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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Society
12:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Kentuckians Can Get Protection From Four Flu Strains This Fall

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Mid September marks a key point in the flu shot season across Kentucky. Health officials are urging all Kentuckians over six months old to get vaccinated.

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Society
6:58 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Keeneland September Yearling Sales Opens

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While many horse racing fans eagerly await early October for Keeneland's fall meet, horse sellers and buyers will stay busy for the next two weeks.  The annual September yearling sales event gets underway Monday.

With 13 sessions, Keeneland's September sales are billed worldwide as the top thoroughbred auction of the year.  Keeneland Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says major buyers from almost every state and 50 countries will be in town.  She says gross sales a year ago were up 27%.  "We're very optimistic going into this sale that we'll have a very robust sale.  There's lot of optimism in the thoroughbred industry right now and the market is very strong in sales that have been leading up to this September sale," said Gregory.

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Education
3:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

KSU's Decision to Drop Students for Nonpayment Prompts Broader Discussion

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Kentucky State University is dropping a quarter of its students for nonpayment.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports some of the bills are as high as $40,000 and have lasted two years.

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Education
2:33 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

UK Celebrates Its Largest Gift in School History

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University of Kentucky officials are celebrating after receiving the largest gift in the school's history.

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Education
6:51 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kentucky Making Progress Toward Top 20 National Status in Education

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The Commonwealth is seeing gains and losses in its race to reach top tier national status in key areas of education. In 2008, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence challenged the state to reach the top 20 by the year 2020.

The committee Wednesday released an update on the state's progress. According to the report, Kentucky is on track to meet the goal in areas like fourth and eighth grade reading, teacher salaries, and Advanced Placement credits. However, the state has lost ground in areas including eighth grade math and the share of higher education costs to families.

Prichard Committee Director Stu Silberman says it's well past time to act on tax reform and put more state resources into education. 

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Society
9:12 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Kentucky Roadway Fatalities Continue to Decline

A state law enforcement official says a declining fatality rate in Kentucky can be attributed to a number of factors. 

Kentucky State Police Spokesman Michael Webb says car design improvements, safe driving education and awareness efforts, and enforcement have all helped as the number of deaths on state highways has fallen. 

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Education
3:35 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

National Science Foundation Awards Kentucky Millions

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A statewide effort to further the economy through funding energy research and attracting more students into STEM fields is getting a major financial boost.

Kentucky is one of six jurisdictions chosen to receive a five year research award from the National Science Foundation.

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Education
2:51 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Education Officials Seeking Input on Core Academic Standards

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Kentucky teachers, parents, and other interested citizens now have a chance to weigh in on the state's core academic standards. It's the first time public comment has been sought since the standards were implemented in 2011.

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Society
6:36 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Judge Uses Drug to Aid Addicts' Recovery

Legislative interim judiciary committee co-chairs John Tilley and Whitney Westerfield heard a case for opiate addition treatment yesterday.
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In an effort to help drug addicts kick their habit, an Ohio municipal judge is offering medicated assisted treatment in his drug court.

Judge Fred Moses presented his case Thursday before a panel of Kentucky lawmakers.

 

In southeast Ohio, Judge Fred Moses overseas one of the few Vivitrol  drug courts in the country.  Vivitrol is an opioid receptor antagonist. Injected monthly, it blocks brain receptors from feeling opiate effects. If recovering addicts attempt to get high while on Vivitrol, they can not.

 

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Education
3:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Kentucky Public School Students Make a Better Grade on ACT

Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally.  Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years.  State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising.

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