Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

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


3:54 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Kentucky Cities Measured for LGBT Equality Policies

Credit Laura Ellis/WFPL News

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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1:32 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

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

From left: Cassaundra Cooper, Yolanda Costner, attorney Thomas Clay
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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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7:55 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Matt Bevin Officially Files to Run in 2014 Republican Senate Primary


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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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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3:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Case Could Decide Scope of Attorney General's Powers

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Floyd Grover Johnson was sentenced to 10 years in prison on multiple drug trafficking charges  in Powell County.

But in his appeal, Floyd successfully argued that because the investigation leading to his indictment was conducted solely by uninvited law enforcement agencies outside of Powell County—including detectives from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and officers working for Operation UNITE, an anti-drug enforcement non-profit founded by U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-5—then his 2009 indictment should be moot.

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6:35 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Hire Firm to Represent LRC in Harassment Lawsuits

Kentucky state capitol building
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FRANKFORT — Kentucky legislators unanimously approved a contract Tuesday to hire attorneys to represent a state agency in a pair of harassment lawsuits.

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5:18 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Kentucky's 'Homegrown by Heroes' Program Goes Nationwide

Credit Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Among the litany of conscious-consumer labels like “certified organic” and “fair trade,” you might already be familiar with the Kentucky-specific “Homegrown by Heroes.” That logo tells you, for example, that the jar of Eastern Kentucky sorghum was produced by farmers who served in America’s armed forces.

Monday, the national Farmer Veteran Coalition adopted this marketing strategy, logo and all, from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture so that shoppers across the country can support veterans who work the land.

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5:10 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Bell County Clerk Arrested on Theft Charges

Bell County Clerk Rebecca Blevins
Credit Office of the Kentucky Attorney General

Bell County Clerk Rebecca Blevins and three others from her office were accused Friday of theft from Kentuckians who purchased automobiles out of state.

Instead of receiving a tax rebate from the clerk’s office like they were supposed to, Blevins allegedly kept the money, said the attorney general's office.

Kentucky State Police and the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigation executed a warrant Friday morning against Blevins and three others.

Bell County is in southeastern Kentucky.

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3:48 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Filing Deadline Set for 2014 Kentucky Elections

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Early election filings for 2014 elections have begun.

The Kentucky Secretary of State's office has announced that candidates wishing to run for office in 2014 will be able to file their candidacy through Jan. 28.

"My office is accepting filing papers for candidates from across the Commonwealth," said Alison Lundergan Grimes, the secretary of state, in a statement. "We oversee the candidate filings for more than 300 offices that are on Kentucky ballots next year."

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1:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

First Hearing for Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against John Arnold Considers Who are Defendants

John A. Arnold Jr.
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

FRANKFORT—The first hearing in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former state Rep. John Arnold and elements of Kentucky state government revolved Wednesday around determining which parties should be accused. 

The hearing  resulted in a delay in the trial until later this month.

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