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
2:53 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Kentucky State Senate Sets Debt Ceiling for Future Years

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A bill intended to reduce state debt over time is on its way to the Kentucky House. The Senate voted 28-8 Friday in favor of the measure, which limits general fund supported debt to six percent. 

Sponsor Joe Bowen says, taking into account courthouse construction borrowing, the Commonwealth's current debt ratio is eight percent. Somerset Senator Chris Girdler says attitudes about borrowing are troubling. 

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Politics
12:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Kentucky Senate Passes 'Transgender Bathroom' Bill

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The Kentucky Senate has acted to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex. 

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Government
5:19 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Senate Acts to Shut Down Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that could shut down internet sweepstakes cafes in the Commonwealth. The computer based businesses give away chances to win monetary prizes with the purchase of a service or product. 

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Education
2:50 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Legislation to Alter School Council Authority Moves to Kentucky Senate Floor

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The Senate Education Committee is backing a significant change to Kentucky's Education Reform Law. The measure, approved Thursday, would change the role of school councils across the state.

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Government
2:52 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Tourist Pedaling Carts Get Go Ahead for Alcohol from House Panel

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A bill to legalize the possession of alcoholic beverages on tourism related bicycle wagons has cleared its first legislative hurdle.   

The measure was approved today by the House Licensing and Occupations Committee.  

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Government
7:38 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bill to Reduce State Debt Goes to the Full Senate for a Third Time

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Legislation aimed at reducing Kentucky's debt is headed to the Senate floor. The measure seeks to lower overall debt over time. 

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Government
6:16 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Hospice 'End of Life' Care Bill Moves Along in the Ky. General Assembly

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Legislation to make end of life decisions clear to all pertinent care givers is moving through the Kentucky general assembly. This is the third time the matter has come before state lawmakers.

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Government
3:37 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Senate Gives the Go Ahead for Lottery Game with Horse Racing Connections

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation paving the way for development of a new state lottery game that has an equine connection.  Proponents say the game would benefit the horse industry and school children.

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Education
2:45 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

New Regional Career Academy to Open This Fall

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Kentucky's first regional career academy is scheduled to begin offering classes to 25 to 30 students this fall. The students will come from the five north central counties of Carrol, Gallatin, Henry, Owen, and Trimble.

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Government
4:01 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Leaders of Both Houses of Kentucky Legislature Remain Confident About Heroin Bill

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Leaders of both houses of the Kentucky general assembly remain committed to passage of legislation to address heroin problems. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers appeared Thursday on WEKU's Eastern Standard program. Both men are confident that a heroin bill will be passed this session.

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