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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A Kentucky House panel has reviewed state tax credits tied to private investments for businesses in the Commonwealth. A leading state economic official also spoke of future business growth in eastern Kentucky.

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Legislation focusing on slowing gang recruitment across Kentucky got widespread support in a House committee on Wednesday. The measure calls for tougher penalties and longer sentences for those convicted of crimes tied to gangs. 

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The commissioner for the State Department of Medicaid Services says targeted information about recent Medicaid changes will be coming to recipients in the next month or so.

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A Kentucky senate committee has unanimously backed legislation which could help grow the state’s “blowout bar” offerings. 

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The Kentucky House Budget Committee unanimously approved placing $7 million into an emergency school loan fund.

The dollars would be available for 12 school districts facing significant losses in revenue due to a dwindling coal industry.

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Kentucky Habitat for Humanity is launching a three-year initiative aimed at accelerating construction of affordable housing.  Habitat is joining about 50 non-profit housing providers.  The formal announcement of the 2020 Housing Vision project came Monday at the state capitol.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has named a veteran law enforcement officer to head the Division of Police. A packed city hall lobby welcomed the news that Lawrence Weathers will be the city’s new police chief.

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A bill to require family members to sign a contract agreeing to proper disposal of powerful pain killers upon the death of a loved one is before the Kentucky House. 

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The commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said it’s hard to predict how soon the state’s deer population will rebound from a decimating disease. 

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Legislation calling for state regulation of online eye exams using a cell phone app has emerged from the House Health and Family Services Committee. 

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