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
7:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Researchers Study Exercise During Pregnancy for Child Cancer Protection

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  An area of cancer research at the University of Kentucky is focusing on exercise for mothers during pregnancy to help prevent cancer in their children.  

Second year grad student Alyssa Jarrel is involved in conducting the study and said the research has focused so far on mice, but could very well have implications for humans.  

  "Pregnancy is such a short term intervention and it can have long term benefits for the offspring.  So, we're talking nine months for an intervention for the mom to have lifetime benefits for the child,"  Jarrel said.

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Environment
6:44 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Talking Bees with New State Apiarist

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Tammy Horn will join the State Department of Agriculture in just over a week as Kentucky's new state apiarist.

Horn is a senior researcher at Eastern Kentucky University and nationally known beekeeping authority.  Significant bee loss problems have caused great concern for honey makers for several years.  While there has been a slight improvement in bee numbers in pocketed areas, Horn says it's still a tough situation.
                            
"My role as a state apiarist is very simple, I have to increase bees and I have to increase beekeepers because I am trying to make sure that if there are food 

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Government
4:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Won’t Return to Frankfort for Special Session

It appears Kentucky lawmakers will not return to the state capital before January. 

State legislators barely made it home in April when there was talk of a possible special session on heroin-related legislation. The question of state funding for Rupp Arena was also mentioned as a special session topic.  

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Environment
3:14 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Barn Fire Kills 8 Thoroughbreds in Lexington, Investigators Working to Determine Cause

A barn fire near Keeneland in Lexington has taken the lives of eight Thoroughbred horses.

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Society
9:18 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Many Children Living with Grandparents have had Traumatic Experiences

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Many Kentucky children living with grandparents have gone through traumatic experiences according to A University of Kentucky study.  

The report found 73% of children living in grandparent-led families had suffered from at least one traumatic experience.  Substance abuse, maltreatment, and parent incarceration were the top three reasons these children lived with a grandparent. 

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Culture
3:35 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome to Contend for Triple Crown Championship

California Chrome at the 2014 San Felipe with Victor Espinoza on board
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California Chrome's rather easy Kentucky Derby win is once again prompting speculation about a Triple Crown threat. 

The easy winner, with far fewer dollars invested compared to a typical Derby champion, will head to Maryland two weeks from now to compete in the Preakness.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Thoroughbred Retirement Farm Hopes to Welcome More Derby Competitors One Day

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The founder of a thoroughbred retirement center in central Kentucky hopes to one day meet some of horses racing at Churchill downs this week. 

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Education
12:00 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

UK Set to Allow Alcohol on Parts of Campus

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The University of Kentucky is moving to allow legal drinking of alcohol on some parts of its campus. 

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Society
4:31 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Kentucky Horse Park Names Interim Director

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The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has chosen Ted Nicholson - no relation to retiring director John Nicholson - to serve as interim director of the Horse Park.

Ted Nicholson will begin his tenure in May and serve until a permanent executive director is hired later this year. He is currently a partner with a horse racing consultant firm.

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Government
4:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Hunger Continuing as Major Issue in Kentucky, Meal Gap Study Reports

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Hunger issues continue to complicate life for many Kentucky families.  This reality is reflected in the just-released "Map the Meal Gap Report".

The meal gap study, released by Feeding America, shows 17 percent of people in the state are food insecure. That figure includes more than 220,000 Kentucky children. Fulton County had the highest food insecurity rate at 23 percent.

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