Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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Come next year, Kentucky lawmakers will be asked to enact an excise tax on electronic cigarettes. The proposal calls for a tax on vaping products and e-cigs at the same level as traditional cigarettes.

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Kentucky state agriculture officials are working to get the word out about new tagging requirements for cattle. The official change is a few years off, but some steps can be taken as soon as the end of this year.

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Kentucky Corrections officials continue to face a housing crunch when it comes to the state’s inmate population.

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Fire crews remain on the scene this afternoon at a massive bourbon warehouse blaze near the Franklin/Woodford county line. 

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AAA is predicting a record number of travelers nationwide over the Fourth of July holiday. The projected 49 million travelers by road and air represent more than a 4% increase over last year.

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The 2020 Kentucky General Assembly is expected to be asked to keep the hands of time from jumping ahead or back one hour.  Legislation has been pre-filed to stop a traditional spring and fall time change.

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says he has a good relationship with Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton. 


Kentucky League of Women Voters President Fran Wagner believes more can be done at all levels of government to help boost voter participation. Wagner participated in a national league event this past weekend in Washington.

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The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has adopted a $351 million budget that puts the school’s pension contribution rate at 49%. Without state legislative action, that obligation would go to 84% come July.

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Wet weather has caused major problems for many farmers in the Midwestern portion of the country. Kentucky’s neighboring states like Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio have seen major delays in plantings.