Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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. 

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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.

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More than 200 Muslims, many of them children, came to Frankfort earlier this week. 

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The chair of Kentucky’s Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow says placing an excise tax on vaping products would help reduce e-cigarette use among youth.  Supporters of such a move rallied Tuesday at the state capitol.



Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents will be looking for a new president for the Richmond school. 

Michael Benson announced his resignation effective January sixth through a campuswide email Wednesday.  Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson, a former administrator at EKU, says Benson’s leadership on and off campus will be missed.

A scientific organization is predicting increasing heat index readings over the next three decades could adversely impact military training.  The study comes from the Union of Concerned Scientists.  It’s described as a national non-profit organization founded 50 years ago by scientists and students at MIT.

Kentucky Education Television Founder O. Leonard Press was honored today in a Lexington studio he helped build.  Press died July 31 at the age of 97.

Shae Hopkins shared her memories. Hired by Press in 1986,  Hopkins became KET’s fourth executive director in 2010.

“While technologies and services have changed through the years, much of KET remains the same, because since day one we were built on a mission of education,” said Hopkins.