Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio

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

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Government
1:43 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

LRC Invokes Legislative Immunity In Harassment Case

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The state Legislative Research Commission is arguing that none of its members can be sued in an ongoing harassment case due to a state law that permits immunity to lawmakers.

 

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Government
1:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

LRC to Swtich to Paperless Constituent Messaging System

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Constituents across Kentucky should expect an easier time getting their concerns to lawmakers beginning next year, when a new paperless messaging system is scheduled to take effect. 

Marcia Seiler, acting director of the Legislative Research Commission, says she pushed for a switch to a new electronic format for the General Assembly’s constituent messaging service, which traditionally transcribes constituent concerns onto pieces of colored paper known as “green slips.”

She's replacing that system with an instant electronic messaging service that will connect constituents and legislators immediately. 

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Government
1:05 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Kentucky Officials, Veterans Gather to Remember Vietnam

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:59 am

FRANKFORT—In partnership with the federal government, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs kicked-off on Thursday a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. The state plans to honor veterans with similar events across the state through 2025.

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Government
5:04 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Lawmakers Concerned Over Police Militarization, But Legislative Fix Uncertain

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State lawmakers heard debate today over the increasing militarization of local police departments in Kentucky and across the nation, but a possible legislative response to the unmitigated flow of military surplus gear to state law enforcement agencies isn’t clear. 

The Department of Defense program, known as “1033,” hands out unused military gear to state and local law enforcement agencies around the country.

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Government
5:11 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Lawmaker to Propose Bill Ending ‘Prison Gerrymandering'

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A Kentucky state lawmaker says he will introduce a bill that will accurately apportion the state’s prison population in legislative districts.

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Government
11:34 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Kentucky Bill Seeks to Limit Payday Loan Interest

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A state lawmaker from Lexington is proposing legislation to cap interest rates on so-called “payday loans” in Kentucky.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Rep. Anne Northup Endorses James Comer for Kentucky Governor

James Comer and Anne Northup

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:28 pm

Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

Northup joined Comer for a press conference atop Waterfront Park’s Big Four pedestrian bridge Friday morning, commending the 2015 gubernatorial hopeful on his success in helping legalize industrial hemp in the state. She urged Republican voters in Jefferson County and across the state to support his candidacy.

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Health
4:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kynect Benefiting HIV/AIDS Patients, Programs

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The expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act is benefiting a program run by the state that prescribes medication to low-income patients with  HIV and AIDS. 

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Government
4:46 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kentucky Ordered to Pay $160,000 in Redistricting Lawsuit

The state must pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky more than $160,000 in attorneys’ fees because the legislature failed to enact new legislative district maps in a timely fashion, the group announced today.

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Government
3:35 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Reformed Military Justice Code Tracks Greater Number of Sexual Assaults

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Changes to the Kentucky National Guard’s code of justice have enabled military police to better deal with sexual assault occurring within their ranks. 

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