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Week in Review: January 28 - February 3

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

Is Covington a "turkey waiting to be cooked" in the debate over bridge tolls?; Covington Latin grad to appear on Jeopardy!; Plus, a must-see video of the star player on the Holmes basketball team. Click Here

COLUMN: IN KENTUCKY, EDUCATION STILL PAYS

What do you think? Is college a "lousy investment"? No, writes the president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in this column, adding that in Kentucky, college still pays. Click Here

WANTED WOMAN MAY BE ON MAIN STREET IN COVINGTON

Have you seen this woman? She may be in the Main Street area of Covington and is wanted by the Kentucky Probation Department. Details at the link. Click Here

POLICE FIND ESCAPED INMATES CONVICTED IN KENTON CO.

Two men sent to prison from Kenton Co. escape, but are found days later in Cincinnati. Click Here

UK HOLDS OFF TEXAS A&M IN OVERTIME

As Coach Cal says, "Survive and advance". Kentucky holds off Texas A&M in overtime. Click Here

NKU EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO FOUR

The Norse are on a roll! NKU wins its fourth straight game. Click Here

SATURDAY

ROUND-UP: SATURDAY

A Kenton Co. Sheriff Deputy's K-9 busts up a drug house during a training exercise in Florida; Cincinnati's most expensive condos are in Covington & Newport; Those stories and more -- at the link! Click Here

FRIDAY

CITY ELIMINATES IMPOUND LOT BURDEN FROM POLICE DEPARTMENT WORKLOAD

Covington will no longer manage its own impound lot, which frees up police resources, but also alters funds for one pension system. Click Here

INDUSTRIAL HEMP SUPPORT GROWS IN KY, NKY CHAMBER ON BOARD

Industrial hemp in Kentucky is gaining more and more support. Sen. McConnell and the NKY Chamber of Commerce are now publicly behind the effort. Click Here

ANGRY COUPON USERS TAKE TO FACEBOOK OVER KROGER DECISION

Are you upset over Kroger's decision to end double-couponing? Lots of shoppers are and they have taken their frustrations to Facebook. Click Here

HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS WITH KENTUCKY'S FIRST LADY

I got the chance to speak with Kentucky's First Lady, Mrs. Jane Beshear, on Friday. She helped collect donations for domestic violence shelters. Check out the story at the link.  -Michael Click Here

SCHOOL DISTRICT CALLS SPECIAL MEETING TO PLAN SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH

The Covington Board of Education has called for a special meeting on Monday. Details at the link. Click Here

DOCUMENTARY FILM CREW ATTENDS HOLMES/HIGHLANDS GAME

A documentary film crew was at Friday's Holmes vs. Highlands boys basketball game. Details at the link. Go Bulldogs! Click Here

THURSDAY

ELEVENTH STREET BRIDGE CLOSED PERMANENTLY

The Eleventh Street Bridge will be closed permanently, according to the Transportation Cabinet. Pedestrian access will remain. An interview with the City Manager -- at the link. Click Here

CITY WEBSITE SCORES "C-" FROM TRANSPARENCY GROUP

Do you think the City of Covington's website could use an update? A transparency group just gave the site a "C-" grade. Check out the story at the link. Click Here

ROUND-UP: THURSDAY

"The calf’s head, feet and hide were all that remained." A prized calf is stolen and butchered in Kentucky. That story and more in the Thursday round-up. Click Here

IN KENTUCKY, WEALTHY PAY FAR LESS THAN POOR, MIDDLE CLASS

“Many poor and middle-class Kentuckians have seen their wages stagnate or decline. Yet the wealthiest pay far less of their income in taxes.” Click Here

COLUMN: TIME FOR REASONABLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION

"We have the opportunity. Let’s take it. We are better than this." Chairman of the Kenton Co. Democrats says the time for reasonable gun safety legislation is now. Click Here

COVINGTON-BASED ASHLAND, INC TO INVEST $15 MILLION IN CALVERT CITY FACILITY

Covington-based company to invest $15 million in its Calvert City facility. Click Here

