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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With the Kentucky Derby less than two weeks away and the summer travel season approaching, state tourism officials are in full advertising mode right now.  Those in tourism stress the economic gains seen through increased tourist numbers.

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Three Democrats competing for a chance to flip a Kentucky congressional seat found common ground on policy issues, but their televised debate turned testy when one candidate brought up a rival's status as a newcomer to the district.

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Governor Bevin has announced his appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education.  They include a former gubernatorial competitor and a former spokeswoman in his office.

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Now that the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly session is history, many lawmakers will turn their attention to Election Day. There was a lot of talk about elections during the legislative session. 

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Lexington mail carriers are recognizing National Dog Bite Prevention week. Area residents are urged to take the necessary steps to properly restrain dogs to reduce the possibility of a dog bite.

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What has been a very significant and, in some cases, deadly flu season appears to be winding down across the Commonwealth. State Epidemiologist Dr. Jonathan Ballard said data at the end of March showed 251 flu associated death including four pediatric deaths.

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Eastern Kentucky University’s decision to suspend its associate nursing program brought with it reaction from a group of nurses. The EKU Board of Regents voted Friday to suspend just over a dozen programs.

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Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regent adopted a two-year, $25 million savings plan Friday.  It includes reducing Eastern’s workforce by about 140 jobs. Some of those jobs are currently vacant but 96 others will be cut. EKU President Michael Benson said the board faced a difficult task.

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The Kentucky General Assembly this week honored retiring Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King.  The reading of the resolution in the House came as K-12 educators, current and retired, protested pension reforms inside the capitol building.

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The CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has a mixed reaction to the approved cigarette tax increase in Frankfort.

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