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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Business
2:29 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Aluminum Plant Groundbreaking Signals Economic Recovery

An economics researcher says a groundbreaking for an aluminum plant in western Kentucky sends a bigger message about economic recovery.  Governor Steve Beshear, who was joined by other public and private sector officials, broke ground last week on a $150 million dollar aluminum production plant in Bowling Green. 

 

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Society
12:40 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

How Holiday Gas Prices Will Hit Your Pocketbook

Motorists traveling from one end of Kentucky to another this holiday period could see a differing range of gasoline prices. 

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Sports
8:17 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Boat Drag Racing in West Kentucky This Fourth Weekend

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While NASCAR fans in the Commonwealth are still recovering from action at Kentucky Speedway this past weekend, drag boat racing enthusiasts are preparing for competition this Saturday and Sunday. 

Four different types of boats can compete in drag boat racing.   Kentucky Drag Boat Association President Roger Austin says thousands will be on hand this weekend to watch between 40 and 50 boats race at speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour.

"It will be wall to wall boats from 80-90 foot houseboats to 16 foot dinghies out there watching the boat races all up and down the side of a quarter mile," Austin said. 

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Food
6:18 am
Tue June 24, 2014

School Nutritionists Work to Change Eating Habits

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School nutritionists from across the Commonwealth are trying to get more students to eat healthier meals during the instructional day.  About 700 school cooks, managers, and administrators are meeting for a statewide conference this week in Lexington.  Kentucky School Nutrition Association President Sabrina Jewell says 17,000 fewer meals are being served at schools across the state, and the lack of participation is causing a financial crunch for lunch programs in many school districts.

"Because our program is federally funded, we're based off of participation,” Jewell said. “So, if they don't eat, then we don't have the money to run our programs.  General school taxes and all, they don't pay for school nutrition.  We're paid off of the meals that we serve."

 

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Education
2:58 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

UK Awards Multimedia Rights to JMI Sports

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In one of the most valuable partnerships of its kind in college athletics history, University of Kentucky officials announced Monday that JMI Sports has been awarded UK’s athletics and campus multimedia marketing rights with a 15-year, $210 million agreement. 

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Sports
7:01 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Breeders Cup Allegedly Headed to Keeneland

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Two Kentucky newspapers are reporting Keeneland will host the 2015 Breeders Cup World Championships.  Although not confirmed by the track or the Breeders Cup, reports in the Lousiville Courier Journal and Lexington Herald Leader cite sources indicating a formal announcement is expected later this month.  Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Director David Metsger said Keeneland is a good fit for the Breeders Cup.

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

UK Study on Hazardous Waste Impacts

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The University of Kentucky will use a $12 million federal grant to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts found at hazardous waste sites. 

UK Superfund Research Center According to Director Bernie Hennig, lab studies are indicating healthy individuals stand a better chance of warding off contaminants.

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Food
6:51 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Summer Feeding Sites for Children on Free Lunch Programs

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National studies indicate only one of seven children who receive a free or reduced school lunch gets a similar meal over the summer. 

Kathy Galliger, an official with the State Department of Education, said logistics and a scarcity of sponsoring groups, create the biggest barriers to getting food to hungry kids in the summer. While her agency, the state's summer food service program, doesn't track such numbers, Galliger suspects Kentucky's figures are even worse than the one-in-seven national statistic.  Still, she said there are federal dollars to pay for food.

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Environment
6:51 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Kentucky Reacts to New EPA Rules

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The new Environmental Protection Agency rules seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.  State's heavily dependent on coal, like Kentucky, are expected to have some flexibility in meeting a new standard.  Still, Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett believes an already diminished eastern Kentucky mining industry would suffer more job losses and says the potential impact goes beyond the coal fields to all manufacturers.

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Health
7:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Researchers Study Exercise During Pregnancy for Child Cancer Protection

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  An area of cancer research at the University of Kentucky is focusing on exercise for mothers during pregnancy to help prevent cancer in their children.  

Second year grad student Alyssa Jarrel is involved in conducting the study and said the research has focused so far on mice, but could very well have implications for humans.  

  "Pregnancy is such a short term intervention and it can have long term benefits for the offspring.  So, we're talking nine months for an intervention for the mom to have lifetime benefits for the child,"  Jarrel said.

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