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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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Revenue are using safeguards to protect against growing concerns of fraud. Issues at the federal level earlier this year resulted in a break from processing state tax returns in Frankfort. 

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Significant public pension debt has led to consternation among state officials during the almost-completed General Assembly session. 

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The Kentucky General Assembly has taken action to help localities across the Commonwealth maintain emergency 9-1-1 services.  It comes with increased costs for some cell phone users.

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Advocates of survivors of sexual assault are hailing passage of the SAFE Act during the current Kentucky legislative session. The Sexual Assault Forensic Exam measure addresses a backlog of more than 3,000 untested rape kits and calls for more training and data collection.

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Widespread lead contamination in Flint, Michigan is prompting Kentucky officials to double check state procedures.

A state workgroup has been formed to assess Kentucky’s water system.

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Budget talks this week in Frankfort have focused quite a bit on funding for the state’s colleges and universities, and the impact on tuition rates.  

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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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