Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer http://weku.fm en Brent Spence Traffic Alternatives Discussed http://weku.fm/post/brent-spence-traffic-alternatives-discussed <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20120506/NEWS01/305060025/Brent-Spence-traffic-alternatives-pondered?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">When Neil Gilreath drives streets</a> in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, he sees things differently than a typical motorist. That&rsquo;s because as a Covington police sergeant before his 2006 retirement, he headed the police traffic unit more than eight years. That group works to tame traffic in the Interstate 71/75 Cut in the Hill and on the overburdened Brent Spence Bridge. The Brent Spence Bridge conveys about 150,000 vehicles a day over the Ohio River, while the I-471 Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, also known as the Big Mac Bridge, carries more than 100,000 daily according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Gilreath&rsquo;s ideas, along with other alternatives such as using Newport and Covington streets or an improved Ky. 9, are among the ideas to alleviate traffic issues. Sun, 06 May 2012 17:24:04 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 26024 at http://weku.fm Northern Kentucky Looks to Limit Smoking http://weku.fm/post/northern-kentucky-looks-limit-smoking <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20120204/NEWS0103/302050021/NKY-looks-further-limit-smoking?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Northern Kentucky&#39;s smoking opponents </a>lost a battle last year when Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties decided not to impose indoor smoking bans for restaurants and other businesses. But the Northern Kentucky Health Department is trying to clear the smoke from other areas, including Covington&rsquo;s public housing projects and the city&rsquo;s swimming pools. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month awarded the health department and city $26,950 to explore non-smoking policies in its housing-authority apartments and $4,000 more to expand smoke-free areas around three city pools and a water park. Sun, 05 Feb 2012 17:41:19 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 20850 at http://weku.fm Northern Kentucky Looks to Limit Smoking Judge Allows Methadone Clinic in Shopping Center http://weku.fm/post/judge-allows-methadone-clinic-shopping-center <p><a href="http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20111206/NEWS01/312070072&amp;Ref=AR">City leaders misinterpreted Covington&rsquo;s zoning code</a> when they decided NKY Med LLC had to obtain a zoning exemption to open a methadone clinic in the Latonia Shopping Center, a federal judge has ruled. Covington-based U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman, in a decision dated Monday, found the city had incorrectly categorized the proposed facility as an &ldquo;addiction treatment facility&rdquo; under its zoning laws. The center would dispense methadone and Suboxone to treat addictions to heroin and narcotic painkillers. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 15:17:37 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 17561 at http://weku.fm Complete Overhaul Slated for Northern Kentucky's I-471 http://weku.fm/post/complete-overhaul-slated-northern-kentuckys-i-471 <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20111031/NEWS0103/111010322/Overhaul-slated-471?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Some Newport residents and</a> their City Commission wish Interstate 471 would quiet the heck down. Not so much the cars on the interstate, but the pavement itself, which causes rumbling sounds and makes chocka-chocka noises as tires speed over it. Rob Hans, the chief district engineer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet&#39;s District 6, promises whatever form of pavement the state uses to replace the worn out, late-1970s concrete pavement definitely will be quieter than the noisy material there now.</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:54:00 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 15408 at http://weku.fm New Mayor Takes Over in Covington http://weku.fm/post/new-mayor-takes-over-covington <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20111024/NEWS0103/310240056/Covington-swear-mayor?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|">Businessman Chuck Scheper </a>will be named mayor of Northern Kentucky&rsquo;s largest city on Tuesday to serve out the term of Denny Bowman, who resigned in September. Scheper, one of three people interviewed by city commissioners, will be sworn in during a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.</p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:18:45 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 14959 at http://weku.fm Northern Kentucky has Record Payroll Revenue http://weku.fm/post/northern-kentucky-has-record-payroll-revenue <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20111015/NEWS0103/110160317/N-Ky-has-record-payroll-revenue?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Payroll-tax receipts of Northern Kentucky&#39;s three upper counties</a> indicate the region&#39;s pay is recovering toward 2008 levels, even as many remain unemployed. Payroll tax receipts received from July through September hit an all-time high for a year&#39;s third quarter in Boone and Campbell counties. When combined with Kenton County&#39;s receipts the total payroll-tax revenues for the three counties also set a record, a Kentucky Enquirer analysis found.</p><p> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 19:45:30 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 14398 at http://weku.fm 'Fake Marijuana' Skirts Laws http://weku.fm/post/fake-marijuana-skirts-laws <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20111011/NEWS0103/110120329/-Fake-marijuana-skirts-laws?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Some convenience stores, head shops, liquor stores</a> and gas stations across Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati are selling what officials describe as &quot;synthetic marijuana.