Stu Johnson, WEKU

Reporter/Producer - Lexington

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6:22am

Mon February 11, 2013
Health and Welfare

The Number of 'Scald Burns' Remains Consistent

In any given week, three to five burn patients could be treated at the University of Kentucky Hospital.  About half of the injuries in young children are typically ‘scald burns.  A ‘scald burn’ can happen in just a matter of seconds.  University of Kentucky Burn Unit Director Leslie Wong says many children are injured after pulling a hot liquid down off a counter.

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4:34pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Education

EKU Layoffs Anticipated

A plan to cut Eastern Kentucky University’s budget by ten percent carries with it some expected employee layoffs.   The explanation about the budget alteration came in an email from Eastern President Doug Whitlock to faculty and staff.   Whitlock says about 75 percent of the Richmond school’s budget covers employee salaries and benefits.  In meeting the directive of the board to make a ten percent cut, the Eastern President says forced layoffs are possible.

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11:37am

Fri February 8, 2013
Education

'Green' Education Center Opens in Frankfort

A new ‘green’ Capital Education Center is now open.  The former heating and cooling facility had been dormant until its renovation into a visitors’ destination.  Governor Beshear says more than 60 thousand students, teachers, and other guests visit the Capital Campus each year.  He says ‘the building will serve as an outstanding resource to promote energy efficiency, sustainability, and more.’  The building is insulated wit recycled denim and features a viewing platform on the roof wit solar panels, a wind turbine, and a rooftop garden.

10:52am

Fri February 8, 2013
Arts Weekly

The Goat-Rascal Flatts-H'artful of Fun

Adam Luckey, who is well known for his acting roles on Lexington stages, is the new host of Red Barn Radio, a bluegrass music program recorded in Lexington and distributed nationwide.
Credit RICH COPLEY — Lexington Herald-Leader

 A play about a man and his goat hits the stage in Lexington this weekend.  There’s music, then basketball, and then music again in Rupp Arena.  Plus, raising money for the Living Arts and Science Center is on the agenda.  Rich Copley, a cultural arts reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader, speaks this week with Weku’s Stu Johnson.  He says the Balagula Theatre will feature Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia.’

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4:41pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Optimism About Local Housing Starts

The sounds of hammers and saws could ring out a little louder in the bluegrass in 2013.  So says Chris Bollinger, Director for the Center of Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky.   Bollinger looks for more residential construction over the next 12 months.  “And I think we’re going to begin to see new construction.  Housing starts are beginning to climb in Lexington as they are in Louisville and Cincinnati as well.  And I think we’ll begin to see that new construction going in 2013.  It will probably be 2014 before we really see the housing starts index for Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati return to their historic trends,” said Bollinger.

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4:38pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Mountain Kentucky

Honoring Weather Related Communications

Two Magoffin County officials are being honored for their response to a tornado event in southeast Kentucky almost a year ago.  County Judge Executive Charles Hardin and Emergency Management Director Mike Wilson are recipients of the StormReady Community Hero Award.  Wilson alerted Hardin of the impending tornado heading toward Salyersville.  Jackson National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Harley says the county judge made door to door visits along highway 460.

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7:18am

Mon January 28, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Homelessness Report to be Discussed Tuesday

A much anticipated report on homelessness in Lexington is due out Tuesday.   The report, which was composed by members of a Mayor’s Commission, will include strategies meant to reduce the number of homeless people.  Commission Co-Chair Steve Kay says they hope to find funding, increase the number of affordable residences, and improve services available to people who could lose their homes.

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7:15am

Mon January 28, 2013
State Capitol

Pill Mill Revisions Possible

Within a few weeks, the Kentucky General Assembly could modify the new ‘Pill Mill’ law.  It was intended to help crack down on improperly run pain clinics, but some health care professionals complain it’s too cumbersome.  Dave Hopkins, who oversees the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, agrees one of the law’s provisions is probably not necessary.

