Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

Petr Kratochvil,

People on both sides of the energy debate seem to agree that costs for the consumer are going to go up.  

Clean energy and federal emissions standards were widely discussed this week at the 39th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.


Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will likely be in Lexington next month to compete in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. 

Following a loss in the Traverse Stakes at Saratoga, owner Ahmed Zayat  talked about retiring the horse.  Now, he is pointing American Pharoah to racing at the Breeders' Cup.  

Kentucky Department of Education

  The Kentucky State Board of Education has narrowed the field of candidates for education commissioner down to two.

Board Chair Roger Marcum is hopeful the next commissioner can help build on the foundation of a quarter century of reforms. 

Author: Mario Sánchez Prada, Wikimedia Commons

This year’s school safety data report has been released and show that drug and alcohol issues remain a priority concern. 

The Kentucky Center for School Safety report focuses on data from 2013 through 2014.

  Recovery efforts continue for residents in four eastern Kentucky counties following historic flash flooding in July.  Impacted families can soon begin to sign up for federal assistance.

Kentucky State Police, Wikimedia Commons

  Kentucky State Police and thousands of former camp attendees are celebrating a half century of summertime recreation and mentorship. 

Rob Canning / WKMS

State agriculture officials are hopeful the new Stray or Abandoned Equine Database will help with the proper care and upkeep of wandering horses. 

The online database is one piece of a law approved earlier this year. 

Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Governor Steve Beshear is expressing confidence that county clerks in Kentucky will, in time, adhere to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. There are a few county clerks still refusing to issue marriage licenses. Governor Beshear said it's not for him to say whether or not those clerks should step down.

Fried Dough / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

The Centers for Disease Control says Kentucky and two other states have fallen short in funding tobacco prevention efforts. 

Stu Johnson/WEKU News

  A ceremonial bill signing was held Monday for Kentucky's new, stricter vehicle booster seat law. But, enacting a new law doesn't guarantee parents will adhere to the stiffer guidelines.