Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador
Jonathan Meador

 Jonathan Meador is the Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio. 

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Politics
8:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Kentucky State Legislature Modernizing System For Constituent Messages

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FRANKFORT — The chances are pretty good that when you, for example, call your state senator to complain about paving that road to your house, a dutiful employee of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission writes down your message onto a green piece of paper and sends it to the lawmaker.

The LRC goes through tens of thousands of these “green slips” each legislative session.

But Kentuckians should expect an easier time getting their concerns to lawmakers beginning next year, when a new messaging system is scheduled to take effect.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Kentucky LRC Invokes Legislative Immunity In John Arnold Harassment Lawsuit

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FRANKFORT — The state Legislative Research Commission argued at a court hearing Monday that none of its members can be sued in an ongoing harassment case due to a state law that permits immunity to lawmakers.

The LRC’s governing body is made up of 16 legislative leaders from the House and Senate.

The case stems from allegations by female state House staffers who alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by former state Rep. John Arnold.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Motion Seeks to Reinsert Stumbo into Arnold Harassment Suit

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FRANKFORT—A motion filed this week in a harassment lawsuit filed by female state House staffers and members of the General Assembly asks the court to reconsider its dismissal of House Speaker Greg Stumbo as a defendant.

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Local News
6:59 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Kentucky Officials, Veterans Gather to Remember Vietnam

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FRANKFORT—In partnership with the federal government, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs kicked-off on Thursday a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. The state plans to honor veterans with similar events across the state through 2025.

“What a beautiful memorial, that sunshine and shadow touches each of their names on the day they died," said Joe Galloway, an acclaimed war correspondent who was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor for his actions in the Battle of Ia Drang, where he carried wounded soldiers to safety.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Kentucky Lawmakers Debate Police Militarization, Legislative Fix Uncertain

Jeffersontown police chief Rick Sanders (left), Dr. Pete Kraska (right) of EKU
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FRANKFORT—State lawmakers are expressing concern over the increasing militarization of local police departments in Kentucky and across the U.S., but legislative options to stem the unmitigated flow of military surplus gear to law enforcement agencies are unclear.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Bill Limiting 'Payday Loan' Rates Pre-Filed in Kentucky General Assembly

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State Sen. Reggie Thomas has pre-filed a bill for the Kentucky General Assembly's next session that is intended to cap the amount of interest charged by the providers of so-called “payday loans.”

The legislation would gradually lower borrowers' rates according to how much they actually borrow. If passed, it would be the first successful regulation of payday loan interest rates in the state.

The lenders can currently charge customers up to 391 percent annual interest on their original loans.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Rep. Anne Northup Endorses James Comer for Kentucky Governor

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Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

Northup joined Comer for a press conference atop Waterfront Park’s Big Four pedestrian bridge Friday morning, commending the 2015 gubernatorial hopeful on his success in helping legalize industrial hemp in the state. She urged Republican voters in Jefferson County and across the state to support his candidacy.

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Local News
8:07 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kynect Benefiting HIV/AIDS Patients

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The expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act is benefiting a program run by the state that prescribes medication to low-income patients with HIV and AIDS.

Kraig Humbaugh, senior deputy commissioner for the state’s Department of Public Health, on Wednesday told the Joint Committee for Health and Welfare that the state’s health insurance exchange under the ACA, known as Kynect, is providing more comprehensive treatment for those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kentucky Ordered to Pay $160,000 in Redistricting Lawsuit

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FRANKFORT — The state must pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and other plaintiffs more than $160,000 in attorneys’ fees because the legislature failed to enact new legislative district maps in a timely fashion, the group announced today.

U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman in late July ordered the payment in the joint civil suit filed against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State Board of Elections.

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Local News
4:54 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Reformed Military Justice Code Tracks Greater Number of Sexual Assaults in Ky. National Guard

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Changes to the Kentucky National Guard’s code of justice have enabled military police to better deal with sexual assault occurring within their ranks, Guard officials told state lawmakers this week.

The reforms were pushed through last year’s General Assembly by Rep. Tanya Pullin, a Democrat who co-chairs the Joint Committee on the Military, Veterans Affairs and Public Protection.

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