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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Government
7:55 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Trooper Island Celebrates 50 Years

Credit Kentucky State Police, Wikimedia Commons

  Kentucky State Police and thousands of former camp attendees are celebrating a half century of summertime recreation and mentorship. 

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Government
2:38 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Abandoned Horse Database Established in Kentucky

Credit Rob Canning / WKMS

State agriculture officials are hopeful the new Stray or Abandoned Equine Database will help with the proper care and upkeep of wandering horses. 

The online database is one piece of a law approved earlier this year. 

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Politics
4:43 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Beshear Confident County Clerks Will Adhere to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Credit Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Governor Steve Beshear is expressing confidence that county clerks in Kentucky will, in time, adhere to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. There are a few county clerks still refusing to issue marriage licenses. Governor Beshear said it's not for him to say whether or not those clerks should step down.

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Health
5:12 am
Mon June 29, 2015

CDC Would Like to See Kentucky Spend More on Tobacco Prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control says Kentucky and two other states have fallen short in funding tobacco prevention efforts. 

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Government
6:46 am
Tue June 16, 2015

New Vehicle Booster Seat Requirements Go into Effect

Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday signed the new booster seat law in Lexington.
Credit Stu Johnson/WEKU News

  A ceremonial bill signing was held Monday for Kentucky's new, stricter vehicle booster seat law. But, enacting a new law doesn't guarantee parents will adhere to the stiffer guidelines. 

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Education
4:26 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Teaching Civility Early in School May Help Reduce Bullying Later

Professor Malcolm Smith has examined changes in kids' behavior for three decades.
Credit unh.edu

Courses on civility in elementary school could help reduce bullying.  That's the advice of a long time researcher who's studied youth civility.

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Government
8:33 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Six Kentucky Facilities Meet Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards

Credit http://www.cca.com/

Six youth detention facilities across Kentucky have been found to meet all compliance standards for the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. All 27 State Department of Juvenile Justice facilities and two contracted residential sites will have undergone audits by the end of next summer. 

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Government
7:32 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Heroin Law Oversight Panel to Assess Impact of Legislation

Rep. Denver (Denny) Butler is co-chair of a new heroin task force.
Credit LRC Public Information

Formation is underway of a task force that will oversee implementation of the state's new heroin law.  The co-chair of the task force says he witnessed heroin's rise in popularity in his community just over five years ago.

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Health
3:55 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Federal Panel Observing Rural Health Issues in Kentucky

Credit Medi-Share (http://blog.medi-share.org)

  A central Kentucky community hospital is playing host this week to a federal panel studying ways to increase life expectancy in rural areas.

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Politics
1:51 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Al Cross says Gov Race Recanvass Won't Change Much

Comer
Credit LRC Public Information

State Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer is asking for a recanvass after he lost last night's primary to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin by only 83 votes. 

Al Cross, Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues doesn't anticipate a re-canvass will change the outcome of the state GOP contest. Cross says there's little doubt about the vote count, because it's almost entirely electronic.

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