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
3:30 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Kentucky Senate President Wants to Shorten the General Assembly Calendar by a Third

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The leader of the Kentucky Senate would like to see future General Assembly calendars shortened by a third over a two year period. 

Robert Stivers' bill, which won committee approval today, calls for the legislature to meet each January for five days. 

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Education
2:31 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

House to Vote on Legislation to Cut Academic Days for Snow-Impacted Schools

The full House will vote on legislation to allow local school districts to shorten their instructional calendar by up to ten days. 

The measure is being promoted as a way for schools to deal with a higher-than-normal number of snow days. 

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Government
7:12 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Local Sales Tax Option Faces Tough Senate Opponents

A call from city officials across the state for a local sales tax option faces tough sledding in the Kentucky legislature.  

But, a veteran Kentucky senator believes some additional monies may be generated in other ways.

Jessamine County Senator Tom Buford doesn’t expect the proposal to even get a hearing in the 38 member senate.  The longtime lawmaker says there are worries local governments would always have a project to support with a local sales tax.   Buford says there are also concerns the state may get stuck with a bill later on. 

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Government
7:51 am
Mon March 10, 2014

House Legislation Aims to Lessen Dog Fighting

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Dog fighting operators could be arrested if police observe the tools of their practice under a bill before the state legislature.  Under current law, police must actually see dog fighting activities before arresting anyone.  

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Government
6:57 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Bill to Further Natural Gas Transportation Clears Committee

Kentucky legislators are discussing a fund to support the establishment of public compressed and liquid natural gas filling stations across the state.

The fund would be supported by a 1 cent tax on every gallon of liquid and compressed natural gas sold at a filling station.

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Environment
6:11 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Legislation Intends to Help Landowners Control Crop-Eating Wildlife

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The state of Kentucky is working to give farmers more options when it comes to dealing with wildlife that eat their crops. The primary target of the legislation is deer.

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Politics
12:50 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Hal Heiner Announces GOP Bid for 2015 Kentucky Governor Race

Kentucky’s first candidate into the 2015 race for governor launched his campaign Tuesday. Former Louisville Metro Council member Hal Heiner is seeking the republican nomination.  

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Government
8:01 am
Mon March 3, 2014

House Approves Tougher Fines for Texting in Work or School Zones

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Concerns about distracted driving continue to draw attention in the Kentucky General Assembly.  On Friday, the House approved a measure that would double the fines for texting while driving in school or work zones.

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Government
7:34 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Transportation Project Funding Comes Before Budget Committee

As they prepare to vote on funding for road repairs, state lawmakers are asking questions about maintenance and new projects. State transportation department officials went before the House Budget Subcommittee on Transportation Monday.

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Education
7:47 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Legislature Moves to Set Planning Time Minimum for Teachers

The Kentucky House has overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring teachers to be paid for a minimum of 120 minutes a week for non-teaching activities. 

Bill sponsor Rita Smart says having adequate planning time in the daily schedule seems to be a bigger issue for elementary teachers.

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