Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law is getting an upgrade.  Final approval came last night at the state Capital.

As temperatures begin to climb this spring, the number of highway work crews on Kentucky's roads will also increase. Proper attention to the road remains the key to safe travels. 

Monday marks the beginning of Work Zone Awareness Week across the commonwealth. The number of fatalities in highway work zones in Kentucky has dropped the last three years, but crashes have significantly increased.

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As Kentucky's overall unemployment rate continues to fall, employment in the coal mining industry is somewhat stagnant. The state's jobless rate for February came in at 5.2 percent, the lowest since the fall of 2004. 

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The University of Kentucky has been selected to head the first federal Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center. The program aims to reduce child food insecurity in states with high poverty. 


Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps.  

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  Tax breaks related to the high profile Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland have been signed into law. 

The ceremony was held Tuesday at the state capitol. 

The law exempts the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two-day event.  

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Governor Beshear is expressing confidence that Kentucky lawmakers will approve heroin and dating violence legislation next week.

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The University of Kentucky's Board of Regents has approved a tuition and mandatory fees plan for the fall semester. 

School officials say the increases are in line with recent years.

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First term state Senator Danny Carrol says the current 30 day session of the Kentucky General Assembly has been a learning experience. 

Carrol, the president of Easter Seals West Kentucky says, in business, decisions tend to be black or white.  He says he’s quickly learning that in the legislative process, there are a lot of gray areas.

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Many Kentucky lawmakers are probably a bit worn out after another late night session in Frankfort Wednesday. It's become a tradition for state legislators to work a long day right before the end of the session break.