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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Health Care
3:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky Health Exchange Call Center Opens

The federal mandate for health insurance coverage impacts thousands of Kentuckians. 

Another step toward getting those individuals covered occurred today in Lexington.  A call center for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange Office is located in Lexington.  Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand for the official launch of the center where 60 agents stand by ready to answer questions.  Carrie Banahan directs the Exchange office.

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Environment
7:45 am
Fri August 16, 2013

2013 Brings KY Corn Yields Back

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By and large, most Kentucky corn producers are experiencing a much better year compared to last summer.  Drought conditions wiped out many corn fields across western Kentucky.  With steady rains in 2013, University of Kentucky Agricultural Economist Will Snell says it’s been a different story.

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Society
4:55 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Bluegrass Games Expects 6K People This Weekend

Some 6,000 participants could be in central Kentucky for this weekend’s Bluegrass State Games. This is the 29th year for the statewide amateur competition.  Bluegrass Sports Commission Director Terry Johnson said last year competitors came from 99 of 120 Kentucky counties.

“We are strongest in central Kentucky and eastern Kentucky and northern Kentucky and Louisville.  And we are working, it’s one of our big efforts to try and move westward a couple centuries after the country did, but we’re trying to move westward.” Johnson said. “We get participation from western Kentucky, but not to the level we want and we want to make sure folks over there feel a part of this.  This is the State Games.”

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Government
3:34 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Kentucky to Receive $1.2M for Long-Term Unemployed

Kentucky is receiving $1.2 million in federal money for workers who have been without jobs for more than six months. 

Terri Bradshaw with the State Office of Employment and Training said grants will support on-the-job training, customized training and registered apprenticeships.

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Government
3:34 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

House Speaker Hears Only Silence Over Proposed Tax Reforms

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In just over a month, lawmakers are back in Frankfort for a special session on new boundaries for Kentucky’s legislative districts.  But, there are no plans yet to resolve another issue facing the state.

It’s often called real tax reform or comprehensive tax reform. And it’s been on Frankfort’s radar screen for years. Despite numerous proposals, no substantial change in tax policy has come under serious consideration at the statehouse. Gov. Beshear says Kentucky needs a ‘modern tax system’ responsive to a 21st century economy.  But, he admits, politicians would rather avoid the topic.

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Government
11:09 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Federal Restrictions On School Snacks Not "Monumental" To Kentucky

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Proposed federal food restrictions could change the makeup of the snacks available in Kentucky schools. It’s part of an ongoing effort to improve the eating habits of young people.

The new federal regulations are scheduled to go into effect about this time next year.  The child nutrition program manager with the Kentucky Department of Education says they won’t result in monumental changes.  But Sue Bartenfield adds some of the federal measures are more restrictive than current Kentucky law.

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Education
1:47 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Kentucky Education Association's New President: 'Teachers Ready for Increased Dropout Age'

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The new president of Kentucky’s teacher union indicates educators are ready for a tougher minimum dropout age.  Many school districts have already acted to increase the minimum from 16 to 18-years-old.  Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler says teachers see the higher minimum drop-out age as an opportunity

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Government
7:22 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kentucky Health Exchange Will Use 'Kynectors' To Assist Uninsured

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A call is going out for individuals to assist those uninsured Kentuckians looking at the federal health care law for coverage.  The state is seeking both for profit and nonprofit entities to serve as ‘kynectors’ for the health benefit exchange.  Carrie Banahan, Director of the state Health Benefit Exchange believes these individuals providing assistance will stay busy.

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Government
2:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Beshear, Trade Delegation Make Trip to Canada

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A delegation from Kentucky is working to expand its business relationship with the state’s number one trading partner. Gov. Steve Beshear, along with representatives from over 20 companies, meets this week with Canadian officials.

Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet Spokesman Daniel Lowry says even a strong trade relationship can grow stronger.

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Environment
7:21 am
Mon May 27, 2013

KY Farmers Still Fighting Weather Conditions

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Unseasonably cool springtime temperatures coupled with lots of rain have created challenges for many Kentucky farmers.  University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Tom Priddy said just over half of the projected corn crop is in the ground.  He says close to all of the corn was planted by this time a year ago.  Still, Priddy said some gains were made last week.

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