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Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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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.

U.S.D.A Rural Development Kentucky Office

Local government and nonprofit agency officials in 72 Kentucky counties can apply for federal grant money to help recover from lingering impacts of natural disasters.  The majority of counties, many affected by flooding, are located in southeast and far western Kentucky.

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  The news late last week, first reported by the New York Times, that Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for a banned substance prior to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, got the attention of those in and out of the racing industry.  It came following reports earlier this year of an unusually high number of racing related horse deaths at Santa Anita Park. 

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Raising minimum wage across Kentucky will once again be a topic of discussion during the 2020 General Assembly.  But, it's uncertain whether the legislation will receive a formal vote.

Blue Grass Army Depot

Chemical weapon disposal at the Blue Grass Army Depot is well into its second month at the Madison County installation. The person overseeing operations said a crawl, walk, run approach is being used when it comes to demilitarization.


Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson said the new pension reform measure is,  “the best option of some challenging options.”

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The challenges in meeting day-to-day water service for communities in Kentucky were discussed during first meeting of the Public Water and Wastewater System Infrastructure Task Force.