Herald-Leader

"REVOLT AT CINCINNATI" IN 1977 CHANGED COURSE OF NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION

A timely piece of history:

About 30,000 delegates attended the annual meeting May 21, 1977. Reformers wore blaze orange hunting caps and communicated via walkie-talkie around the convention floor. The NRA leaders shut off the air conditioning to discourage them.

The contentious meeting lasted until 4 a.m. A vote by 1,000 life members ousted the NRA’s chief operative, executive vice president Maxwell Rich, and his cronies. Carter was selected as Rich’s replacement.

This was more than a changing of the guard; it was a change of purpose.

Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer/Jeff Suess

MARINE FROM INDEPENDENCE TO BE SEEN AT PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Marine Sergeant Timothy Spreder, 25, of Independence will carry the Presidential flag where Barack Obama will take his second Oath of Office Monday:

Spreder is the Marine Corps' Color Sergeant. It's top-ranking color guard member, hand picked by the Marine Commandant. He carries the American flag in Marine ceremonies. Monday is a big deal for him-maybe even bigger for his mom and dad. "It's amazing. A real sense of pride."

"I mean there's a lot of people who can say they have a part in the inauguration but to him to be standing there with the President and the Vice-President is bigger than I had ever imagined." 

Full story: WKRC

HEADLINES:

Sen. Rand Paul to oppose second Hurricane Sandy relief bill WFPL

Kentucky businessman top candidate (edging out magazine mogul Anna Wintour) for London Ambassador post Standard

Kentucky horseman Henry White dies The Blood-Horse

Drama goes down during handshake between coaches in UK-Auburn women's basketball game Kentucky Sports Radio

SCOTT HIGH SCHOOL UNDERGOING MORE RENOVATIONS

A year after Scott High School moved its entrance to the rear of the building following a massive renovation, even more changes are on the way for the 35-year old school. The new main entrance is picutred above and you can see another rendering of the changes here: SHS Facebook

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