Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.

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  Tax breaks related to the high profile Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland have been signed into law. 

The ceremony was held Tuesday at the state capitol. 

The law exempts the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two-day event.  

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Governor Beshear is expressing confidence that Kentucky lawmakers will approve heroin and dating violence legislation next week.

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The University of Kentucky's Board of Regents has approved a tuition and mandatory fees plan for the fall semester. 

School officials say the increases are in line with recent years.

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First term state Senator Danny Carrol says the current 30 day session of the Kentucky General Assembly has been a learning experience. 

Carrol, the president of Easter Seals West Kentucky says, in business, decisions tend to be black or white.  He says he’s quickly learning that in the legislative process, there are a lot of gray areas.

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Many Kentucky lawmakers are probably a bit worn out after another late night session in Frankfort Wednesday. It's become a tradition for state legislators to work a long day right before the end of the session break.

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Child safety advocates have long sought modifications to Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law. 

It appears such a change is headed toward final passage in the General Assembly.  Current law requires children under age seven who are between 40 and 50 inches tall ride in a booster.

Babies born in Kentucky would undergo a new medical screening under legislation approved in both Houses of the state legislature. The full House Tuesday unanimously approved the measure to begin testing newborns for Krabbe disease.

The Kentucky legislature is working to keep up with relatively new online ride-sharing services.

The House Transportation Committee Tuesday approved a Senate measure which impacts the ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber.

  Additional regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - appear headed for legislative approval in Frankfort. Supporters of the measure include members of the oil and gas industry.

A proposed measure that would give more clarity in police disciplinary matters is moving through the Kentucky General Assembly. With just a few days left in this session, the House bill passed out of a senate committee Monday.