Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio

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

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Politics
7:45 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Abortion Related Ultrasound Bill Passes Senate

Credit wikipedia.org

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.  The bill does not include an exemption for victims of rape. 

According to the reproductive rights nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, 88% of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Government
7:27 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Beshear Unveils Tax Plan

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has released his plans for tax reform. The plan would raise an additional 210 million dollars in revenue each year.

Beshear says the plan would make Kentucky’s economy more competitive with neighboring states by taxing services, lowering income taxes, and reducing the top corporate income tax by a tenth of a percent.

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Education
7:08 am
Tue February 4, 2014

KCTCS 'BuildSmart' Bonds Bankrolled By Student Tuition

Credit kctcs.edu

Kentucky's community colleges will use new tuition fees to pay for improvements to campuses across the commonwealth.

The sixteen colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will take on about $200 million in bonds.

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Government
3:28 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Beshear Tight-Lipped on Tax Reform Specifics

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear isn’t spilling any secrets about the tax reform proposal he plans to unveil Tuesday.

Beshear won't say whether he wants to raise taxes, or whether his plan will be revenue neutral. And with the session of the General Assembly a third of the way over, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are skeptical there’s enough time to get tax reform passed. But Beshear doesn’t seem to think so.

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Kynect
2:04 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Kynect Enrollment Tops 200,000

Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, Kynect, has topped 200,000 enrollees, according to the Governor’s Office. 

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Government
7:21 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Fetal Ultrasound Bill Passes Out of Committee

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A Kentucky Senate committee has passed a bill that would require women seeking abortions to undergo a mandatory ultrasound procedure. Senate Bill 8 is the latest anti-abortion measure to clear the panel.

Lawmakers heard testimony from Derrick Selznick, who is director of the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. Selznick opposes the bill on the grounds that it’s demeaning to women.

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Government
7:12 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Senate Passes AT&T-Backed Deregulation Bill

A bill backed by AT&T that would deregulate telecommunications in Kentucky has passed the state Senate.

Senators voted 34-4 in favor of the bill. It would end requirements for telephone service providers to offer landlines to urban areas.

It would also prohibit the Public Service Commission from arbitrating consumer complaints over broadband services.

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Government
3:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids

After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in last night’s State of the Union address, a new brief from a Kentucky economic think-tank says that a raise in the minimum wage would benefit about 1 in 4 workers and reduce child poverty.

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Government
3:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Felon Expungements Bill Passes House Committee

A bill that would remove certain non-violent felonies from criminal records has cleared a Kentucky House committee.

Filed by Louisville Representative Darryl Owens, the bill would expunge charges after five years, as long as they don't lead to a federal criminal indictment. The bill cleared the Judiciary Committee by an 18 to 8 vote that fell largely along party lines, with only one Republican joining Democrats in support of the bill.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

New Super PAC Launches to Elect State House Republicans

A newly-formed Super PAC will target Kentucky House races this fall in an effort to win a GOP majority in that chamber.

New Direction Kentucky is a nonprofit founded by former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, who is rumored to be a GOP contender for next year's governor’s race. 

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