Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

Stu Johnson

A bill providing more liability coverage for businesses during a declared emergency, was approved by the Kentucky Senate Monday.


Governor Beshear says he’s confident a coronavirus vaccine will be available in Kentucky in early 2021.  During his daily briefing, the governor said it could arrive even in mid-December. 

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  The official opening of what’s billed as the largest greenhouse in the United States is planned for this week near Morehead.  A preview came last week during the annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

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Students returning to the University of Kentucky for the fall semester are getting a test before they even step foot inside a classroom.  All students coming back to campus are required to undergo coronavirus testing.


Coronavirus is continuing to impact day to day activities for people all across Kentucky.  For many people, their attitude about disease prevention may have changed as well.  Marc Kiviniemi is chair of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Health, Behavior, and Society.

Alpacas from a farm near Richmond are playing a key role in work to help prevent coronavirus in humans.  Three Alpacas, Big Boy, Blue Eyes, and Emperor are all part of the camelid family which produces a small, unique anti-body. 

Kentucky Blood Center

Kentucky Blood Center officials are dealing with what’s being termed a record number of blood drive cancellations.  Director of Marketing Mandy Brajuha said over the next 3 weeks more than 40 blood drives have been cancelled and more cancellations are likely.  She noted that’s primarily because of closed schools and universities. 

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Governor Beshear is drawing attention to the Commonwealth’s booming bourbon business.  The governor announced Monday that Kentucky is the nation’s leading exporter of whiskey, which includes bourbon and rye.

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During the month of February League of Women Voters Chapters across the country are celebrating the non-partisan organization’s 100th birthday.  A League Day of Action was recognized last week at the state capitol.

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  Case of flu are widespread across the Commonwealth.  The reported influenza cases are twice what it was this time a year ago.