Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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Friday marks the required opening day for in-person absentee voting at Kentucky’s county clerk offices. 

But, the president of the statewide county clerks association doesn’t expect an increase in foot traffic in her Danville office.

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Kentucky is one of 18 states scoring above the national average when it comes to preparedness for health-related emergencies.  The national index program is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Businesses in a southern Kentucky tourist-rich area are hoping a National Park Service report released this week is an indicator of a strong upcoming summer season.  

That report showed visitors to the state’s national parks spent over $113 million in the Commonwealth last year. 

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The U.S. Secretary of Energy is stressing what he’s calling “flexibility” when it comes to the future use of coal as an energy source in this country.  Ernie Moniz led off a regional energy forum at the University of Kentucky Thursday.

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, via Facebook

The state budget adopted by the Kentucky general assembly last week maintains some funding for the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund. Land preservationists are breathing a sigh of relief. 

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The aftermath of passage of a 21 billion dollar state budget will be evident this week. It includes funding cuts to state universities and has prompted a hiring freeze at Eastern Kentucky University.

Prichard Committee, Facebook

The head of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence would like to see more flexibility in early childhood education spending. The budget agreement reached in Frankfort maintains education funding for preschool through 12th grade. 

Ky Council on Postsecondary Education

A founding member of Kentucky’s best known education advocacy organization is thankful to legislators for coming to agreement on a state budget, something she calls crucial for the state.  

Council on Postsecondary Education

The head of Kentucky’s Council on Post-secondary Education says the compromise state budget will have an effect on every college and university campus in the state. 

Leaders from the House and Senate reached a compromise agreement early Thursday morning. 


Kentucky’s rural counties, in line with similar areas in other states, are experiencing a declining population.