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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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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Government
8:21 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Senate Democrats and Republicans Debate Process on Floor

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Democrats in the Kentucky Senate sent a formal letter to the chamber’s president expressing concern about the pace of bill consideration.

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Government
4:18 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Statewide Smoking Ban Easily Clears House Committee

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A proposed statewide smoking ban easily passed out of the House and Welfare Committee Thursday with a vote of 11-to-4. The matter now moves on to the full House.

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Government
2:55 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

School Project Prevailing Wage Bill Clears Senate Budget Committee

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Legislation that would exempt officials with some Kentucky school construction projects from paying the prevailing wage easily cleared a senate committee today.  

The State Senate Budget Committee approved the legislation that exempts school construction projects that cost $250,000 or more from paying prevailing wage.  

Bill Sponsor Wil Schroder told members more work could be done for less money, without jeopardizing the quality of the project.  

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