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
4:50 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Bill Would Allow Kentuckians to Have Service Monkeys, Draws Criticism

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A bill that would permit monkeys to be used as service companions for paralyzed Kentuckians has been filed in the state Senate, and is drawing criticism from animal rights groups. 

At first blush, state Senator John Schikel’s (R-11) bill sounds like fodder for "The Daily Show." It allows primates to be service companions in private residences.

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Government
4:18 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Senate To Consider Felon Voting Rights, Waiting Period

A bill that would automatically restore voting rights for non-violent felons in Kentucky has taken another step toward passage.

The bill handily passed in the Democratically-controlled House, but likely won't be well-received in the GOP-led Senate. Similar bills have died there in previous years.

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Government
5:12 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Senate Heroin Bill Headed For the House

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The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that aims to fix the state’s heroin problem.

The Senate voted 36 to zero on to charge drug dealers with homicide if users die from an overdose, to provide immunity to “Good Samaritans” who seek medical attention for overdose victims, and to increase funding for treatment efforts. 

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Government
4:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

House Bill to Track Economic Incentive Programs Clears Committee

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A bill that would establish a public database of economic development and tax incentives offered in Kentucky has cleared a House committee.

Representative Larry Clark (D-Louisville) filed the bill.

It would require the state’s Economic Development Cabinet to provide information on how much money the state gives to private companies for the purposes of job creation.

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Business
7:31 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Considers Expanded Gambling

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 7:30 pm

The latest round of efforts to expand gambling to casinos in Kentucky has begun.

A House committee heard testimony on the issue Wednesday. During the meeting, Democratic gambling bill sponsor, state Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville, told lawmakers that he will likely collaborate with Sen. Dan Seum, R-Louisville, who has filed similar legislation in the Senate.

State Rep. Dennis Keane, the committee chair, says the spirit of cooperation between the two parties will likely help when gaming comes up for a vote.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Lawmakers May Not Fight Court Ruling on Liquor Ban in Grocery Stores

Kentucky lawmakers may seek a legislative solution to the dispute over whether grocery and convenience stores should be allowed to sell liquor and wine.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling that allowed wine and liquor to be sold in grocery stores and gas stations across the commonwealth.

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Government
5:03 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months

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Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has been sentenced to 27 months in prison. Farmer previously plead guilty to corruption charges for misappropriating government resources while in office.

The sentence also requires Farmer to pay over $120,000 in restitutions for abusing his power.

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Government
12:22 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Felon Voting Rights Bill Passes Ky. House Committee

Rep. Jesse Crenshaw
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A bill that would restore voting rights for non-violent felons has passed a Kentucky House committee.

The measure is Rep. Jesse Crenshaw's latest attempt to put approximately 130,000 felons back on the voting rolls. Similar efforts have repeatedly stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. But Crenshaw says he hopes that his bill will fare better this year due to support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

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Politics
7:19 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Stivers Has Cuts in Mind, But Isn’t Sharing

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Kentucky’s highest ranking Republican lawmaker says he has identified areas of the budget he would like to cut, but he isn’t going to share them just yet.

Senate President Robert Stivers says he has some cuts in mind, but he hasn't discussed them with Gov. Steve Beshear or House Speaker Greg Stumbo. 

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Politics
7:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Rep. Fischer: Abortion is a Form of Domestic Violence

A Republican lawmaker has amended a bill expanding domestic violence protections for dating couples to include language limiting abortions.

Rep. Joe Fischer of Ft. Thomas says he believes abortion is a form of domestic violence.

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