WEDNESDAY

PLANS TO RE-OPEN MIKE FINK FLOATING RESTAURANT SINK

It was announced in August that a new partnership would re-open the Mike Fink floating restaurant, ideally in time for Reds Opening Day. Those original plans have changed. "We have invested a tremendous amount into the Mike Fink, and are committed to reopening for business. Unfortunately, we did hit a set back before the new year." -Jimmy Bernstein (Full statement on the delayed re-opening of the Mike Fink -- at the link.) Click Here

NEW DEVOU PARK CLUBHOUSE COULD BE EVENTS CENTER, TOO

A $3-4 million new events center could be in store for Covington's Devou Park if plans for a new clubhouse come to fruition. Full story at the link. Click Here

OHIO GOVERNOR VOWS TO CONTINUE TO "STEAL" KENTUCKY JOBS

Stealing Kentucky jobs? Ohio's governor says he will continue to do it, in remarks directed at anti-toll legislators. A Covington City Commissioner calls the governor a "bully". Click Here

GOVERNOR TO APPEAR IN COVINGTON FOR JOBS ANNOUNCEMENT

New jobs are coming to Latonia, and the Governor is expected to take part in the announcement. But where the company intends to locate is not yet known publicly. Click Here

STUDENTS SCORE HIGHER ON COLLEGE READINESS TESTS

Newly released results show improvement for Kentucky students on two standardized tests. “Both tests are important tools for educators, students and parents to use when planning for the future.” Details at the link. Click Here

NERLENS NOEL SETS UK SINGLE-GAME BLOCK RECORD

How 'bout that Nerlens Noel? How 'bout that Kyle Wiltjer? Both put up big games for UK in a much-needed win on the road against 16th-ranked Ole Miss. Click Here

TUESDAY

NOTE: Tuesday's headlines were lost when the RCN website transitioned to its new server. But, the good news is that the website should be moving much faster for you! So, instead of headlines for this day, here's Lynyrd Skynyrd performing "Tuesday's Gone":

MONDAY & OTHER BIG NEWS FROM THE WEEK

COVINGTON LEADERS TAKE OFFICIAL STANCE ON BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE TOLLS

Covington takes a "No" stance on tolls and public-private partnerships for Brent Spence Bridge project. "I feel personally that this is being rushed and not enough input has been gotten by the communities being affected," Mayor Carran said. Click Here

MAN ARRESTED AFTER STRIKING VEHICLE, TRASH CAN IN MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE

The man accused of driving intoxicatedly through Mainstrasse Village and striking at least one other vehicle and a trash can will be in court this morning. Story & photos at the link. Click Here

PROBE TARGETS KENTUCKY-BASED PYRAMID SCHEME

"Today's actions are the beginning of the end for one of the most prolific pyramid schemes operating in North America." A Kentucky-based company faces legal action today. Click Here

LOW-COST CARRIER FRONTIER AIRLINES TO BEGIN SERVICE AT CVG AIRPORT

CVG Airport finally lands a low-cost carrier. Welcome, Frontier Airlines! A special rate is being offered, too. Details at the link! Click Here

THE HIDDEN VALUE OF A CITY'S SACRED PLACES

Calling Covington "an amazing place", an expert on preserving and re-purposing churches came to town to detail the economic impact sacred places have on communities. Click Here

CITY HALL MEET & GREET ADDRESSES CITIZENS' CONCERNS

The City of Covington's first "meet & greet" between the public and city leaders was well attended. Details (and the date for the next one) at the link. Click Here

GOVERNOR URGES WORKERS TO FILE FOR EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT

“Despite being employed, many hardworking Kentuckians and their families face financial struggles and this credit is a valuable resource they can use to help buy food and clothes, pay bills and more.” Click Here

MASSIE SIGNS ON TO DAVIS'S SIGNATURE BILL

Northern Kentucky's new Congressman is now a co-sponsor of the signature bill sponsored by Northern Kentucky's old Congressman. Click Here

 

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Photo: Scoreboard after Holmes routs Highlands 67-36 Friday/RCN