Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

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

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Politics
8:00 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Gov. Beshear Says Federal Carbon Emissions Regs May Not Give Enough Flexibility

Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says federal proposed regulations on the carbon emissions generated by coal-fired power plants could come at the expense of jobs.

But the concern may be misplaced.

When the EPA announced first-ever regulations limiting the nation’s coal-fired CO2 emissions by 30 percent nationwide, Kentucky politicians were quick to denounce the move.

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Local News
10:48 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kentucky State Police Reopen Investigation Of Former LRC Director's Document Shredding

John Arnold
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Kentucky State Police has reopened its investigation into the document shredding by former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman.

The Courier-Journal reported Wednesday that the new probe into Sherman's shredding of work documents.

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Politics
8:01 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Ruling Allowing Seven Counties to Exit Pension System 'Very Dangerous,' Beshear Says

Steve Beshear
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Gov. Steve Beshear says a recent federal ruling allowing Seven Counties Services to exit Kentucky's beleaguered pension system is “very dangerous,” and he supports an appeal of the decision.

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that quasi-governmental agencies like the mental health provider Seven Counties Services aren’t government agencies at all, and can exit the Kentucky Retirement System to escape their pension debt.

The KRS decided to appeal that decision, and Beshear says he supports the move. .

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

John Arnold Appeals Ethics Ruling

John Arnold
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Former State Rep. John Arnold has filed an appeal in an ethics case that declared him guilty of abusing his office to sexually harass three female state House employees.

In a filing entered Monday into Franklin Circuit Court, Arnold's attorney argued that the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission's ruling against him was made in error. Arnold's attorney alleged that the commission did not have jurisdiction over Arnold because Arnold had resigned in September 2013 and was no longer a member of the legislature. 

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Politics
2:05 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Study: Kentucky Among Most Corrupt States For Spending

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A new study suggests that states with high levels of public corruption like Kentucky tend to spend more money on capital construction projects and police protection at the expense of social services.

The journal Public Administration Review found a correlation between states with higher instances of corruption and the scale of a state's spending in certain economic sectors. It also found that between 1997 and 2008, corruption actually inflated a state's total annual expenditures.

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Politics
7:03 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Stumbo and Stivers Blast New EPA Pollution Regulations

Robert Stivers and Greg Stumbo
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FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s top-ranking lawmakers have some choice words for the proposed federal regulations governing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Local News
6:23 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kentucky City Sues State Pension System Over Risky Investments

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A Kentucky city is suing the state's public pension system over its investment of county employees' retirement money into "risky" hedge funds. 

 An attorney for Ft. Wright, a northern Kentucky city of 5,700, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday alleging that Kentucky Retirement Systems improperly used money from one of its subsidiary funds to make investments that were illegal under state law. 

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Local News
5:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Kentucky State Police Find No Misconduct By LRC Director Bobby Sherman

Bobby Sherman
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After a nearly seven-month investigation, the Kentucky State Police say investigators found no evidence that former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman shredded work-related documents to cover-up information on sexual harassment within the state legislature.

Trooper Paul Blanton, a KSP spokesman, said a detective concluded that Sherman's activities weren't illegal and weren't part of a cover-up.

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Politics
2:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Who Spent the Most Lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly In The 2014 Session

Kentucky state Capitol
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Lobbyists spent $8.7 million to lobby Kentucky lawmakers this year—and tobacco giant Altria led the pack at $156,000, according to records released by the Legislative Ethics Commission this week.

Some have pointed to the tobacco lobby's heavy spending during the 2014 session as a major contributing factor in the defeat of a statewide smoking ban.

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Local News
9:23 am
Fri May 30, 2014

What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy?

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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. — It’s a cool, overcast afternoon at Gaining Grounds Farm, about 60 miles south of Lexington. About 90 people, many of them veterans, farmers, or a combination thereof, are seated under a makeshift tent, taking refuge from a light rain that’s drizzling Gaining Ground's undulating 425 acres.

“The important thing is that this is an industry that has to be built from the ground up," says Michael Lewis, an Army vet turned agrarian advocate. 

"There is no infrastructure. Guess what that takes? Jobs.”

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