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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Education
2:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

KCTCS Chancellor Chosen to Head 16 College System

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In January, the chancellor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will move into the presidency.  The KCTCS Board voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Dr. Jay Box as successor to current President Michael McCall.

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Infrastructure
6:27 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Automated Truck Screening to Increase at Kentucky Weigh Stations

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Kentucky's Automated Truck Screening Project usage is about to almost double at interstate weigh stations.  There are currently five systems deployed at weigh stations throughout the state.  The technology allows for automated license plate readings that can be used to determine if a truck has delinquent taxes or regulation violations. 

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Health
4:00 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

UK and U of L Partner to Fight Lung Cancer

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Studies show Kentucky has more cases of lung cancer than any other state and the number of lung cancer related deaths in the Commonwealth is almost 50 percent higher than the national average. 

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Government
6:14 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Dating Violence Bill Undergoes Rewrite

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Attempts to win approval of dating violence legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly could be bolstered by a new strategy.  Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Director Sherry Currens says lawmakers will be asked to consider creating a new section in Kentucky Revised Statutes for domestic partner dating violence. Currens says the domestic partner statutes pertaining to dating violence have been aired in the state capital numerous times. 

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Government
6:36 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Kentuckians Rule in on Gay Marraige Ban

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A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's ban on same sex marriage.  The ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati yesterday covered appeals from Kentucky as well as Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.  Kent Ostrander with the Family Foundation of Kentucky believes the ruling reaffirms a political decision made by voters.

"Clearly Kentucky voter strongly to protect marriage and that's our right to do so,” Ostrander said. “This court agreed with that and they're the first circuit court to do so and we're very pleased."

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Politics
3:32 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Kentucky Democrats Maintain Control of State House

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Following the mid-term election, the political makeup of Kentucky's 100 member House will remain the same. The news pleases House Democrats but is disappointing for GOP supporters.

Republicans have made gains over the years in adding members to the Kentucky House. GOP leaders were hoping this would be the year when the House flipped its majority. But, after all the results came in Tuesday, the breakdown was the same: 54 democrats and 46 republicans. Lexington GOP Representative Stan Lee says a closer look at results will occur.  

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Government
1:36 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Death Certificate Filing Goes Paperless

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Beginning in January, electronic death reporting becomes mandatory across Kentucky.  The move from a manual paper based system to e-filing primarily affects funeral homes, coroners, and doctors. 

 

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Education
5:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Three Central Kentucky FFA Members to Receive Highest Honor This Weekend at National Convention

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Many of central Kentucky's Future Farmers of America are participating this week in the group's 87th national convention in Louisville.  Some 60,000 FFA members from the around the U.S. are expected for the four-day event. Madison Southern High School FFA Instructor Wes Williams says attendees will have an opportunity to see the latest agriculture equipment.  "All the major agriculture companies come in and there are all kinds of agriculture equipment, new and innovative. And it gives a lot of our students the opportunity to come and see stuff like that that they otherwise wouldn't see," said Williams.

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Culture
6:56 am
Mon October 27, 2014

50 Years of Organ Transplantation in Kentucky

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It's been half a century since the first organ transplant operation was performed in the commonwealth.  The University of Kentucky last week commemorated the milestone during the 50th Anniversary Transplant Symposium.

 

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Society
6:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Kentucky Ranks Near Bottom in Child Care Assistance for Low Income Families

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A report just released by the National Women's Law Center ranks Kentucky near the bottom nationally for providing child care assistance to low income families. Child care subsidies were restored earlier this year through action of the general assembly.  Even so, Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks said the Commonwealth still lags behind many other states.

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