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
9:27 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Kentucky Retirement Systems to Get $23 Million in Big Bank of America Settlement

Credit Kentucky Retirement Systems

 

Bank of America has agreed to pay $23 million in restitution to Kentucky Retirement Systems over fraudulent mortgage-backed securities that fueled the 2008 financial crash. 

The agreement is part of a $16.65 billion settlement with six states attorneys general, which the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a news conference Thursday.

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Government
4:42 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Grimes Responds to Bus Accusations

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes denies that her campaign may have violated federal campaign finance laws.

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Government
3:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Bank of America to Pay $23 Million to KRS

Tommy Elliot, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Bill Thielen listen to a presentation during the meeting of Kentucky Retirement Systems on May 15, 2014.
Credit Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL

Bank of America has agreed to pay $23 million in restitution to Kentucky Retirement Systems over fraudulent mortgage-backed securities that fueled the 2008 financial crash.

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Education
5:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

JCTA, Louisville Educators Clash Over Underfunded Teachers' Pension

JCTA president Brent McKim; Louisville League of Women Voters president Pat Murrell; pension expert Chris Tobe

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 4:27 pm

Louisville educators who support a lawsuit seeking to recoup lost money from Kentucky's underfunded teachers' pension system clashed this week with the head of the Jefferson County teachers' union.

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Government
4:52 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

LaRue County GOP Passes Resolution Urging Lawmakers to Fix Broken Pension System

The LaRue County Republican Party has passed a resolution urging the Kentucky General Assembly to fix the state’s crumbling pension system.

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Government
8:40 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Hearing Becomes Proxy Battle For GOP Gubernatorial Candidates

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters (left) and Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy John Lyons (right).
Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

 

FRANKFORT—A state legislative hearing Friday on proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions became a flashpoint in Kentucky's Republican gubernatorial primary.

Lawmakers on an energy subcommittee heard testimony from Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters on how the state must respond to regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, which seek to lower carbon dioxide emissions in the state by about 17 percent by 2030, with a national target reduction of 30 percent that same year.

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Government
4:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

State Lawmakers Object To Military Base Reductions

FRANKFORT—A group of state lawmakers are calling for the U.S. Department of Defense to abandon its plan to reduce personnel at military bases in Kentucky and across the country.

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Education
4:35 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Kentucky's Teacher Retirement System May Become One of the Worst-Funded in the US

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New pension accounting standards could place Kentucky's teachers' retirement system among the worst-funded in the U.S.

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Government
1:33 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Kentucky's Death Penalty: A Comprehensive Look

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Allen Ault admits to being a murderer.

But Ault isn’t behind bars, nor was he tried for his “crimes”; he’s currently dean of Criminal Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. But as Ault told an interim joint committee on the judiciary earlier this month, he considers his actions as a director of corrections akin to premeditated murder.

“I have murdered five people as an agent of the state,” he said.

Ault said that many of his former colleagues have committed suicide or retreated into drugs to cope with their actions

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Government
4:27 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Kentucky Revenue Receipts Suggest Slow Growth

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New data released by the state’s budget office suggest that Kentucky’s General Fund isn’t growing fast enough, and could lead to another budget shortfall.

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