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
3:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Say Senate Moves at Slower Pace than House

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The Kentucky general assembly is about a third of the way through the 2014 session.  As is the case in most Kentucky legislative sessions, a great deal of the voting comes in the later weeks and days. 

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Government
4:28 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Beshear's Budget Recommends Cutting Tourism Funds, Even Though It Is Already Behind Most States

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Kentucky’s tourism industry is seen as a money making business in many communities across the Commonwealth. But, money to invite travelers to Kentucky still lags behind neighboring states.

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Government
5:11 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

You May Get to Decide on Proposed Changes to Kentucky's Election Cycle

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A proposal to change the timing of elections for Kentucky’s statewide officers has sailed out of a Senate committee.  

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Health
2:57 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

'By 2050 1 in 3 Adults Will Have Diabetes' American Diabetes Association Tells Legislature

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Health advocates believe a growing number of local prevention programs will help reduce the number of Kentuckians who suffer with diabetes. 

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Politics
4:42 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Expanded Gambling Has Better Chance in Both Kentucky Chambers This Year

Kentucky's debate over casino gambling is a long standing one, but there are indications the proposal has a greater chance of hearings this year in both legislative chambers.   

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Government
7:22 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Lawmaker Pushes For 'No Show' Fees in Medicaid

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A Louisville Senator would like to see ‘no show’ fees implemented for Medicaid patients who miss doctor appointments.  Julie Denton, who chairs the State Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, says such fees are applied in Arizona.  Denton would like to see a pilot project be established in Kentucky.

“When they’ve got some skin in the game, it’s good for the patients to get their procedures done, it’s also good for the provider, so we need to start, since we’re expanding the Medicaid population, they’ve got to have some skin in the game and I know the Secretary is working on some copays for this population,” said Denton.

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Government
3:18 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Kentucky Senate Republicans Want More Control Over Health Care Reforms

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While Kentucky’s online marketplace for health insurance is running well, some questions remain about its long term impact. 

Louisville Republican Julie Denton, who chairs the Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, still worries too many newly-insured Kentuckians will have costly health care needs.

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Health
4:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

UK Launching Clinical Alzheimer's Study

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The University of Kentucky is about to launch a clinical study that tests an existing medication as a treatment for Alzheimer Disease.

Researchers at UK’s Alzheimer Disease Center think a cholesterol-lowering class of drugs known as fibrates can also prevent the deadly dementia related ailment. 

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Government
4:29 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Calls for Statewide Smoking Ban

A call for a smoking ban inside Kentucky’s workplaces and public buildings has the support of the state’s largest business organization. 

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Health
4:27 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Experimental Treatment Offers Hope To Parkinson's Patients

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A team of doctors at the University of Kentucky will investigate new treatments for patients with Parkinson’s disease.   It potentially could reverse the brain damage done by Parkinson’s. 

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