Jonathan Meador

Frankfort Bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio

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

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Culture
6:39 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Legislation Would Create Tougher Penalties For Heroin Use, Trade

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Attorney General Jack Conway and two Kentucky lawmakers are introducing a bill aimed at curbing the state’s growing heroin epidemic.

Sen. Katie Stine and Rep. John Tilley want to raise penalties for heroin traffickers, provide funding for anti-heroin education and expand Medicaid services to include treatment for opiate addiction.

The bill builds on a previous attempt by Stine to charge dealers with homicide in overdose deaths. She says that the new bill tries to focus as much on both sides of heroin use.

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Business
6:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Economists Predict Growth In KY

A panel of nonpartisan economists reports that Kentucky’s General Fund is expected to grow by just over two and a half percent over the next two fiscal years.

That'll bring in about half a billion dollars. But in next year's budget, half of that will likely go toward pension payments, inflation on medical care costs and paying down nearly $160 million of a structural budget deficit.

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Government
10:17 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched House Colleague

Former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold allegedly inappropriately touched a House colleague, according to new filings in asexual harassment civil suit by two Statehouse staff members.
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In a pair of responses to discovery requests, Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege that Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, was inappropriately touched by Arnold.

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Health Care
4:44 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Nearly 100K Kentuckians Have Signed Up for Health Insurance through Kynect

More than 92,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage through the state’s healthcare exchange, Kynect, since it opened in October.

Kynect’s executive director, Carrie Banahan, says that the expansion is result of a growing demand for the health exchange’s services, which shows no signs of slowing down.

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Government
3:24 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Rep. Imes Files Bill Requiring State Policy-Makers to Visit Both Ends of Kentucky

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5th District Representative Kenny Imes (R-Murray) has pe-filed a bill to require certain state employees, including the governor, to visit the state’s most eastern and western counties before taking office.

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Government
6:18 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Beshear Budget Will Seek to Reinvest in Education

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he will protect education spending at the expense of cutting other services as a new state budget is crafted.

When it comes to cuts, Beshear says “everything is on the table.”

With a budget deficit likely in excess of $400 million, Beshear says if the need arises, he will preserve funding for one of his top priorities, education. And it will come at the expense of other services.

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Society
6:16 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Over 400,000 Kentuckians on Medicare Received Free Preventive Health Services in 2013

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More than 440,000 Kentuckians on Medicare took advantage of free preventative treatments this year.

That's according to numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

They say the patients underwent colonoscopies, mammograms, smoking cessation treatments and other services that became free under the Affordable Care Act.

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Health
10:46 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Kynect Shows Strong Growth In Enrollees Since Thanksgiving

Kentucky’s health insurance exchange is reporting strong gains in new enrollees since Thanksgiving.  

The Governor’s office released statistics late Friday afternoon showing Kynect had added 24,140 Kentuckians to a list of the newly insured.  About 5,400 of those were added in the last week. 

According to Kynect's website, the total number of Kentuckians who have enrolled in a new health insurance plan 84, 422.

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Government
6:48 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Upcoming State Budget Deficit Could Exceed $400 million

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New revenue in Kentucky’s upcoming biennial budget will not be enough to account for an estimated $450 million shortfall.

Lawmakers expect about $230 million in new revenue to be available for the budget.

But House Speaker Greg Stumbo recently told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders that more than half of that money will be used to pay down the state’s pension debt.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Senate President Stivers Tells Expanded Gaming Proponents To Unify

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Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker said pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

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