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
2:45 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

New Regional Career Academy to Open This Fall

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Kentucky's first regional career academy is scheduled to begin offering classes to 25 to 30 students this fall. The students will come from the five north central counties of Carrol, Gallatin, Henry, Owen, and Trimble.

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Government
4:01 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Leaders of Both Houses of Kentucky Legislature Remain Confident About Heroin Bill

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Leaders of both houses of the Kentucky general assembly remain committed to passage of legislation to address heroin problems. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers appeared Thursday on WEKU's Eastern Standard program. Both men are confident that a heroin bill will be passed this session.

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Government
8:21 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Senate Democrats and Republicans Debate Process on Floor

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Democrats in the Kentucky Senate sent a formal letter to the chamber’s president expressing concern about the pace of bill consideration.

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Government
4:18 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Statewide Smoking Ban Easily Clears House Committee

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A proposed statewide smoking ban easily passed out of the House and Welfare Committee Thursday with a vote of 11-to-4. The matter now moves on to the full House.

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Government
2:55 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

School Project Prevailing Wage Bill Clears Senate Budget Committee

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Legislation that would exempt officials with some Kentucky school construction projects from paying the prevailing wage easily cleared a senate committee today.  

The State Senate Budget Committee approved the legislation that exempts school construction projects that cost $250,000 or more from paying prevailing wage.  

Bill Sponsor Wil Schroder told members more work could be done for less money, without jeopardizing the quality of the project.  

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Government
6:42 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Expungement Bill Fails in Legislature

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Legislation that could clear the felony records of some 95 thousand Kentuckians failed to pass out of committee yesterday. The measure would give individuals convicted of one felony the ability to seek expungement five years after serving their sentence, parole, or probation.

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Government
3:03 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Senate Panel Hears from Groups in Support of Freezing Kentucky’s Gas Tax

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Concerns about Kentucky's dwindling gas tax got a full review during a Senate legislative committee Wednesday. The major worry from state lawmakers and local government leaders is how the drop in revenue effects the Commonwealth’s road construction and maintenance fund.

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Government
2:28 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Annual Economic Report: 'Cautiously Optimistic' 2015 Kentucky Economy

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The University of Kentucky released its 43rd state economic report Monday.

Ken Troske with the Gatton College of Business and Economics says Kentucky will likely see moderate to slow growth in 2015.  

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Government
6:08 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Ky. League of Cities Pushes for Local Option Sales Tax, 9-1-1 Fee Increase

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  The Kentucky League of Cities is heading to Frankfort this week with a full legislative agenda. Near the top are two long standing issues: stabilization of funding for emergency 9-1-1 services, and giving cities the option of pursuing a local sales tax. League Executive Director Jon Steiner says it's all about flexibility.

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Government
5:53 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Beshear Working on Economic Development Connections During European Trip

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  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is in Europe for an economic development trip.  Beshear is scheduled to speak this week at the International CAR-Symposium in Germany.  More than a thousand automobile executives gather for the yearly meeting. 

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