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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Sports
7:18 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Panel Discusses 40 Years of Title Nine

It’s very likely many athletes in Kentucky high schools are not aware of a 1972 educational amendment which changed the face of athletics.  A panel discussion in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Title Nine ruling was held yesterday at Midway College.  The landmark legislation banned sex discrimination in schools for both academics and athletics.  Kathy DeBoer, former UK Assistant Athletics Director participated in the program yesterday.

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Politics
10:05 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Attorney General Says Vote Buying Rare in Ky. Elections

Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

State officials and local police promise to be watchful tomorrow for acts of voter fraud.  Over the years, votes have been bought in Kentucky with the promise of cash, favors and liquor.  More recently, prescription pills may have been used as currency.  But, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway believes such voting buying is rare.

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Environment
3:17 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Kentucky Agriculture Fares Better Than Predictions

Credit wikipedia.org

Kentucky’s agriculture industry is faring better than early predictions.  The agriculture industry, which includes crops, cattle and horses, earned more than $5 billion.  That figure is beyond Kentucky’s reach this year, but University of Kentucky Agriculture Economist Will Snell says many farmers should still do okay.

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Arts
8:07 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Kentucky Arts Council Offers Advice for Artists

Kentucky artists will see some of their best sales over the next few months.  October is a busy month for fall arts and crafts festivals.  Then, the holiday shopping season begins in November.  The Kentucky Arts Council is offering marketing advice to artists in a series of workshops.  For example, Executive Director Lori Meadows says artists should create and maintain relationships with potential buyers. She says,

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Politics
4:12 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

VP Debate Bringing Attention to Central Kentucky

The one and only vice presidential debate is garnering a great deal of attention in central Kentucky, but its impact in the voting booth is a tougher issue to gauge.  WEKU hosted a reporter roundtable discussion this morning at Centre College, home of tonight’s debate.  National Public Radio veteran reporter Don Gonyea says vice presidential debates don’t tend to move the support needle very much.  He says the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin also attracted interest. He says,

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Government
2:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

State-run Ky. Prisons Struggle to Fill Jobs

Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville
Wikimedia Commons

In rural counties, state-run prisons are often major employers. And, after state budget cuts and reforms in the penal code, they remain an important part of the local economy. Some 12 state operated prisons are situated in relatively small towns. There’s a maximum security prison in Eddyville and the others are either community or medium security complexes.

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Society
9:26 am
Tue September 18, 2012

KY state senator says international events take focus away from domestic issues

Kentucky State Senator Tom Buford
lrc.ky.gov

Unrest in countries around the world makes national as well as international headlines.  One Kentucky lawmaker believes those events have taken some of the focus away from pressing domestic issues.  

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Politics
8:16 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Debate continues on Kentucky's economic climate

Graph of supply and demand model
Wikimedia Commons

The federal stimulus package remains a debated item among policy analysts with varying political perspectives.  The subject came up during K-E-T’s Kentucky Tonight Monday.  Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says without the recovery act, the nation would still be in full recession.  He admits there’s still room for economic growth.  “But the reason it’s not growing fast enough,” Bailey says, “is there’s not enough demand.  It’s not about business confidence, it’s about consumer demand.  And there’s not enough consumer demand because there are l too many Americans tha

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Science
11:45 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Richmond Hospital Joins Baptist Health System

The Baptist Health System in Kentucky has added a sixth hospital. Richmond’s Patti A Clay Hospital is changing its name and joining the system. The Madison County healthcare provider is now Baptist Health Richmond.  CEO Todd Jones says it was either  change or face a ‘sink or swim’ scenario.

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Education
9:00 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Green Dorm Construction Booming in Kentucky

College students in much of Kentucky move into dorms later this week.  Many will be greeted by the sounds of construction.  Residence halls are under construction at the University of Kentucky, Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University. And those new buildings will be some of “greenest” ever built in the Commonwealth.

The residence hall or dormitory projects, if you prefer, at Berea College, EKU and UK will be built with energy efficiency in mind.  At Berea College, Vice President Steve Karcher says a new 122-bed green dorm will be sealed against the elements…

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