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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Politics
9:52 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Conway Wins Dem Primary and Opponent Files Lawsuit

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The state's most prominent Democrats are rallying behind Jack Conway for Kentucky governor. That sentiment was expressed during a Frankfort gathering Tuesday night, just minutes after the polls closed. 

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Education
11:46 am
Fri May 15, 2015

2nd Year of Hemp Production at University of Kentucky Begins

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The second year of Kentucky's research hemp production is underway. 

The planting season officially kicked off Thursday at the University of Kentucky demonstration site.  Statewide, about a thousand acres of hemp will be planted, compared to 33 acres last season.  

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Sports
8:03 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Keeneland President: Long Term Success Dependent on Attracting New Racing Fans

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The president of Keeneland says the long term success of the historic track hinges on being able to attract youth to the sport. 

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Society
1:20 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Ky Red Cross Chapters Participate in Earthquake Relief Efforts

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Many Kentuckians may be seeking to lend financial assistance to the earthquake ravaged area in Nepal. One option is through contributions to the American Red Cross.

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Health
3:43 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Kentucky Man Benefits From Pump Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

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A Georgetown man is benefiting from a portable infusion pump that delivers a drug to treat his Parkinson's disease symptoms.  The device is designed for patients who have seen little success with traditional, oral methods.  

70 year-old Marion Cox participated in a University of Kentucky clinical trial.  He says the drug delivery method has made a big impact on his life.

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Society
4:11 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Police Make an Arrest in Shooting Death of UK Student

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Lexington police have made an arrest in the Friday morning shooting death of a University of Kentucky student. The fatal shooting appears to be robbery related. 

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Government
1:56 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Gov Beshear to Visit Three Countries During Asian Economic Trip

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Governor Beshear is in the midst of an economic development trip, visiting three Asian countries.

He and his team are meeting with company and country officials in Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan. 

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Education
3:13 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

New Head EKU Basketball Coach Welcomed at Mid-Court

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Thirty-three year old Dan McHale was formally introduced this morning at Eastern Kentucky University as the new the men's basketball coach.

University President Michael Benson noted that McHale has little time to relish his new position.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Heavy Rainfall Delays Kentucky Planting Season

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Heavy rainfall across the state is impacting springtime planting. 

University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon said the state has averaged seven inches of precipitation over the last month. Dixon says that's about three inches above normal. 

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Health
3:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Childhood Vaccination Attitudes Discussed By Panel at UK

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The measles outbreak that happened late last year in the western U.S. has renewed discussion about vaccination policies.  That very issue was the main topic of a panel discussion Tuesday at the University of Kentucky.

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