Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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


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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6:50 am
Tue January 20, 2015

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


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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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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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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7:05 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Senate Committee Passes Bill Addressing KY's Heroin Problem

From Left to right. Jessica Tomlin-State Senator Chris McDaniel-Alex Elswick
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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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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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2:50 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Fundraiser Launched for Statewide Mobile Cancer Screening Unit

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The group Horses and Hope and partners are seeking funds for a 40 foot mobile cancer screening unit to travel to underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

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3:49 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Kentucky Legislature Opens with Ceremonies, New Leaders, Agenda Setting

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The 2015 Kentucky General Assembly session is off and running.  As  is tradition, the first day included a great deal of ceremony.

The Kentucky House and Senate traditionally open the session at high noon.  The primary focus of this first week is to formalize leadership in both chambers.  But, the first day also included a brass rendition of the national anthem, an acoustic version of My Old Kentucky Home, and a visit by the Supreme Court Chief Justice to both houses of the legislature.

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7:57 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Kentucky Beekeeper Goals for 2015

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Kentucky's chief beekeeper would like to see the numbers of her colleagues grow across the state in 2015. 


State Apiarist Tammie Horn said there are only a couple hundred commercial beekeepers in the U.S.  Horn, a senior researcher at Eastern Kentucky University, says the vast majority of those who tend hives in the Commonwealth are part-timers, otherwise known as sideliners.   She said these beekeepers can still see financial benefits.


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2:29 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Lake Barkley State Resort Park to Participate in Worldwide Group Workout

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With an eye on a world record, Lake Barkley State Resort Park is looking for some fitness participants.  The aim is to set the record Saturday for the world's largest simultaneous group workout.

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