Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

stu.johnson@eku.edu

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Kentucky Natural Lands Continues Buying Heavily-Forested Land to Restore, Connect Wild Lands

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As this year's observance of Earth Day approaches, the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust continues to buy up property in typically heavily-forested areas. It's a statewide land trust with a mission to protect, restore, and connect wild lands. 

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Environment
8:13 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Last Minutes of 2014 Legislative Session Included Nuclear-Coal Debate

 

The waning hours of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly session found senators debating nuclear and coal-based power. The discussion occurred during consideration of a bill to help AK Steel, a manufacturer suffering sizable job loss. 

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Government
7:49 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Statewide Road Plan Approved

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Lawmakers waited until the last few hours of the 2014 General Assembly session before they approved a statewide road plan.  House and Senate members agreed to spend more than $3 billion over the next two years for repair and replacement of the state's roads and bridges.  The Senate voted 37- 1 for the measure. 

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Education
3:29 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Lawmakers Hopeful to Reach Agreement on Road Budget by Midnight Deadline

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Leaders in the House and Senate appear closer to reaching an agreement on a three billion dollar road plan.

Differences between the two chambers have made negotiations difficult. 

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Government
3:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Kentucky Senate President Evaluates 2014 Legislative Session

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The president of the Kentucky Senate is giving good marks overall for the 2014 general assembly session.  Robert Stivers offered the assessment Monday during a caucus meeting of senate republicans. 

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Business
3:16 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Kentucky Timber Industry Projected to Stay Strong in 2014

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Kentucky's timber industry expects a profitable year in 2014 according to an economic impact report issued today during a forest industry meeting in Louisville. 

The report details the timber industry's almost $13 billion contribution to state's economy in 2013. It was more than three percent higher than 2011. The direct impact covers wood products like cabinets and flooring, employment, and trucking.

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Government
9:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kentucky Road Plan Waits for Another Day

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Decisions about three and a half billion dollars in road and bridge projects across Kentucky will wait for another day.

Lawmakers from the House and Senate spent many hours negotiating over the weekend before finally reaching agreement on a two year state budget.  But, consensus on a road plan remains on the 'to do' list.  

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Government
3:12 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Eminent Domain Measure Fails to Pass this Legislative Session

Senate President Robert Stivers (R)
Credit Legislative Research Commission

It appears condemnation issues related to a natural gas liquids pipeline project in Kentucky will be left up to the judicial system. 

Some residents living along the proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline had sought legislative clarification of eminent domain law.  

Senate President Robert Stivers believes the matter should stay in the courts for now.

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Government
4:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Resolution on Kentucky Schools' Make Up Days Reached

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Final action on school calendar legislation came today in the Kentucky general assembly. The matter has been a heavily debated item, considering the number of missed school days this winter.

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Government
3:18 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Consensus on Kentucky Budget Still Not Within Reach

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Work continues at the state capital to reach agreement on a two year budget, but it appears consensus is still not within reach.

Budget conferees gathered this morning around a large table, House members on one side and Senate members on the other. While considering many aspects of the two year spending plan, lawmakers have made few firm decisions. 

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