Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

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

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4:42 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Kentucky Officials Send Letter to DEA Urging Hemp Legalization

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A group of Kentucky officials have sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency asking for clarity on a state law that would permit the cultivation of industrial hemp.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer drafted the letter, which was co-signed by Sen. Rand Paul and Reps. Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth, as well as Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission chairman Brian Furnish. 

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Politics
5:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Affordable Care Act Elicits Anger, Confusion From Kentucky Lawmakers

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While Kentucky's implementation of the Affordable Care Act has received national attention, state lawmakers from both parties are not pleased with parts of the legislation.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Opposition to Kentucky Expanded Gambling Starts Taking Form

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Opposition to a pair of expanded gaming bills filed in the Kentucky legislature is already starting to form.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate haven’t publicly commented on the legislation, but a former lawmaker’s criticism may offer the shape of things to come.

Stan Cave is an attorney with the Family Foundation, and has litigated against gaming interests. He was also in the state House from 1992-2000.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Tweets: 'If the Pilgrims Had Gun Control, We Wouldn't Have Thanksgiving #Irony'

A Northern Kentucky state lawmaker stepped in a Thanksgiving Twitter controversy after making a joke about gun control.

Responding to a call from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for families across the nation to talk about gun control over their Thanksgiving dinner, Rep. Brian Linder on Friday fired off this Tweet:

He deleted the tweet within minutes after other Twitter users replied and accused him of making light of the genocide of Native Americans by European pioneers.

Linder says it was all a big misunderstanding.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky Rep. Larry Clark Files Pair of Expanded Gaming Bills

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A Kentucky lawmaker has filed a pair of bills that will again bring the issue of expanded gaming before the General Assembly.

State Rep. Larry Clark, a Louisville Democrat, has pre-filed legislation that would place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2014 ballot asking Kentucky voters if they permit "the General Assembly to pass laws authorizing casino gaming?” according to language in BR 108.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Bill Allowing for 'Benefit Corporations' Filed in Kentucky General Assembly

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A bill has been pre-filled in the Kentucky legislature that would permit the founding of “benefit corporations.”

State  Rep. Kelly Flood, a Democrat from Lexington, said she is pushing the legislation to address shortcomings in modern-day capitalism. Conventional wisdom dictates that non-profits do the most good without making any money, and for-profit corporations make the most money without caring about what’s right or what’s wrong.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Kentucky Cities Measured for LGBT Equality Policies

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A new report measuring the level of equality afforded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans shows substantial improvements in the Kentucky cities measured, said Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman.

The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday released its second annual Municipal Equality Index, examining laws and policies that foster LGBT equality in nearly 300 American cities and awarded them points on a scale of 0-100.

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Local News
1:32 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Judge to Rule on Stumbo's Dismissal in John Arnold Civil Trial

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FRANKFORT — A Franklin Circuit Court judge will decide which parties can be named in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the  former Rep. John Arnold and entities within Kentucky state government. 

Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate gave defendants a week to examine new evidence brought by attorneys for Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper, who allege that Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted them and that their supervisors did little to address it.

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Politics
7:55 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Matt Bevin Officially Files to Run in 2014 Republican Senate Primary

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It’s not often you hear a chorus of bells ringing throughout the state Capitol. But then, Matt Bevin, a bell manufacturer looking to unseat Kentucky’s most powerful politician, doesn’t often show up with dozens of supporters to soapbox months in advance of a Republican primary.

Republican senate candidate Matt Bevin filed paperwork Friday with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office to officially run in the Republican primary against Sen. Mitch McConnell. Bevin’s press conference in the Capitol rotunda was meant to draw attention to a race that won’t happen for months.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Report: Homelessness Among Kentucky Veterans Spikes

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The number of homeless veterans in Kentucky has increased in recent years, a new report says.

Numbers released Thursday by the Kentucky Housing Corporation show the number of homeless veterans jumped 37 percent in the last four years. The report indicates that the higher numbers are in part a result of troop withdrawals in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, beginning in 2009, as well as an increased effort by various organizations to count homeless veterans. 

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