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
2:51 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Education Officials Seeking Input on Core Academic Standards

Credit Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky teachers, parents, and other interested citizens now have a chance to weigh in on the state's core academic standards. It's the first time public comment has been sought since the standards were implemented in 2011.

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Society
6:36 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Judge Uses Drug to Aid Addicts' Recovery

Legislative interim judiciary committee co-chairs John Tilley and Whitney Westerfield heard a case for opiate addition treatment yesterday.
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In an effort to help drug addicts kick their habit, an Ohio municipal judge is offering medicated assisted treatment in his drug court.

Judge Fred Moses presented his case Thursday before a panel of Kentucky lawmakers.

 

In southeast Ohio, Judge Fred Moses overseas one of the few Vivitrol  drug courts in the country.  Vivitrol is an opioid receptor antagonist. Injected monthly, it blocks brain receptors from feeling opiate effects. If recovering addicts attempt to get high while on Vivitrol, they can not.

 

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Education
3:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Kentucky Public School Students Make a Better Grade on ACT

Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally.  Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years.  State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising.

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Society
3:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

State Fair Highlights 'Kentucky Proud' Brand

A hot brown on a stick.
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The Kentucky State Fair is offering an opportunity to educate visitors on the economic impact of the commonwealth's agriculture business. 

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Government
4:16 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Report: Kentucky One of Worst States for Underprivileged Children

The director of Kentucky Youth Advocates says the most important challenge facing the state's children is poverty. 

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Society
7:06 am
Fri August 8, 2014

DUI Arrests Down Slightly with Help from Phone Aps

Phone aps to help locate designated drivers may be lowering DUIs in Kentucky.

Messages technology addressing designated driving are working to lower drunken driving crashes in Kentucky according to Director of the state's office of highway safety, Bill Bell, who admits the drop in recent years has been slim.  

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Health
4:12 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

UK Researcher Says Nasal Spray Antidote Could Reduce Heroin Overdose Deaths

Naloxone Hydrochloride syringe
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A drug designed to reduce heroin-related overdoses has received a makeover. 

A year from now, a prescription may come in the form of a nasal spray. 

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Education
6:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Kentucky Higher Ed and Equine Advocates Support Immigration Reform

Credit Wikimedia Commons

University of Kentucky officials participated in the "Day of Action," saying the school is interested in immigration reforms to impact both teachers and students from other countries.  UK Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Mark Kornbluh says professors are required to return home as a way to continue their teaching profession here in the U.S.  "We need a way for these employees to be able to revalidate their visas to stay here, not always have to leave the country to do this and to transition to being here a longer period of time," said Kornbluh.

 

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Business
2:29 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Aluminum Plant Groundbreaking Signals Economic Recovery

An economics researcher says a groundbreaking for an aluminum plant in western Kentucky sends a bigger message about economic recovery.  Governor Steve Beshear, who was joined by other public and private sector officials, broke ground last week on a $150 million dollar aluminum production plant in Bowling Green. 

 

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Society
12:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How Holiday Gas Prices Will Hit Your Pocketbook

Motorists traveling from one end of Kentucky to another this holiday period could see a differing range of gasoline prices. 

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