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
3:40 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Legislators in Both Houses Wrangle Over Pace of Budget Action

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In the Kentucky Legislature, there was budget talk Friday in both houses, but it had little to do with dollars and cents.  It began in the Senate when Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer asked members in the House to move on a two year budget and get it to his chamber.  

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Government
3:25 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Ky. Senate Moves to Reduce 'Water Patrol Harassment'

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation its sponsor argues would help reduce water patrol harassment in the state. A Marina operator testified in committee about a growing wave of boater complaints about overzealous officers. 

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Politics
6:56 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Bar Conceal-Carry Bill Headed To KY House

Legislation that would allow those with concealed carry permits to carry weapons into bars and restaurants is on its way to the Kentucky House. 

The Senate passed the measure Thursday by a 30 to 4 vote. Northern Kentucky Senator John Schickel believes Senate Bill 60 is all about the right to defend oneself.  

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Politics
8:08 am
Thu February 20, 2014

House Committee Hears Eminent Domain and Bluegrass Pipeline Debate

The hotly-debated issue of eminent domain as it relates to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project got a lengthy hearing at the State Capitol Wednesday. 

The pipeline proposed to travel through a sizable section of central and western Kentucky has been a topic of debate for months. 

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Government
12:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ky. Legislators May Look to Affordable Care Act for Budget Savings

Despite unanswered questions about the impact of federal health care reforms, Kentucky's lawmakers are taking steps to pass a state budget.  House members have begun the process of evaluating and modifying the spending plan proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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Higher Education
4:12 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Former KY Sec. State Grayson Passed Over for Transy-U President's Position

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 Transylvania University's new president comes to Kentucky from New England, but not Harvard.  Dr. Seamus Carey will lead the Lexington private school. He is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Government
6:48 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Senate Appears Cool to Freezing Gas Tax

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The head of the Kentucky Senate Transportation Committee doesn’t see much support in his chamber for freezing the state’s gas tax.  

Funds from the tax go to build new roads and bridges and finance improvements. Governor Beshear is suggesting the fee stay at the December rate, a penny and a half higher than that of January. 

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Government
6:46 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Near the Mid Way Point of 2014 Session

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Next Wednesday marks the midway point for the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly.  Typically, much of the heavy lifting regarding legislation occurs during the second half of the 60-day session.  This winter’s law making exercise seems to be following in that tradition.

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Politics
6:37 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Smoking Ban Bill May See House Floor This Week

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The House sponsor of a bill that would establish a statewide smoking ban hopes to see a floor vote this week.  But, as Kentucky Public Radio's Stu Johnson reports, proponents realize the measure still faces opposition.

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Education
3:47 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Ky. House Backs Funding for Child Care Rating Expansion

The Kentucky House is backing a significant expansion of the early child care provider rating system.   It will mean hundreds more child care centers will be able to tap into the “Star Rating” program offered by the state.  The expansion will necessitate training paid for by federal dollars through the “Race to the Top” grant program.  

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