New Kentucky insurance commissioner named

by The Associated Press – FRANKFORT, KY. — Kentucky’s deputy commissioner of the Department of Insurance, a former sales and marketing representative, has been appointed as commissioner of the department. Nancy G. Atkins worked in the insurance industry for 33 years, both as an agent and employee benefit manager. Before joining the Department of Insurance, she was…

Papa John’s mogul John Schnatter resigns from University of Louisville athletics board

by Steve Jones , The Courier-Journal – Papa John’s Pizza mogul John Schnatter, who recently criticized the University of Louisville athletics department during a U of L Board of Trustees meeting, has resigned from the school’s athletics association board, according to a U of L athletics spokesman. Schnatter was not at Thursday’s athletics board meeting. Schnatter, who remains a member…

NKY heroin tally: ODs soar to 6 a day in 2017

by Terry DeMio , tdemio@enquirer.com – There are several options for an overdose reversal drug. Terry DeMio Emergency staff in Northern Kentucky reversed an average of six overdoses a day at St. Elizabeth hospitals since the start of the year. That compares to about three reversals on an average day in 2015 and 2016, a 100 percent increase. To…

Lexington councilwoman indicted on five felony charges, might step down

by BETH MISGAVE, bmusgrave@herald-leader.com – Urban County councilwoman Sasha Love Higgins was indicted Tuesday on multiple theft and other felony charges stemming from her former position as the general manager of a Lexington hotel. A Fayette Circuit grand jury indicted Higgins, 34, on felony charges of identity theft, forgery and three counts of theft by deception. Higgins is…

Massie: IRS building won’t sit vacant

by Scott Wartman , swartman@nky.com When the federal government wants to get rid of properties, it can often take a while, leaving old government buildings vacant and rotting. In Northern Kentucky, for example, no one’s lived in the once regal, weather-beaten officers’ homes in Fort Thomas Tower Park for 15 years as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has…

Ky. pension plight improves slightly

by RONNIE ELLIS, CNHI News Service – FRANKFORT – Kentucky’s troubled pension systems had some good news for lawmakers Monday, although they remain a long way from financial stability. And one of them — the County Employee Retirement System or CERS — wants to become independent of the state system and enjoys the support of…