Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Republican leaders in both the Kentucky Senate and House are hailing the 2017 session as successful.

Kentucky House members voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of redefining academic standards in public schools and phasing out the use of federal common core standards.

A major criminal justice reform bill will be back before state senators when they re-convene at the end of this month. The measure, placing a heavy emphasis on inmate re-entry into society, was approved by the House Wednesday.

Both Houses of Kentucky's General Assembly are backing legislation that would expand the scope of the state’s prescription reporting system. Proponents say the change would help in the fight to combat opioid drug problems.

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The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly session has been void of something typically found in the legislative process.


The State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control or ABC is helping to implement monthly alcohol serving classes across the state. The classes are aimed at creating a consistent training schedule with a growing number of wet counties.

Disabled veterans who own small businesses would be advised of state contracts for goods and services under legislation before the state Senate. The measure, sponsored by Owensboro Representative DJ Johnson, passed out of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee last week.

Women in Kentucky with so-called dense breast tissue would be notified of that under legislation before state lawmakers. The bill aims to improve early detection of breast cancer.

A measure that would establish an adoption task force in Kentucky is up for a vote in the State Senate.

Governor Matt Bevin, via Facebook

Hundreds of youth workers at Kentucky’s juvenile detention facilities will soon see a 20% hike in their pay. Governor Matt Bevin made the announcement Thursday at the Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center.