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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Government
7:23 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Juvenile Justice Reforms Pass House

The Kentucky House has passed the much-debated juvenile justice reform bill.  Proponents say it could lead to state savings of $25 million over a five year period by reducing incarceration for "low level offenders".

House Judiciary Committee Chair John Tilley championed the bill on the floor Thursday. 

"This bill will, contrary to what some have said, put greater emphasis on family involvement and involving families at the k-stage and earlier stages of intervention and we think this will present better outcomes for Kentucky's youth and their families," said Tilley.

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Government
2:28 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Kentucky Senate Approves $5.4 Billion State Road Plan

The state senate's approach to building and maintaining roads and bridges across the Commonwealth is moving forward.  The state senate adopted the six-year road plan Wednesday.  

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Government
4:06 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ky. Senate Passes $20 Billion Budget: Cuts University Projects and Restores Operational Funding

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The Kentucky Senate has approved its version of a two-year, $20 billion state budget.

The Senate voted  25 for, two against, and 11 pass votes on the budget Monday afternoon.

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Government
6:54 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Senate Committee Hears From Mental Health Advocates

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Although Kentucky lawmakers are not considering any major health reforms this session, the topic often still makes it onto legislative agendas.  That was the case this week, as the Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard from mental health advocates. 

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

KY Senate Passes Proposal to Shorten Legislative Sessions

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Legislation aimed at shortening Kentucky General Assembly sessions has easily passed the state's senate.  If approved by the full legislature, the constitutional amendment would require statewide voter approval before it could to go into effect. 

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Government
4:18 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Senate Bill to Ban Tanning Beds for Minors Fails

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Legislation to ban most minors from Kentucky tanning beds has failed in committee. The House-approved measure fell two votes shy of passage in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.  

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Government
11:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky House to Vote on Road Construction Plan Today

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The leader of the Kentucky House expects to see a slimmed-down road construction budget come before his members.  The full house is expected to vote on the plan this afternoon. 

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the six year plan, which outlines construction schedules and costs, is over programmed by a billion dollars.

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Government
7:29 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Roof Repair Legislation Heads to the Senate

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When severe storms blow through the Commonwealth, less-than-reputable roof repair crews often times offer their services.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says legislation approved in the House hopes to remedy the problem. 

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Government
7:14 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Judiciary Committee Moves on KY Juvenile Justice Reform

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A legislative effort to reform a portion of Kentucky's juvenile justice system is moving in the General Assembly.  The one-hundred-plus page bill won committee approval Thursday in Frankfort.

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Government
7:25 am
Thu March 13, 2014

State Senate Backs Use of Hemp Oil as Medical Treatment

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The Kentucky Senate is backing the use of marijuana or hemp oil to treat severe cases of epilepsy in children.  

The senate voted 38-0 yesterday in favor of a bill to give the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville the authority to study cannabis oil. 

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