Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.


A congressional field hearing in Lexington Thursday included discussion on issues related to opioid recovery and transitional housing.  Testimony on opioid use for pain management was also presented.

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61 recruits from across the Commonwealth began their participation in a 25 week State Police Training Academy this week. It comes on the heels of the retirement of 56 troopers in July.  

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A nationally-known automotive consultant says the widespread use of autonomous vehicles is coming to the U.S.  Future predictions about driverless cars was a part of the first day for this year Kentucky AutoVision Conference.


A ban on harvesting wild ginseng within Kentucky’s national forest remains in effect. 

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A man has been arrested in connection with five arson fires over less than 24 hours this weekend in downtown Lexington.

The mayor of Hazard is optimistic federal grant funds will pave the way for construction of a natural gas pipeline to an existing Perry County industrial park. 

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Bronze statues of two confederate figures now reside in the Lexington Cemetery.  The likenesses of John Hunt Morgan and John Breckinridge had been in storage for nine months before being positioned in the historic resting place Tuesday.

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The state budget director’s office says end of fiscal year tax receipts show some growth in Kentucky’s economy.

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Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball’s birth of a baby boy this week became a historical event in state politics. Ball is the first Kentucky Constitutional Officer to give birth while in office. 

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A plan to spend $13 million for upgraded safety and mental health services in Fayette schools will soon go before the school board.  Superintendent Manny Caulk unveiled the 10-point program Monday at Dunbar High School.