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
1:59 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Kentucky Lawmakers Considering Legislation to Increase Colon Cancer Screenings

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Kentucky lawmakers are considering legislative remedies to increase colon cancer screenings across the Commonwealth. Kentucky leads the country in rates of colon cancer.

Winchester Senator Ralph Alvarado, who's a doctor, says his bill would cover the costs associated with colonoscopies, once a person receives a positive fecal test card.

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Government
3:54 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

House Bill Allows Kentucky Winemakers to Produce Brandy and Fortified Wines

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Local winery owners are in support of a bill moving through the Kentucky Legislature to allow them to distill wine waste products to create brandy and other so called fortified wines.

The Kentucky House approved the bill this week.  

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Government
2:29 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Kentucky Recognized for 1st Place Economic Ranking

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A ceremony was held Tuesday at the state Capitol Rotunda in recognition of Kentucky’s first place honor in Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup rankings. 

The Commonwealth was awarded top prize for new and expanded industry activity per capita over the last year.  

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Politics
2:53 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Kentucky State Senate Sets Debt Ceiling for Future Years

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A bill intended to reduce state debt over time is on its way to the Kentucky House. The Senate voted 28-8 Friday in favor of the measure, which limits general fund supported debt to six percent. 

Sponsor Joe Bowen says, taking into account courthouse construction borrowing, the Commonwealth's current debt ratio is eight percent. Somerset Senator Chris Girdler says attitudes about borrowing are troubling. 

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Politics
12:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Kentucky Senate Passes 'Transgender Bathroom' Bill

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The Kentucky Senate has acted to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex. 

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Government
5:19 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Senate Acts to Shut Down Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that could shut down internet sweepstakes cafes in the Commonwealth. The computer based businesses give away chances to win monetary prizes with the purchase of a service or product. 

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Education
2:50 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Legislation to Alter School Council Authority Moves to Kentucky Senate Floor

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The Senate Education Committee is backing a significant change to Kentucky's Education Reform Law. The measure, approved Thursday, would change the role of school councils across the state.

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Government
2:52 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Tourist Pedaling Carts Get Go Ahead for Alcohol from House Panel

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A bill to legalize the possession of alcoholic beverages on tourism related bicycle wagons has cleared its first legislative hurdle.   

The measure was approved today by the House Licensing and Occupations Committee.  

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Government
7:38 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bill to Reduce State Debt Goes to the Full Senate for a Third Time

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Legislation aimed at reducing Kentucky's debt is headed to the Senate floor. The measure seeks to lower overall debt over time. 

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Government
6:16 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Hospice 'End of Life' Care Bill Moves Along in the Ky. General Assembly

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Legislation to make end of life decisions clear to all pertinent care givers is moving through the Kentucky general assembly. This is the third time the matter has come before state lawmakers.

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