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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Health and law enforcement officials in Kentucky are responding to a rash of heroin-related drug overdoses. In the community of Mount Sterling alone, there were 12 overdoses this week including one death.  

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The investigation continues into a weekend report of “shots fired” in downtown Richmond that led to the arrest of five people. 

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A citizens group wants representation at the table as the state of Kentucky negotiates the clean-up of radioactive waste at a Central Kentucky landfill. The best a state official is offering is to hear citizen comments.

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This year's tight financial situation is causing Eastern Kentucky University officials to consider suspending a total of 21 academic programs.  Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost Janna Vice brought the matter before the Board of Regents during a special meeting Thursday.

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Attorneys in Lexington’s U.S. Attorney’s Office are noting the importance of minimum sentences for opioid trafficking convictions tied to overdose deaths. Three convictions in federal court occurred Monday.

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More than 3,700 Kentucky social workers and those in Family Support will see an increase in pay, effective next month. 

The $4.8 million appropriation in the current two year state budget also impacts corrections workers.

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The “Double Dollars” program offered through several farmers’ markets across Kentucky is growing. Word of the expansion came during Tuesday’s celebration of Kentucky Farmers Market Week in Frankfort.

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It’s been a damp summer in many portions of Kentucky, particularly during the month of July.

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One of the first political speakers for this Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic is U.S. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The sixth term senator from Louisville last weekend indicated he’s already looking forward to a seventh term in Congress

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Starting this week, Kentucky State Police troopers are earning higher pay for their service.  Governor Matt Bevin and state lawmakers worked earlier this year to include salary increases in the budget.  

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