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6:51am

Mon January 28, 2013
Sports

Roundball Update

The aim for the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels will be to bounce back this week.  E-K-U lost its first home game of the season Saturday to league leading Belmont 85 to 74.  This Thursday Eastern travels to UT-Martin.  The University of Kentucky Wildcats got a five point win over L-S-U Saturday.  This Tuesday night UK takes on the SEC leader Mississippi in Oxford.   University of Louisville dropped its third straight game, losing to Georgetown 53-51 over the weekend.  U of L hosts Pittsburg tonight.

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4:08pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Business and the Economy

Earned Income Tax Credit Promoted

Low wage earning Kentuckians are again being urged to file for federal earned income tax credits.  The plea came today/Friday from Governor Beshear in Lexington and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson in Louisville.  West Liberty resident Zach Engle got married, bought a home, and then lost his job a year ago.  He was a tax credit beneficiary turned financial coach.  “My wife and I just recently celebrated our one year anniversary.  I have a job that I enjoy going to every day and I jumped at the opportunity given to me by my wonderful supervisor to become a vita volunteer tax preparer, giving me a chance to truly pay it forward,” said Engle.

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6:55am

Thu January 10, 2013
Sports

EKU Pulls Off Unlikely Upset

For the first time since 2007, the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels have beaten Murray State in Murray.  E-K-U went into the Ohio Valley Conference contest as a heavy underdog, but jumped out to an early lead.  Eastern scored 24 straight points in the first half and held a 14 point lead at half.  Murray mounted a furious comeback to trim the lead to five late in the game, but E-K-U pulled back out and won 77 to 65.

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2:54pm

Mon December 10, 2012
All Politics are Local

Barr Speaks at Chamber's Legislative Preview

Even with the fiscal cliff looming, newly elected central Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr opposes any tax increase.  Barr was the opening speaker today in Lexington at the annual Kentucky Chamber’s Legislative Preview.  The Republican believes increasing taxes on wealthier Americans will hurt the economy.

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11:19am

Thu December 6, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

New Signs Point the Way to a Parking Spot

Restoration work on a popular Lexington parking garage has some motorists scrambling for parking spots.  The Annex Garage along Main Street was closed in early November.    Normally, Lexington Parking Authority Director Gary Means says over six hundred vehicles parked there each day.  “They come through the garage on a given day.  And then you have at least 300 employees or monthly parkers that could park there on any given day.  And there’s only 380 spaces so it was a busy garage before we had to close it,” said Means.

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10:39am

Mon November 26, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Holiday Send Off for Military Missions

A Lexington based organization that supports military personnel serving overseas is expanding its program.   For several years, Military Missions has shipped care-packages to soldiers.  This holiday season, the organization has launched an ‘Adopt-A-Hero’ program.  Military Missions Volunteer Larry Neuzel says donors can send items to specific service men and women.   “We have some in Kuwait.  I saw one the other day from Korea, so anybody that’s overseas that have gone to our website and we have a place on there where you can add a hero.  We do this all year long, not just at Christmas time.

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6:48am

Mon November 26, 2012
Sports

Post Thanksgiving Round Ball

The College basketball season doesn’t take much of a break over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  It’s also a busy week ahead for area teams.  Eastern Kentucky University beat Norfolk State by 24 points Saturday night.  E-K-U takes on Delaware State in another home game Wednesday night.  The University of Kentucky ran past Long Island University Brooklyn Friday.  The Wildcats travel to South Bend Indiana for a run in with Notre Dame Thursday.

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6:46am

Mon November 26, 2012
Education

Langauge Instructors Sought

As the number of immigrants coming to central Kentucky grows, the demand for English lessons also increases.  But, there are not enough instructors here who can teach English-as-a-Second-Language classes.  Lexington’s Multicultural Affairs Coordinator Isabel Taylor says ‘the numbers’ tell a big part of the story.  Taylor says data gathered from the Fayette County School System shows about 15 hundred non-English speaking children were enrolled in 2005.  By last spring, she says that number had almost tripled.

