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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Legislation that aims to help natural hair braiders in Kentucky has won the support of both Houses of the state General Assembly.

The legislature Monday easily approved a measure that would exempt hair braiders from cosmetology regulations.

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Legislation impacting Kentucky’s bourbon, beer, and wine industries appears headed for final passage. The omnibus alcohol measure won House approval by a vote of 76 to 20 on Monday. 

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is suggesting that the current general assembly session may end without passage of a state budget. 

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House and Senate conferees will go back to the table Monday to continue working toward a state budget agreement. One of the remaining points of contention is funding for higher education. 

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Kentucky House and Senate leaders are continuing negotiations on a compromise $21 billion two-year state budget. Conferees worked through a number of issues Friday, but no firm decisions are expected just yet.

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Kentucky House and Senate conferees are beginning to work toward reaching agreement on a 21 billion dollar budget. In addition to decisions about funding for education, social services, and corrections, budget language will also be discussed.  

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A bill seeking to make many changes to Kentucky’s alcohol laws appears to be moving toward final passage.

The omnibus alcohol measure allows for increased production by small farm wineries and microbreweries, and aims to ease certain restrictions on the bourbon industry.

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Several Kentucky House members on Wednesday shared stories about how alcohol abuse has impacted their lives during a debate on legislation related to drunken driving penalties. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to double the period of time allowable to determine penalties for habitual drunk drivers from five to 10 years.

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The U.S. Senate Majority Leader says a military coalition that includes American, European, and Middle Eastern countries could work to reduce terrorism. Mitch McConnell addressed the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at Eastern Kentucky University. 

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The Kentucky House has voted to require operation of a state-run healthcare exchange similar to Kynect. However the bill is unlikely to be considered in the state Senate. 

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