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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Politics
6:37 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Smoking Ban Bill May See House Floor This Week

Credit www.wikipedia.com

The House sponsor of a bill that would establish a statewide smoking ban hopes to see a floor vote this week.  But, as Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson reports, proponents realize the measure still faces opposition.

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Education
3:47 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Ky. House Backs Funding for Child Care Rating Expansion

The Kentucky House is backing a significant expansion of the early child care provider rating system.   It will mean hundreds more child care centers will be able to tap into the “Star Rating” program offered by the state.  The expansion will necessitate training paid for by federal dollars through the “Race to the Top” grant program.  

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Government
8:06 am
Fri February 14, 2014

KY Senate Bill Would Reign In Water Patrols

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Enforcement efforts of Kentucky water patrol officers could soon be held to a revised standard.  Proponents say a Senate bill would help rein-in some overzealous actions on the state’s waterways.

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Government
7:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

House Bill Would Raise Fees to Pay for 911

A measure being filed in the Kentucky House would increase the monthly statewide wireless fee by 30 cents.  Proponents say the increase is needed to offset the loss of revenue as a result of declining land-line phone service.  

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Politics
7:42 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Financial Literacy Bill Moves to the Senate

The Kentucky House has approved legislation intended to help citizens of the state better understand how to save and use their money.  Western Kentucky Representative Jim Glenn is the sponsor of the bill which would form the Kentucky Financial Literacy Commission.

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Government
3:33 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Comment On Minimum Wage Legislation

(left) Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) and House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonburg)
Credit Kentucky LRC

Leaders of the Kentucky Senate and House are exchanging words on minimum wage legislation.  The House yesterday approved a bill to raise the minimum wage 95 cents a year for three years, eventually reaching ten dollars ten cents an hour.  Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber is more interested in creating new jobs.

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Fire
3:22 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

13 Fire Deaths Reinforce Safety Emphasis

Kentucky Fire Marshal Bill Swope
Credit migration.kentucky.gov

The fact that 13 fire related fatalities have occurred during the past week in Kentucky brings a reminders of the need for persistence when it comes to fire safety in the home.  

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Government
6:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Kentucky Legislators' Wait Almost Over for Governor's Tax Reform Details

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Leaders from both the Kentucky House and Senate are scheduled to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear Monday to talk tax reform. 

Lawmakers have been waiting on details of a proposal. Beshear promised weeks ago he would come forward with a legislative proposal to reform taxes.  But, the particulars of how to change the state’s tax structure will likely be revealed in Monday's meeting. 

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Education
4:14 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Budget Review Discussion Includes Call for University Presidents to be More Politically Active

Credit mspmentor.net

A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal. The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.

State Council for Postsecondary Education President Bob King set the stage. He presented a number of graphs to committee members. One depicted steeply intersecting lines with increasing tuition costs and decreasing state funding support. King said since 2008 funding cuts per college student far outdistance reductions for children in kindergarten through high school.

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Government
7:18 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bill to Lessen Helmet Requirements for Certain ATV Operators Heads to the Full Senate

A Kentucky Senate Committee has adopted legislation to lessen helmet requirements for certain all-terrain vehicle operators.  

The measure was offered by Monticello Senator Sarah Beth Gregory.

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