Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

stu.johnson@eku.edu

Calls to the state attorney general’s election fraud hotline are running higher than a year ago.  By mid-afternoon, 16 complaints had been received.  

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Excited talk on the possibility of a Triple Crown winner in thoroughbred racing resurfaced Saturday evening… just after ‘I’ll Have Another’ won the Preakness.  

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The entire GOP field in Kentucky’s fourth district congressional race had their say on KET last night.  Lewis County Judge Executive Thomas Massie is considered one of the front runners in the seven person Republican primary. He commented on the use of private sector knowledge in Washington on KET’s Kentucky Tonight.

A cash-strapped state Office for the Blind is coping by implementing a number of policy changes, and they’re all cost saving measures.

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Kentucky’s fourth district congressional race has thus far centered around the seven candidate GOP primary. But there are two democrats vying to replace retiring longtime lawmaker Geoff Davis. Greg Frank is active duty military. He argued for bringing troops home from Afghanistan on KET’s Kentucky Tonight.

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Henderson physician James Buckmaster believes the cost of health care can be monitored by doctors delivering the care. Buckmaster is one of two democrats vying for the first congressional seat in western Kentucky.  He operates a reduced rate health clinic in Henderson.

“We charge probably 50 to 60 percent less than the other clinics do in the area…we’re able to pay our bills , feed our kids, send them to school…you don’t have to take everything when you come out of this world.”

For the first time since 2005, the Kentucky Watershed Watch Program is changing the tests it conducts on rivers, lakes and streams.  Throughout the year, the program’s 12 hundred volunteers take samples, giving the state a better feel for the quality of its surface water.  Joanna Palmer with the Watershed Watch Office says they’re now teaching new methods to volunteers...

“If they are following the protocols, the sampling protocols that we use here in the division of water..it will give us a better idea of what is happening in the stream,”  said Palmer.

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Kentucky lawmakers along with Governor Steve Beshear are getting an earful from their constituents about yet another special legislative session.  It’s unclear how long lawmakers will be in Frankfort to try and iron out an agreement about funding road projects.  And Senator Jack Westwood says taxpayers are making their voices heard.

“Cause all of us are hearing from the folks back home, who are very upset and angry…that they’re sending us back…we once again couldn’t get it done in the 60 days allotted, so here we are back doing the business at 60 thousand dollars a day.”

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National grain specialists are predicting a record amount of corn could go in the ground this spring.  As Kentucky Public Radio’s Stu Johnson reports, a rise in corn yields has been a trend in the commonwealth...

University of Kentucky Extension Professor of Grain Crops, Chad Lee says Kentucky’s corn acreage could go up about ten percent this year.  Lee says the profit potential is partly the result of warmer than usual weather.  He says, in the bluegrass, corn has gone from being the number three crop to number one in the last few years.

The warmer than usual March weather is prompting a fast start to Kentucky’s camping season.  Kentucky Department of Parks spokesman Gil Lawson says many of the 31 campgrounds across the Commonwealth are open for business..

“Typically on most years we open on April first but, with this warm weather we’ve had lots of demand for camping so most of our campgrounds have opened up early in March to allow people to camp,” said Lawson.

Lawson adds the March 2nd tornadoes outbreak didn’t impact state parks to any great degree..

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