Stu Johnson, WEKU

Reporter/Producer - Lexington

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2:36pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Education

EKU President: School Branding Reboot and Multiple Construction Projects Planned

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Universities must comply with numerous laws, regulations and policies. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says there are federal reporting requirements for everything from financial aid, to accounting, to on-campus crime statistics. 

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4:21pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Health and Welfare

Report: Kentucky One of Worst States for Underprivileged Children

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The director of Kentucky Youth Advocates says the most important challenge facing the state's children is poverty. 

Terry Brooks is responding to a report just released by WalletHub, a personal finance social network.  In it, Kentucky ranked 44th nationally in the percentage of children living in households with below poverty level income. 

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4:52pm

Thu May 22, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Capilouto Letter Raises New Concerns About Rupp Project

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A letter from the University of Kentucky President to the Chair of the Lexington Center Corporation is causing new debate about Lexington's Rupp Arena project.   Lexington Center Board Chair Brent Rice has been deeply involved in moving the Rupp/Convention Center project forward. 

In the letter dated May 20th, UK President Eli Capilouto expresses significant concerns about how financing for the 350 million dollar project has been handled. 

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9:21am

Mon April 14, 2014
All Politics are Local

Lawmakers Return to Frankfort for Veto Session

Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies.  Beshear has vetoed a public-private partnership measure which gives state and local governments more leeway in using private companies to move forward with typically expensive construction projects.   The bill, approved by the General Assembly, would prohibit the use of tolls to help finance a bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio.

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9:15am

Mon April 14, 2014
Station News & Events

Forest Fire Closes State Park

An early spring forest fire has led to the closure of a Southeast Kentucky state park.  The woodland fire fed by gusty winds forced the Sunday shut down of Kingdom Come State Park in Harlan and Letcher counties.    Local fire departments and about 50 Division of Forestry firefighters worked to contain the fire, which at one point covered about 465 acres including some state park property. Forestry officials set up an emergency command center at the park.

 

 

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12:28pm

Sat March 22, 2014
Sports

EKU Colonels Head Home As UK Wildcats Advance in NCAA Tourney

EKU Senior Glenn Cosey sparked the upset-minded Colonels early with four first-half three-pointers at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis
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The University of Kentucky Wildcats are staying in St. Louis for the weekend for another game in the 2014 NCAA tournament.  It took some doing, but UK held fast in beating Kansas State by seven.  Eastern Kentucky University, meanwhile, brought a yeoman's effort against number-two-seeded Kansas before falling 80-69. 

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12:25am

Sat March 8, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. House Committee Approves Day Care Radon Testing

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Kentucky day care centers would be required to be tested for radon under legislation approved by a House committee.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says Kentucky ranks in the top ten nationally when it comes to radon levels.  “It’s a piece of legislation that requires where young children spend nine or ten hours a day, day care centers actually get a test from a licensed professional for radon which cause lung cancer,” said Riggs.

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10:14am

Sat March 1, 2014
State Capitol

Concealed Carry for Domestic Violence Victims Approved by Ky. House

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Domestic violence victims could be given approval to carry concealed weapons sooner under legislation approved in the Kentucky House Friday.  If approved by a judge, individuals under court protective orders, could conceal a weapon without having to wait for a training session.

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6:31pm

Thu January 23, 2014
The Commonwealth

School Diabetes Bill Moving Forward

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Legislation that would require Kentucky schools to have personnel trained in diabetes management is headed to the House floor.  There were some questions raised in committee Thursday about the measure.  Western Kentucky representative Ben Waide asked about diabetes training slippage.

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10:27pm

Wed January 22, 2014
State Capitol

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Eliminate State Treasurer

Legislation seeking to eliminate the state office of treasurer is making its way through the Kentucky Senate.  The Senate State and Local Government Committee easily approved the measure Wednesday.  Bill Sponsor Chris McDaniel says voter approval of the constitutional amendment would save taxpayers about two and a half million dollars each year.

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9:47pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Displaced by Newtown Pike, Residents Could Return This Year

These trailers serve as temporary homes for Davis Bottom residents displaced by Newtown Pike
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Construction moves forward on a road project that’s changing the face of a Lexington neighborhood.  The Newtown Pike Extension Project is displacing many long-time residents of the Davis Bottom community.  It’s a low-income neighborhood, but there’s a plan designed to preserve the community and provide its residents with better housing. 