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12:48pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Station News & Events

Increased Thanksgiving Travel Expected

Motorists this Thanksgiving Week are apt to see congested interstate highways around Kentucky.  Holiday travel is anticipated to increase slightly for the five day period.  Triple-A spokesman Christopher Oakford says that’s been the trend in recent years.  “It’s about a one percent increase on last year, but last year was again an increase on the year before so it gradually seeing a rise or a recovery in the number of people who are choosing to travel since the economic downturn in 2008,” said Oakford.

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5:42am

Mon November 19, 2012
Faith and Values

First Female Bishop from Kentucky

  A Kentucky woman is making history in her new position as a church leader in Alabama.  The Reverend Debbie Wallace Padgett is making her mark on history in a couple ways.  This fall the Eastern Kentucky native became the first female Methodist Bishop in Alabama.  Padgett is also the first woman from Kentucky elected to such a position.  She believes ministerial opportunities for women are growing all the time.

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5:40am

Mon November 19, 2012
State Capitol

Taxpayer Savings Through Amnesty

Kentuckians who owe state taxes now have just two weeks to take advantage of an amnesty program.  Delinquent taxpayers can pay what they owe and avoid penalties, fees, and additional interest.  Kentucky Secretary of Finance and Administration Lori Flanery says it’s been ten years since Kentucky has offered tax amnesty.  “The amount of money that is anticipated is about 55 million dollars.  In the 2002 effort, there was actually 40 million dollars collected,” said Flanery.

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4:49pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Business and the Economy

Lexington Economic Picture

Tax revenues coming into Lexington city hall seem to indicate the local economy is ‘relatively stable.’  The local unemployment rate in the six percent range, is about one percent lower than a year ago.  City Revenue Director Bill Omara says a number of taxing categories are down slightly, but service-related fees are up.  “Services category was over budget.  That’s a large category that takes into detention fees, e-m-s fees, parks fees.  Those types of fees that are general fund related,” said Omara.

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3:29pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Education

Investigation Launched into EKU Hazing Allegation

Eastern Kentucky University officials are looking into an allegation of hazing.  The claim was filed against the men’s Rugby Club.  E-K-U Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says officials are still trying to determine what happened.  “We have an allegation.  That is correct.  We don’t know what has happened until we talk to students who happened to be there.  But, there is an allegation that someone has made and that’s what we’re investigating at this point.” Said Reagle.

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12:50pm

Tue October 23, 2012
Sports

EKU Preseason Rankings in New OVC Format

The Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball team has been tabbed pre-season to finish near the bottom of a new Ohio Valley Conference division.  E-K-U’s women’s team, meanwhile,  placed near the top of its division. The OVC is debuting its divisional format this season.  The coach and media poll puts the Colonels fifth out of six teams in the East Division. Newcomer Belmont was picked to finish first in the East.  Defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Murray State holds down the number one spot in the West Division.

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3:48pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Health and Welfare

Peak Deer Period Along Kentucky Highways

This is the time of year when deer are likely to be crossing many Kentucky roadways.   There are ways to reduce the risk of car versus deer collisions.   Kentucky State Police report almost fifty percent of all vehicle collisions with deer occur between September and November.   Last year, three of these crashes involved fatalities for vehicle occupants.  Sargent  Rick Saint-Blancard says don’t think a car or truck will be able to sustain a collision with a deer.

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3:45pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Health and Welfare

Door to Door Health Survey

Representatives of the Fayette County Health Department will be knocking on doors in Lexington neighborhoods this week.  The trained staff members will be conducting a survey about home and health hazards.  Communicable Disease Manager, Jessica Cobb says the 50 questions cover everything from indoor air quality to household products and lead.

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7:44am

Mon October 22, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Business Leaders to Talk About Arts

Business leaders will work to plot strategies to move Kentucky arts forward late this week.  The Kentucky Arts Council is sponsoring a day long symposium this Friday in Lexington.  Representatives from the business sector will discuss how they integrate the arts in day to day and long term business plans.  Governor Beshear says ‘the arts spur community development, create jobs, and attract new businesses and educated workers.’

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