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Whitney Austin: Keeping guns from those in crisis is as important as protecting the right to ownership

Not everyone gets the chance to look death in the face and come out on the other side with an opportunity to make an impact and save lives. But on September 6, 2018, the opportunity found me when twelve bullets ripped through my body. Thanks to the bravery of the Cincinnati Police Department, the Cincinnati Medical Center, and countless first responders, I survived and was reunited with my precious...

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray provides update on repairs to damaged Brent Spence Bridge

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary (KYTC) Jim Gray on Wednesday updated progress being made to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstates 71 and 75 over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky and is a critical corridor for interstate travel and commerce. “We’re now past the midpoint of this project to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge,” Secretary Gray said....

Work progressing on Brent Spence as repair project reaches halfway mark, gets ready for new concrete

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray detailed progress Wednesday on the emergency repair project to reopen the closed Brent Spence Bridge. Three weeks into the six-week repair project, contractor crews have removed the fire-affected portion of the upper deck of the bridge and new steel support beams have been placed. Transportation Cabinet photos “We literally have all hands on deck as...

Federal appeals court sides with Beshear, allows order to halt classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal appeals court on Sunday morning sided with Gov. Andy Beshear’s order to close religious private schools and others in the state as the coronavirus rages in Kentucky. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted Beshear’s request to temporarily halt a judge’s ruling that would have allowed 17 private Christian schools to reopen. Those schools...

Brent Spence Bridge vehicle crash and fire result in closure of I-75 northbound and southbound lanes

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray updated Kentuckians on the early morning vehicle crash and fire on the I-75 Brent Spence Bridge between Covington and Cincinnati. Fortunately, there are no known serious injuries or deaths resulting from the crash or fire, according to reports from the scene. “This is a very important bridge, not just for the region...

Tim Hanner, his own story: Discovering surprising kidney disease — and dealing with the what’s next?

First of two parts Educator Tim Hanner shares his story in his own words — a story of the journey through discovering his kidney disease and two transplants, a journey of love and kindness and gratitude, a journey of friendships, family and faith, a journey of reflection, acceptance, and strength. And, when all is said and done, it’s the story of a life embraced and well-lived. My beginnings...

COVID-19 pandemic forces Louisville law students to shift prestigious internships to hybrid model

By Stuart Esrock University of Louisville Even as the COVID-19 crisis squeezed millions of jobs out of the market, many University of Louisville students pressed forward with their professional development plans. One such student is Katie Davidson, who recently completed her second year at the Brandeis School of Law. The Louisville native is spending the summer interning with the U.S. Sixth Circuit...

Jamie Vaught: UK non-conference football schedule features Louisville — and three (blah) cupcakes

When you look at the University of Kentucky’s non-conference football schedule for 2020 (if there is a pigskin season), it’s really nothing special to talk about. Just like the past, the school’s non-league slate is not very attractive. It’s blah. Except for the showdown at Louisville to end the regular season, the Wildcats – who finished last year with an 8-5 mark, including a Belk Bowl...

Long wait over for retired educator Tim Hanner, donor Alyssa Vanderpool; kidney transplant a success

By Judy Clabes Special to KyForward The wait was long and tedious for retired educator Tim Hanner and his kidney donor, teacher Alyssa Vanderpool — but the story came to a happy end this week. On Monday, Alyssa and Tim checked into Christ Hospital in Cincinnati Hanner has his life-saving kidney. He’s still at Christ Hospital, out of ICU and in a regular room, and the kidney is working and...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: James Henshall moves to Cincinnati where Black Bass odyssey began

Editor’s note: This is the second of three articles on the life and work of the father of bass fishing in America. In 1852, after James A. Henshall finished high school, his family moved to Cincinnati, where his medical career and black bass odyssey began. Henshall entered medical school in 1855, and received a degree of Medicinae Doctor in May 1859. He practiced medicine for decades, into the...

Keven Moore: Fabulous (dangerous) E-Scooters — truly, some people just have no business riding them

On November 5th, a man riding a new Lime electric scooter (E-Scooter) in Lexington lost control and fell out of the bike lane crashing into the road and was struck by four passing vehicles, where he later died at a nearby hospital. Just a few days before that, another man near the University of Kentucky campus was struck by a drunk driver in the early morning hours of October 26th but did not suffer...

Officials join area business leaders to celebrate groundbreaking of new airport in Gallatin County

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin joined federal, state and local officials, along with area business leaders, on Tuesday to officially break ground on the newest general aviation airport in Sparta, not far from Kentucky Speedway. The event in Gallatin County celebrated the construction launch to build Kentucky’s 58th general aviation airport and the first local airport to serve the business...

Looking for something special to do: Don’t miss one-of-a-kind BLINK light festival in NKY Oct. 10-13

BLINK®, illuminated by ArtsWave, is the largest light, art and culture event of its kind in the nation, coming to downtown Cincinnati and Covington on October 10-13. The event will span 30-city blocks from Covington, crossing the river, through Downtown Cincinnati and into Over-the-Rhine and the Findlay Market neighborhood.
 BLINK will transform the Cincinnati Region into an outdoor art phenomenon...

Churchill Downs applies to bring new $200M Latonia Racing & Gaming thoroughbred facility to NKY

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Churchill Downs has announced plans to build a new $200 million Latonia Racing and Gaming Facility in Northern Kentucky. The historic twin spires of Churchill Downs . Churchill Downs has announced plans to build a new $200 million Latonia Racing and Gaming Facility in Northern Kentucky and has requested racing dates traditionally reserved for Turfway Park in...

KentuckyWired finalizes $100 million bond sale to fund settlement, project costs for fiber optic network

The Kentucky Communication Network Authority (KCNA), the agency responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s KentuckyWired fiber optic cable network project, finalized a bond sale of $102,090,000 last week. The City of Williamsburg issued the bonds for the KentuckyWired Infrastructure Company. The Series 2019 municipal bonds were purchased by Morgan Stanley. The majority of the proceeds — $93...

A heartfelt tribute to Hollywood legend Doris Day — from hometown Cincinnati girl to super star

By John Schlipp
 Special to KyForward Que será, será 
Whatever will be, will be
 The future’s not ours to see 
Que será, será
 What will be, will be
 Those are the familiar lyrics of the Academy Award-winning song, “Qué Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”, by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. It will be forever associated with the voice of one of Cincinnati’s most famous...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet study confirms need for new bridge across Ohio at NKY-Cincinnati

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today released the findings of a year-long study that confirms the need for construction of a new bridge across the Ohio River to improve safety and travel on I-71 and I-75 between Ohio and Kentucky. The proposed new bridge would be in addition to the existing Brent Spence Bridge, which was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles per day but currently carries more...

CVG’s Community Report, just released, shows airport on flight path to reinvention

  Staff Report   The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s (CVG) just-released annual report to the community shows growth in both passenger and cargo traffic – as well as an organization focused on improved customer service.   Rebounding from the loss of its ‘Delta hub’ status over the past several years, the airport has been in a re-definition...

Kentucky, Ohio governors sign landmark agreement to build new Ohio River bridge

In a display of bipartisan leadership, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Ohio Gov. John Kasich today signed an agreement that describes in broad terms how their two states will cooperatively build a new bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined the governors for the landmark announcement.   While the exact structure type is still...