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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The decline in the number of dairy farms continues in Kentucky.  A decade ago, State Dairy Marketing Specialist Eunice Schlappi says the Commonwealth had about two thousand dairy farms.  Schlappi says that number is down to about 850 today.

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The head of the Family Foundation of Kentucky says re-defining marriage in the United States would be a ‘tragedy.’  Kent Ostrander joined a discussion on gay marriage on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. He says he believes society benefits from traditional marriages.

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A Lexington state representative with a history of tax reform interest says the current panel studying the issue is quite different in its makeup.  

Kentucky’s new Department of Travel and Tourism Commissioner is charged with expanding tourism by while landing new attractions. 

The Memorial Day Weekend will come to a close at day’s end.  Many people will be traveling home during the day.

The varying forms of drug abuse have created challenges for both treatment and law enforcement professionals.  Much attention across Kentucky in recent years has centered on a growing prescription drug abuse problem.  State lawmakers have taken steps to crack down on improper pain clinics while also providing better communication within the medical profession about patients’ use of prescribed drugs.   Michelle Lofwall (LAHF-wall) is a University of Kentucky psychiatrist who treats prescription drug users.  She is beginning to see another alarm go off.

The first three day holiday weekend of the summer is upon us and AAA says car travel will be the preferred mode of transportation.  In fact, Christopher Oakford at Bluegrass Triple A says more Kentuckians are expected to take a trip over 50 miles compared to last Memorial Day.  Oakford says the auto club took a survey of motorists back in April.

Calls to the state attorney general’s election fraud hotline are running higher than a year ago.  By mid-afternoon, 16 complaints had been received.  

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Excited talk on the possibility of a Triple Crown winner in thoroughbred racing resurfaced Saturday evening… just after ‘I’ll Have Another’ won the Preakness.  

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The entire GOP field in Kentucky’s fourth district congressional race had their say on KET last night.  Lewis County Judge Executive Thomas Massie is considered one of the front runners in the seven person Republican primary. He commented on the use of private sector knowledge in Washington on KET’s Kentucky Tonight.

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