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9:33pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Health and Welfare

Ky Senate Votes to Require Abortion Consultations

The Kentucky Senate has once again voted overwhelmingly to modify the state informed consent law regarding abortions.  As in years past, the senate approved a measure to require a face-to-face medical consultation at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed.  Lexington Senator Reginald Thomas voted no.

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1:39am

Wed January 22, 2014
The Commonwealth

Beshear's Budget Includes "Harsh" Cuts to Free Funds for Education

Gov. Beshear delivered his budget address before a joint session of the General Assembly at the State Capitol Tuesday
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Governor Steve Beshear says ‘harsh’ budget cuts to some state agencies are needed to move the Commonwealth forward in the areas of education and economic development.  The governor outlined his budget strategy last night during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.


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8:51pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Mayor Gray Calls for Local Tax Option in State of the City Address

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Lexington’s mayor would like the city to have the ability to support specific projects with dedicated tax funds.  This was one of many of items in Mayor Jim Gray’s state of the city address, delivered Tuesday during a luncheon sponsored by the Lexington Forum.


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8:15pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Newtown Pike Project Changes Neighborhood, Lives

A section of the Newtown Pike extension
Credit Stu Johnson

(Part 1 of 2) - One of Lexington’s poorest neighborhoods is waiting for a newly developed neighborhood.   Many homes were demolished to make room for a new road way…in return residents were promised better housing and a restored community.  However, tired of waiting, many residents have moved on.

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7:31pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Bright Skies, Moderate Temperatures Welcome MLK Day Marchers

Lexington's Martin Luther King Day march makes its way down Vine Street
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Downtown Lexington is usually an active place on Martin Luther King Day.  And so it was this 20th day of 2014.  But, some participants in this year's annual march say more work is needed to further the efforts of the slain civil rights leader.  While special Martin Luther King festivities occur at places like the children’s museum and historic Kentucky Theater, the march through downtown remains the city's highest profile event.  


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4:21pm

Wed August 14, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Consumers Will Likely Pay Tax Increase Levied On Lexington Utilities

Lexington's street lights are funded by property taxes and a franchise fee levied on utilities.
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Beginning this fall, utility customers in Lexington can expect slightly higher bills. For months, Lexington’s Council has wrestled over the best way to pay for street lights.  Administrators say the property tax does not generate enough revenue for maintenance and new lights. 

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5:11pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Health and Welfare

Keeping Meals Tasty, Healthy And Compliant With Federal Regulations

Whole grains, low fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables have long been recommended for preschoolers. Those recommendations could become a mandate over the next year.  Organizations, like Head Start, that participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program are already preparing. Cindy Willmarth led a training session at Eastern Kentucky University.

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5:06pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Saying They Can't Stop, Many Drivers Know Texting Is Unhealthy

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 Regardless of age, Kentuckians seem willing to accept tougher penalties for people who both text and drive.  The state Wednesday made it easier to revoke the licenses of repeat offenders.  Current state law prohibits sending text messages by a vehicle’s operator. This week, through executive order, the Governor made the revocation of a driver’s license easier.  If they get enough points, the license is revoked. Lexington’s Curtis Gentry agrees with a stiffer approach.

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10:27pm

Thu May 23, 2013
Education

Eastern Kentucky University's Changing Workforce

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Come July first, the Eastern Kentucky University workforce picture takes on a new look.  The Richmond school has been undergoing restructuring as part of work by the Strategic Budget Reallocation Task Force.  127 employees at Eastern are taking a voluntary buy out package.  Their last day at E-K-U will be June 28th.  Human Resources Director Gary Barksdale says it’s unclear now how many ‘forced layoffs’ might occur.

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5:35pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Gives Preliminary OK for Food Trucks

Lexington’s City Council has given initial approval for food trucks to conduct business on certain public streets.  The matter was debated at length during this afternoon’s work session at city hall.  In the end the count was 13 yes votes, one no vote, and one abstention.  Now the matter will go on the council docket for a formal vote.  If given final approval, food trucks could be found during the day in specific zones by the first part of June.

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