Stu Johnson, WEKU

Reporter/Producer - Lexington

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12:14pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Toyota Moving Back into Full Production

 

Early next month, workers at Georgetown’s Toyota plant will be back on a full-time schedule.  The flow of supplies from Japan are moving now after a spring earthquake and tsunami slowed distribution. The March earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a break in the automotive company’s system for distributing parts.  The resulting shortage resulted in fewer hours on the job for employees at the Scott County Toyota Assembly Plant.

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12:01am

Thu May 12, 2011
Politics in the Commonwealth

Closed and Open Primaries

During next week’s primary, as they have done for decades, members of the Democratic Party will choose their candidates and Republicans will do the same.  The system is called a ‘closed primary.’  It excludes voters without a party affiliation.  It also means voters registered in one party cannot vote in another party’s primary.  Now, there’s been discussion in one statewide office race about the pros and cons of opening up the Kentucky primary a bit.

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10:49am

Wed May 11, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Environmentalists Report Chemical Spill

An environmental group is investigating a potential chemical spill in a waterway near Jenkins, Kentucky.  On Tuesday evening, Clary Estes with Headwaters Incorporated says she saw four to five feet of foam in a southeast Kentucky stream.

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4:18pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Intersection Fundraising Before Council committee

Many charitable groups across the region collect donations at traffic lights.  But,  Lexington’s prohibition of such fundraisers will continue.  The Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program and Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center thinks fundraising at busy intersections is a good idea.  They want to model their Lexington effort after a highly successful campaign waged in Louisville.  However, councilmember Bill Farmer joined the majority in rejecting the proposal.

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9:13am

Tue May 10, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

GOP Gubernatorial Forum

 

The three Republican candidates for governor gathered for a KET forum last night.  There were a few instances of argumentative disputes,  but the candidates also sought to identify their strengths. Louisville businessman Phil Moffett says his tea party candidacy is different from Rand Paul’s, another tea party member, who now serves in the US  Senate.

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12:07pm

Mon May 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

First International Motorcycle Conference at EKU

 

As temperatures warm, more motorcyclists are travelling Kentucky Roads.  Eastern Kentucky University played host Monday to the first International Rider Education Training System conference.

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1:00am

Mon May 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Final Week of Campaigning in GOP Primary

The primary election is just over a week away.  So, expect aggressive campaigning this week by the three Republican candidates for governor.  It may begin tonight’s during a gubernatorial forum on Kentucky Educational Television.    Political scientist Joe Gershtenson, who teaches at Eastern Kentucky University, says the primary seems to be ‘creeping up under the radar.’

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1:41pm

Sat May 7, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Sewer Rate Options in Lexington

Officials in charge of fixing Fayette County’s sewer problems are discussing potential costs.   City officials are examining three different options with three different rate plans.

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9:33pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Derby Time at Rotary

Picking a winner from among the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby is always a tough task.  This year is no different.  Keeneland’s President offered a little insight to Lexington Rotarians on Thursday.  He also talked about surprisingly high attendance figures during the just completed spring meet.

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9:36am

Thu May 5, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Sewer Assistance

In April, over 12 inches of rain fell on parts of central Kentucky.  That runoff, on 22 occasions, flooded the city’s pump stations for 24 hours or more.  And the city says some of that raw sewage backed up into over 20 homes.  Lexington is working on a permanent fix but it could take another decade. Urban County Councilmember Doug Martin says some homeowners can’t wait that long.

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12:05pm

Wed May 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Prepares to Discuss Growth Plan

Commercial and residential growth has traditionally been hotly debated in Lexington. It's not likely to change as government officials work to update the city's comprehensive plan. Planning director Chris King told council members Tuesday he welcomes public input.

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1:39pm

Tue April 26, 2011
Civil War Sesquicentennial

Civil War: The Horse Industry

Kentucky began before the civil war to establish its reputation as a horse breeding state. Woodburn farm in Woodford county was known then as a premiere breeding operation. The story is detailed by Maryjean Wall, a turf writer for more than three decades at the Lexington Herald newspaper. She's also the author of a book detailing the civil war's impact on the horse industry. Wall says the 1860's signified a break in the action and recovery took some time.

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11:52am

Mon April 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

earthday

April means horse racing at Lexington’s Keeneland race track.  The historic track is celebrating 75 years of racing this year.  In recognition of the milestone, Keeneland spokeswoman, Julie Balog wants patrons to get involved.

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