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
3:03 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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Transportation
5:49 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Transportation Advocacy Group Supports Freezing Gas Tax

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When they return to work next week, Kentucky lawmakers are expected to consider ways to stem a drop in state gas tax monies.

Significant declines in the price per gallon at the pump have led to a loss of revenue to maintain and build roads. 

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Health
6:50 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Lexington Company Working on Device to Improve Oral Health in Ky.

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Researchers at Lexington's Innovative Diagnostics are working on a device that uses saliva to better determine oral health. 

The company is one of nine high tech firms in Kentucky named last week to split almost $3 million. The grants are part of the state's Small Business Innovation Research matching fund program. 

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Business
6:29 am
Thu January 15, 2015

KY Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education Expands

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A program designed to benefit Kentucky's manufacturing sector is expanding.  Governor Steve Beshear made the announcement Wednesday at the Georgetown Toyota plant, where the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education initiative is already underway.  It is growing to include Louisville, northern Kentucky, and Elizabethtown.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Senate President Asks for University of Kentucky Cancer Research Funding

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The Kentucky Senate president is asking the legislature to consider funding a cancer research project at the University of Kentucky.

Robert Stivers says he realizes his request is not typical one, especially for a non-budget session.

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Government
7:05 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Senate Committee Passes Bill Addressing KY's Heroin Problem

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In a rare vote for the first week of a short legislative session, a Senate Judiciary committee has unanimously adopted a measure aimed at tackling Kentucky's heroin problems.  The bill calls for increased treatment in jails, tougher sentences for traffickers, and wider distribution of a drug designed to reverse the effects of an overdose. 

Jessica Tomlin lost a sister to heroin.  She says increased treatment is a priority.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Kentucky House Leaders Name Richards Speaker Pro Tem

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Kentucky House members have formally approved their leaders from both political parties. 

Decisions were made during closed door caucus meetings Tuesday.  

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