&quot; If the mother and grandmother of 19-year-old Chris Allen can change that, they will. The young man they raised in Florence and Independence went on a two-day binge three weeks ago that led him into a Kentucky state psychiatric hospital with delusions and paranoia. The two are on a mission of informing parents how dangerous and deadly the stuff can be. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:55:46 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 14126 at http://weku.fm 'Fake Marijuana' Skirts Laws Fatal Wrecks Drop in KY. http://weku.fm/post/fatal-wrecks-drop-ky <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20111010/NEWS0103/110110321 "><strong>Roadway deaths across Kentucky</strong></a> are significantly lower this year than prior years, and the state appears headed for its sixth straight year of decreases. As of early Monday, 549 people were killed on highways and other roads across the commonwealth, down 7.7 percent from the same point last year, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:36:12 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 14058 at http://weku.fm Murals Spread Throughout River Cities http://weku.fm/post/murals-spread-throughout-river-cities <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110918/NEWS0103/109190301/Murals-spreading-throughout-river-cities?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Since the summer of 2009, beauty has been spreading on buildings in Covington,</a> and this summer it reached Newport. Bellevue may be next. Creative area teens, led by professional artists, first made their mark two years ago on a building in Covington&#39;s MainStrasse neighborhood. The whimsical mural, depicting cartoon-like figures having fun with the arts in Covington, was created under a program by Cincinnati-based ArtWorks. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:17:57 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 12704 at http://weku.fm Murals Spread Throughout River Cities Covington Mayor Steps Down http://weku.fm/post/covington-mayor-steps-down <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110917/NEWS0108/109170343">The Internal Revenue Service wants to stay in Covington</a>, keeping several thousand jobs in the city - and Covington Mayor Denny Bowman plans to step down from office Sept. 30, after 27 years working for the city. The two stories became interwoven Friday when Bowman, contacted for his comments about a proposed letter of intent between the city and federal government over the IRS facility, complained City Manager Larry Klein and other city staff had not kept him updated about the IRS plans. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:13:39 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 12703 at http://weku.fm Covington Mayor Steps Down Neighbors Dislike Solar Panels http://weku.fm/post/neighbors-dislike-solar-panels <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110911/NEWS0103/109110315/Solar-panels-rile-neighbor?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">When Becky Bush looks out the windows of the living room</a> in the new home where she and husband Perry plan to retire, the dominant view is of her neighbor&#39;s solar panels. If someone didn&#39;t know better, they would think the panels were in her backyard, rather than her neighbor&#39;s. But because of the properties&#39; irregular configuration, the land belongs to the neighbor. The group of panels - totaling about 10 feet by 16 feet, and approximately 30 feet behind the Bush house - is ugly and spoils their scenic view, Becky Bush says. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 14:07:35 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 12204 at http://weku.fm Neighbors Dislike Solar Panels Covington May Lose Two Major Employers http://weku.fm/post/covington-may-lose-two-major-employers <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110828/NEWS0103/108290301/Covington-worried-about-Omnicare-Nielsen?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Officials in Covington, Northern Kentucky&#39;s largest city</a>, are concerned two significant employers - Omnicare Inc. and The Nielsen Co. (formerly known as AC Nielsen) - may be lured across the Ohio River or to another part of Northern Kentucky, taking not only two prestigious firms from Covington&#39;s riverfront office towers, but also approximately $1 million in combined annual payroll taxes. Covington officials believe a combination of forces have increased the possibility Nielsen and Omnicare may move. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:10:13 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 11430 at http://weku.fm Campers Settle in at KY Speedway http://weku.fm/post/campers-settle-ky-speedway <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20110705/SPT0601/107060334/ "><strong>They say life&#39;s pretty sweet in Hershey, Pa</strong></a>., but the Fletcher families - three brothers and their kin -- chose to spend this week, beginning Tuesday, camping out at the Kentucky Speedway. &quot;It&#39;s your inaugural race&quot; in NASCAR&#39;s Sprint Cup series, the top tier of stock-car racing, said Ann Fletcher, explaining why this is the one Sprint Cup race the Fletcher clan intends to visit in 2011. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 16:19:58 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 7974 at http://weku.fm Rainy Spring Causes Issues for Vineyards http://weku.fm/post/rainy-spring-causes-issues-vineyards <p><a href="http://nky.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20110530/NEWS0103/105310312/">If you&#39;ve had trouble mowing </a>your lawn this rainy spring, you can relate to what Northern Kentucky&#39;s grape growers have been going through in tending their vineyards. Something that can harm a grape yield is fungus, which thrives on moisture. The wetter it is, the more growers feel compelled to spray their vines with fungicides to keep away problems like black rot and mildews. Tue, 31 May 2011 12:28:11 +0000 Mike Rutledge, The Kentucky Enquirer 5105 at http://weku.fm