Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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A leader of a Central Kentucky citizens group says there remain outstanding issues regarding the illegal dumping of low-level radioactive fracking waste at the Estill County landfill.

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Retailers across Kentucky are assessing the State Supreme Court’s ruling on local efforts to set a minimum wage. That includes many in the restaurant business.

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A Bluegrass horse farm owner would like to see further improvements at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Maple Crest Farm’s Reese Koffler-Stanfield participated in last week’s Kentucky Equine Education Project conference.

Hundreds gathered at Lexington Lafayette High School Monday night to pay tribute to the life of Trinity Gay.  The 15-year-old died early Sunday after being hit during an exchange of gunfire.

Prayers, candles, and airborne balloons accompanied pleas for unity in the effort to reduce gun violence.

A person who’s spent decades keeping his finger on the pulse of Kentucky politics doesn’t anticipate weekend revelations about Donald Trump to greatly erode his support in the Commonwealth.  The effect on GOP efforts to take over the Kentucky House appear a little more uncertain.


Kentucky lawmakers will be asked to further strengthen laws to combat the state’s heroin problem. Often labeled an epidemic with the large number of overdose deaths, the pre-filed legislation creates penalties for dealers of fentanyl, carfentanil, and other designer drugs.

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Some 130 Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric contractors are lending their services to the citizens of Florida.

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Educators at Kentucky’s Community and Technical Colleges plus universities are establishing a new strategy for incoming freshmen with below benchmark academic achievement scores.

Participants at the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education conference focused on co-requisite course work.  Eastern Kentucky University Director of Academic Readiness Kathy Williams says the traditional course of action would be to first place these students in non-credit bearing courses.


State student testing data shows improvements in the four year high school graduation rate and college and career readiness. The just released testing data from the Kentucky Department of Education shows gains in a number of areas.

High school graduation rates along with college/career readiness continue to go up. State officials say the number of schools and districts performing at the highest levels are up from last year, but State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says testing results don’t address future needs.

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Lexington Health Department crews are taking additional steps to prevent the possible spread of zika in Fayette County. Lexington’s first confirmed zika case involves an individual who contracted the disease in another country.