Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

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

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12:26 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky Corrections Department Addresses DNA Collection Problems

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The Kentucky Department of Corrections has outlined a plan to remedy a faulty DNA collection system for convicted felons months after the Office of the Inspector General reported that more than 16,000 DNA samples were missing.

In 2009, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the collection of DNA samples from convicted felons. So the Department of Corrections delegated that responsibility to its probation and parole officers. But this summer, the inspector general's  investigation found that that this wasn’t happening.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Select National Conference of State Legislatures to Conduct Audit

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  FRANKFORT—Lawmakers approved an audit of the state’s largest bureaucracy Wednesday.

A panel of Kentucky lawmakers voted 9-5 to hire the National Conference of State Legislatures to conduct an audit of the Legislative Research Commission, an agency that provides research and support staff to the General Assembly.

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Politics
9:31 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Republican Suzanne Miles to Replace Democrat John Arnold in Kentucky House

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Republican Suzanne Miles has won a special election in Kentucky’s 7th House District.

Miles, an Owensboro field representative for GOP Rep. Brett Guthrie, earned over 3,500 votes in her race against Democrat Kim Humphrey, community affairs director for Alliance Coal.

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Politics
8:45 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Democrat Reggie Thomas Wins Race to Succeed Kathy Stein in Kentucky Senate

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Democrat Reggie Thomas is the winner in a special election in Kentucky’s 13th state senate district, which covers part of Lexington.

Thomas garnered just over 4,000 votes, besting runner-up Richard Moloney, an Independent, who got about 2,600 votes, according to unofficial results from the Kentucky State Board of Elections. Moloney serves as a Democrat on the Lexington City Council, but ran as an Independent after his party backed Thomas.

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Education
5:52 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Hosts Debate on Charter Schools

Wayne Lewis and Mary Ruple
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LEXINGTON — As one of eight states without charter school legislation on its books, the debate in Kentucky is only getting louder as the January session of the General Assembly draws closer.

Wayne Lewis of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association and charter opponent Mary Ruble, assistant executive director of the Kentucky Education Association, duked it out over the course of an hour in a debate hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Outgoing Kentucky State Sen. Kathy Stein a Progressive Crusader

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It’s Jan. 26, 2012, and on the floor of the Kentucky Senate, Sen. Kathy Stein is upset.

Nothing new for Stein. She’s earned a reputation as a crusader for progressive causes, including women’s rights and LGBT equality.

But on this day, after four years in the Senate, Stein’s outspokenness has, in a way, come back to haunt her: A new district map devised by Republican Senate leadership has effectively moved Stein out of the 13th, a liberal stronghold comprised of downtown Lexington and the University of Kentucky.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Has Yet to Investigate

House Clerk Jean Burgin (left) and Committee Chair Rep. Jeff Donohue, D-Louisville (right).
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FRANKFORT — A special Kentucky House committee tasked with probing sexual harassment claims against former state Rep. John Arnold revealed Thursday morning that it has yet to actually begin investigating.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker on Heroin Bill: 'Another Hammer' Won't Fix Drug Problems

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A Kentucky lawmaker says decriminalizing drugs and devoting enforcement efforts to healthcare is the only way to stop the state’s burgeoning heroin epidemic.

Sen. Perry Clark says legislation proposed for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly session is more of the same in the failed War on Drugs.

Clark takes issue with a plan by Senate colleague Katie Stine that would combat heroin by stiffening the penalties for traffickers and making overdose deaths a criminal homicide.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Rep. Will Coursey to Provide Deposition in Retaliation Lawsuit

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A Western Kentucky lawmaker will have to provide testimony in a lawsuit brought against him by a state staffer.

Rep. Will Coursey, a Democrat from Symsonia, and state staffer Nicole Cusic will provide depositions in a retaliation lawsuit.

Cusic is an employee of the state Legislative Research Commission. She alleges Coursey and former LRC executive director Bobby Sherman retaliated against her when she accused Coursey of inappropriate behavior toward female interns.

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Politics
10:48 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Report: Kentucky Supreme Court Gets 'F' For Financial Disclosure of Judges

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Kentucky suffers from weak financial disclosure requirements of its state Supreme Court justices, says a report released Wednesday.

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