Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

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

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Kentucky Divvies $5-Million AmeriCorps Grants, Mostly for Education Programs

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Kentucky is poised to get about $5 million in AmeriCorps grants to shore up community-based social services programs across the state, according to Governor Steve Beshear's office.

Most of the money will go to education programs.

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Local News
7:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Louisville Public School Teachers To File Lawsuit Against State Over Unfunded Pensions

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A group of Louisville teachers plans to file a class-action lawsuit claiming the governor and Kentucky General Assembly violated a contractual obligation by deliberately underfunding the teachers' retirement fund by billions of dollars.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Reaction to Gov. Beshear's Procreation Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage in Kentucky

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First, it was a matter of tradition. Then, a moral issue. Now, after courts across the country have thrown out multiple arguments in favor of banning same-sex marriage, the Beshear Administration is on the vanguard of a new logic: dollars and cents.

In a brief filed this week in federal court, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says same-sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children—and supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.

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Politics
8:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

U.S. Humane Society Calls on Kentucky to Strengthen Laws Against Cockfighting

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  The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States is calling on House Speaker Greg Stumbo to strengthen the state’s cockfighting laws.

Cockfighting carries a misdemeanor charge in Kentucky, though attending a fight is now a federal crime. Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle is asking Stumbo to toughen the state’s law after an alleged cockfighting ring was recently busted in McDowell, Ky. Three of Stumbo's distant relatives are accused of running the operation.

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Once Again Cockfighting Is An Issue in Kentucky Politics

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For the third time in as many months, leading Kentucky politicians find themselves addressing cockfighting.

A new federal case brings questions about the bloodsport to a top state Democratic lawmaker and puts the practice back into conversations about the U.S. Senate race.

Federal authorities filed charges against three Eastern Kentucky residents this week in a massive cockfighting ring run out of the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Ky.

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Politics
8:28 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

In Reversal, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty

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FRANKFORT—After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.

It ws the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.

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Politics
8:19 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Jack Conway and Sannie Overly Offer Few Details In Gubernatorial Campaign Launch

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FRANKFORT—During their campaign's first press conference as a  gubernatorial ticket, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly on Tuesday emphasized a focus on early childhood education.

That is,  they largely reiterated the content of a press release they sent out to media earlier in the day.

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Politics
11:47 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Jack Conway is (Officially) Running for Kentucky Governor, and Sannie Overly is His Running Mate

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway officially announced in a video press release on Tuesday his candidacy for governor, adding that he has tapped House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as his running mate.

“Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and continue to move Kentucky forward, and we begin doing that by building a great team.The strength of this gubernatorial ticket is bolstered by Rep. Sannie Overly’s record of accomplishments.”

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Politics
5:19 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Why 1 Kentucky State Pension is Outperforming the Other

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It was the best of pensions, it was the worst of pensions.

In 2013, the $14.5 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems' investment portfolio drastically underperformed its cousin—the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System—by about $1 billion.

Moreover, last year the KRS underperformed the average public pension's investment plan by about $500 million.

What's the difference?

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Local News
12:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Number of Kentucky Registered Voters Increases

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  3,105,349.

That’s the number of Kentuckians who are now registered to vote in advance of the primary on May 20.

The number is over a two percent increase from two years ago, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office.

There are about 400 seats up for a vote this year, from judgeships to state legislators up to the hotly contested U.S. Senate reelection campaign of Mitch McConnell.

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