Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau Chief

Jonathan Meador

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

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Politics
9:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Once Again Cockfighting Is An Issue in Kentucky Politics

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

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

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

Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

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

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

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

Credit Wikipedia Commons

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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Local News
12:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Kentucky Physicians Now Required to Have Training to Detect Child Abuse

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear has ceremonially signed into law a measure that requires Kentucky physicians to undergo training to detect signs of child abuse.

State Rep. Addia Wuchner sponsored the bill.

Three other states have similar laws, and Wuchner says this will address Kentucky's problem with abuse-related fatalities and injuries.

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Politics
7:00 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Losers, Winners and Lost Causes of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 Session

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By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014  Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget.

All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.

And with a session that began with a bang and ended with a whimper, it's what happened in between that House Speaker Greg Stumbo says lawmakers should be "proud" of.

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Politics
10:44 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Ethics Case Against Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold May Not Be Over Just Yet

Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

The ethics trial against former Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold may continue.

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Local News
5:44 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

Louisville Metro Police officer Barron Morgan
Credit Louisville Metro Police

The Louisville Metro Police Department has settled a whistleblower lawsuit from an officer who alleged he was retaliated against for helping a woman whose conviction followed a Kentucky State Police investigation that's been called into question.

The lawsuit—filed initially by one-time narcotics detective Barron Morgan and later joined by Lt. Richard Pearson—also alleged that the state police trooper who led that investigation lied under oath, tampered with evidence and intimidated a witness to maintain the questionable conviction.

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