Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador
Jonathan Meador

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

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Politics
6:46 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's Budget Will Seek to Reinvest in Education

Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he'll look at expanded gaming and tax reform to shore up budget shortfalls and to help pay for reinvestments in education.

In a sit-down interview with reporters in his Capitol office, Beshear said he would try to find money to put toward school safety and textbooks.

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Local News
9:49 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Kentucky's Next Budget May Have $450 Million Shortfall

Greg Stumbo
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New revenue in Kentucky’s upcoming biennial budget will not be enough to account for an estimated $450 million shortfall.

Lawmakers expect about $230 million in new revenue to be available for the budget. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo recently told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders that more than half of that money will be used to pay down the state’s pension debt.

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Local News
6:44 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kynect State Health Exchange Reports Strong Post-Thanksgiving Gains

Kentucky's health exchange, kynect, is reporting strong gains in new health insurance enrollees since Thanksgiving.

 The Governor's office released statistics late Friday showing that Kynect added 24,140 Kentuckians to a list of the newly ensured. About 5,400 of those were added in the last week. According to kynect's website, the total number of Kentuckians who have enrolled in a new health insurance plan is 84,422. 

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Local News
4:02 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Senate President: Expanded Gambling Supporters Need 'Consistent Voice' to Win Passage

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Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker says pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Investigating John Arnold Case Ends Without Investigating Arnold

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FRANKFORT—After nearly four months without interviewing a witness or investigating a shred of evidence, the special House committee investigating sexual harassment allegations against a former state lawmaker voted Thursday afternoon to end its operations.

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Local News
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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