Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

stu.johnson@eku.edu

Kentucky’s Secretary of State has issued a good news-bad news report on business filings.

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Kentucky isn'’t considered a battleground state in this year’'s presidential election, but that'’s not stopping a few Republicans from trying to make a difference this fall.

The state property tax bill delivered to homeowners this fall will look familiar.  This year’s tax rate of just over 12-cents per 100 dollar assessed property value has remained unchanged since 2008.  

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The combination of high heat and inconsistent rainfall is hurting many crops in Kentucky including one of the more recent additions to the state’s agriculture industry. 

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The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on immigration has officials in many states mulling over its impact. The matter was the topic of discussion this week on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. 

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As Kentuckians prepare for the Fourth of July, temperatures are expected to close in on the 100 degree mark.  A hot dry fourth would create some additional concern for fire safety.

Fire officials every summer often suggest families attend professional fireworks shows.  There are always safety issues related to back yard fireworks displays.  But, this year, extremely dry conditions raise a real fire threat to brush and structures.  In fact, State Fire Marshall Bill Swope says even some professionals are weighing their options.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on federal issues of health care and immigration before it completes its term this summer.  A health care ruling is expected soon.  

Wildfire issues

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Wild fires are scorching hundreds of square miles in several western states of the U.S.  While parts of Kentucky are experiencing severe drought, the risk of similar fires in the commonwealth is relatively small.

Motorists across Kentucky are keen to the fact that when it comes to predicting gasoline prices, it is far from an exact science.  It’s not unusual to find pump prices in one town 20 to 30 cents lower than in a community less than a half hour away.  

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A just released document called ‘A Community Guide to Reducing Obesity’ details local projects in 17 areas of the Commonwealth.  

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