Jonathan Meador http://wfpl.org en Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit http://wfpl.org/post/questions-remain-state-police-investigation-louisville-police-settle-whistleblower-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Louisville Metro Police Department has settled a whistleblower lawsuit from an officer who alleged he was retaliated against for helping a woman whose conviction followed a Kentucky State Police investigation that's been called into question.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey & Jonathan Meador 9152 at http://wfpl.org Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session http://wfpl.org/post/high-profile-bills-falter-last-day-kentucky-general-assembly-session <p>FRANKFORT—Kentucky lawmakers squabbled until midnight, turning the final day of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly into a last-minute dash that saw many promising bills fail to clear the House and Senate.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:57:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9148 at http://wfpl.org High-Profile Bills Falter on Last Day of Kentucky General Assembly Session Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-rep-jim-gooch-threw-womens-underwear-dinner-table-statehouse-staffers-allege <p>FRANKFORT—The two female statehouse employees who previously accused Kentucky Rep. John Arnold of sexually harassing them say another Democratic lawmaker acted inappropriately, this time&nbsp;on an out-of-state trip conducting official legislative business.</p><p>Legislative Research Commission employees Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner&nbsp;allege that Rep. Jim&nbsp;Gooch, D-Providence, threw a pair of women's panties onto a dining table at a restaurant during the Southern Legislative Conference held in Mobile, Ala., last year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:39 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9140 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Rep. Jim Gooch Threw Women's Underwear On A Dinner Table, Statehouse Staffers Allege John Arnold's Accusers Plan to Appeal the Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision http://wfpl.org/post/john-arnolds-accusers-plan-appeal-kentucky-ethics-panels-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT—Two women who made<a href="/post/kentucky-statehouse-staffers-accuse-rep-john-arnold-sexual-harassment-assault"> formal complaints</a> against former state Rep. John Arnold filed a motion Friday afternoon with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission asking it to reconsider its ruling that cleared Arnold of ethics charges.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:56:26 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9127 at http://wfpl.org John Arnold's Accusers Plan to Appeal the Kentucky Ethics Panel's Decision Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature http://wfpl.org/post/bill-requiring-sexual-harassment-training-kentucky-legislators-awaits-governors-signature <p>A bill that would make sexual harassment training mandatory for Kentucky state lawmakers is poised to become law.</p><p>Currently, such training isn’t mandatory for lawmakers. But an amendment to an ethics bill would change that. The bill has passed both chambers and awaits the governor's signature.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9105 at http://wfpl.org Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training for Kentucky Legislators Awaits Governor's Signature Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges <p>FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:44:01 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9094 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges Rupp Arena Gets $1.5 Million in Kentucky State Budget http://wfpl.org/post/rupp-arena-gets-15-million-kentucky-state-budget <p>FRANKFORT—<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The budget Kentucky lawmakers approved this week will give 1.5 million dollars to a costly renovation of the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The money would be used to finance architects' and engineering fees and other planning costs for the $310 million project.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9048 at http://wfpl.org Rupp Arena Gets $1.5 Million in Kentucky State Budget Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year http://wfpl.org/post/bill-aimed-curbing-kentucky-heroin-epidemic-likely-fail-year <p>A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.</p><p>Under the current language of the bill, the dealers who sold drugs to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman could be charged with homicide, if they were in Kentucky. The same goes for the dealers' suppliers.</p><p>That has many state lawmakers concerned over the constitutionality of charging third and fourth-parties with homicide.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:22:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9042 at http://wfpl.org Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act http://wfpl.org/post/over-quarter-million-kentuckians-are-newly-insured-under-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A vast majority of Kentuckians who have signed up for healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act are going to be insured for the first time in their lives.</p><p>More than 370,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage under the state’s insurance exchange, KyNect. The Governor’s Office reports that the number of enrollees “surged” in the days before the March 31st open enrollment deadline, with about 12,000 signing up for coverage on the deadline.</p><p>Here are the key numbers:</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:11:46 +0000 Jonathan Meador & Phillip M. Bailey 9035 at http://wfpl.org Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act State Defunding Attempts Won't Hurt Affordable Care Act In Kentucky, Says House Speaker Greg Stumbo http://wfpl.org/post/state-defunding-attempts-wont-hurt-affordable-care-act-kentucky-says-house-speaker-greg-stumbo <p>Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.</p><p>Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.</p><p>But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it's largely symbolic.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:35:16 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9032 at http://wfpl.org State Defunding Attempts Won't Hurt Affordable Care Act In Kentucky, Says House Speaker Greg Stumbo