Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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West Coast Battery Company EnerBlu plans to invest $372 million in a manufacturing plant in Pikeville.  The formal announcement came this morning in eastern Kentucky. 

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A Mayfield city council member hopes to enact a law prohibiting bars in the far western Kentucky town.

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Kentucky has made some progress in improving the health of its citizens. The proof is found in some recent national ratings.

Veteran Lexington council member Kevin Stinnett plans to seek the office of mayor. The announcement comes on the day Lexington Mayor Jim Gray launched his campaign for 6th District congressman.


Kentucky agriculture officials expect an economic boost from renewed horse trading. 

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The president of the Kentucky senate says a special legislative session on pension reforms could still happen between now and the end of December. But Robert Stivers admits the window of opportunity for a likely five-day session is closing a bit day by day.

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A work group studying Kentucky’s prison system predicts additional incarceration costs totaling more than a half billion dollars over the next decade, if further legislative remedies aren’t pursued. 

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Kentuckians for the Commonwealth hopes to raise awareness of the significance of an accurate count during the 2020 Census. 

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Kentucky is reportedly the first state in the country to offer a specialty license plate drawing attention to Alzheimer’s disease.

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Representatives of four different groups are calling for more attention to the number of women incarcerated in Kentucky. The groups claim much of that imprisonment stems from low level non-violent drug crimes.