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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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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Government
2:37 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

State's New Automated Collection System On Line

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Revenue hope a new automated collection system will help the state efficiently collect delinquent taxes. The new $20 million system went on-line this fall. 

 

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Government
8:15 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Berea City Council Votes Against Fairness Ordinance

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After three years of debating the issue, the Berea City Council has voted down a proposed fairness ordinance.   The measure failed Tuesday night by a vote of 3 to 5.

The measure sought to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. 

The meeting room and an overflow area in a garage next door were both crowded with people with opposing viewpoints.  Berea native Betty Rowlett was pleased with the vote. 

"Well, I just don't think we need it in Berea.  I think everybody is treated equally in my opinion.  I've lived here all my life and I've never known anything to happen," said Rowlett.

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Government
6:20 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Fayette County Clerk: High Voter Registration Doesn’t Always Equal High Voter Turnout

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The November general election is less than a month away and Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Commonwealth.  Deadlines for voter registration are also today in Tennessee and tomorrow in Illinois. In Kentucky, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins  says applications sent via mail must be postmarked Monday. 

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Politics
3:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Republicans and Democrats Vie for Female Votes

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As we head into the final stretch of the 2014 election season, representatives from the state's two major political parties are making their predictions for Kentucky's most watched November race. Appearing on KET's Kentucky Tonight program Monday, both sides agreed that female voters could play a significant role in the U.S. Senate race.

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Government
3:08 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Kentucky's First Legal Hemp Crop in Decades Harvested at UK Research Farm

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For the first time in decades, hemp has been legally harvested from Kentucky soil. The cutting of the test plot happened Tuesday on a University of Kentucky farm.

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Society
12:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Kentuckians Can Get Protection From Four Flu Strains This Fall

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Mid September marks a key point in the flu shot season across Kentucky. Health officials are urging all Kentuckians over six months old to get vaccinated.

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Society
6:58 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Keeneland September Yearling Sales Opens

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While many horse racing fans eagerly await early October for Keeneland's fall meet, horse sellers and buyers will stay busy for the next two weeks.  The annual September yearling sales event gets underway Monday.

With 13 sessions, Keeneland's September sales are billed worldwide as the top thoroughbred auction of the year.  Keeneland Spokeswoman Amy Gregory says major buyers from almost every state and 50 countries will be in town.  She says gross sales a year ago were up 27%.  "We're very optimistic going into this sale that we'll have a very robust sale.  There's lot of optimism in the thoroughbred industry right now and the market is very strong in sales that have been leading up to this September sale," said Gregory.

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Education
3:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

KSU's Decision to Drop Students for Nonpayment Prompts Broader Discussion

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Kentucky State University is dropping a quarter of its students for nonpayment.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports some of the bills are as high as $40,000 and have lasted two years.

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Education
2:33 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

UK Celebrates Its Largest Gift in School History

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University of Kentucky officials are celebrating after receiving the largest gift in the school's history.

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