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
3:02 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kentucky Religious Coalition Protests “Misleading” Anti-Abortion Claims

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A pro-choice religious group says a Kentucky-based abortion counseling center is using misleading tactics to dissuade women from getting the procedure.

The Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice led 40 protesters over the weekend in a demonstration against downtown Louisville’s “A Woman’s Choice Resource Center.”

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Government
9:38 am
Mon June 23, 2014

'Kentucky Needs New Law for Disputed Black Lung Claims'- Dept of Workers' Claims

A miner at the Black Lung Laboratory in the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, West Virginia, is having his lung capacity tested to determine whether he has the disease. Blood samples also are taken and his heartbeat is monitored while walking on a treadmill. These and other known testing methods are used to determine if miners have coal dust particles in their lungs which cause a progressive shortness of breath.
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Kentucky coal miners seeking workers compensation for black lung may get a new way to battle denied claims.

In a 2011 Kentucky Supreme Court case of Vision Mining, Inc v. Gardner, the state’s highest court found that the methodology for reaching consensus on disputed X-rays of coal miners with black lung was unconstitutional.

Department of Workers’ Claims Commissioner Dwight Lovan says the ruling affects about 3,000 finalized black lung claims over the past decade.

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Government
5:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Lawmakers Say Medical Marijuana in Kentucky An Inevitability

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Wednesday, Kentucky lawmakers once again considered legislation that would make marijuana legal for medicinal use.

The legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health & Welfare heard pleas from a nurse practitioner and people with disabilities who say that the drug, which is currently available for medicinal use in 22 states, would alleviate symptoms of pain.

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Government
4:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beshear Addresses National Health Care Conference

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Gov. Steve Beshear addressed a national health care conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday to once again tout Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
4:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Beshear Says EPA Coal Emission Standards Provide ‘Flexibility’

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says proposed federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants provide the state with some “flexibility” in meeting government targets.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month that the nation must reduce carbon emissions created by burning coal by 30 percent.

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Government
6:35 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Beshear: Budget will be Balanced and Won't Affect Education

Recent state revenue receipts show that Kentucky’s real income is falling short of projections and will lead to a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

Lower-than-predicted coal severance taxes, property taxes, road fund receipts and more have the state facing a nearly $28 million shortfall by the end of the fiscal year.

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Government
4:18 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Kentucky to Get $110 Million in Tobacco Settlement Money

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Kentucky will receive about $110 million from an agreement between the state and tobacco companies over the state’s mishandling of tobacco funds dating back to 2003.

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Government
10:58 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kentucky State Police Reopen Investigation Of Former LRC Director's Document Shredding

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Kentucky State Police has reopened its investigation into the document shredding by former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman.

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Government
6:31 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Beshear Pleased With Appeal in Seven Counties Case

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he is pleased with a decision by the Kentucky Retirement Systems to appeal a recent ruling that would allow quasi-governmental agencies to withdraw from the beleaguered public pension system.

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Government
4:20 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Beshear, Edelen Sign Cyber-Security Bills

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Gov. Steve Beshear and State Auditor Adam Edelen gathered in Louisville today for a ceremonial signing of a pair of bills—House Bills 5 and 232—intended to shore up Kentucky’s ability to protect citizens’ data from security breaches.

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