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
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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Government
3:54 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Former Lawmaker John Arnold Appeals Ethics Verdict

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Former Kentucky state lawmaker John Arnold is fighting a guilty verdict in his ethics trial. His attorney filed an appeal in Franklin Circuit Court yesterday asking a judge to rescind a ruling by a state ethics panel that found Arnold guilty of abusing his office when he sexually harassed and assaulted three state House employees.

That ruling consisted of a public reprimand of Arnold, as well as $3,000 in fines.

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Government
2:12 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Study: Kentucky Among Most Corrupt States For Spending

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new study suggests that states with high levels of public corruption like Kentucky tend to spend more money on capital construction projects and police protection at the expense of social services.

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Energy
7:28 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Natural Gas Companies Brief Lawmakers On Industry's Future

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Members of the Kentucky interim joint committee on natural resources and the environment and a special energy subcommittee got an update Thursday on where natural gas is, and where it could head, in Kentucky.

Republican State Senator Jared Carpenter is chair of both committees and says natural gas will grow as a portion of the state’s energy sources, but not at the expense of coal.

“I think they are going to be a major player now, because the federal regulations are being so impossible, to reach the regulations they're wanting to pass. Coal is going to be impacted by it, like it has been, but coal's not going to go anywhere. Everybody understands the importance of 

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Hemp
2:41 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Kentucky May Provide Loans to Lure Hemp Processors

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Kentucky’s burgeoning hemp industry may receive a shot in the arm later this year if the state changes a loan program for agricultural processors. 

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Government
4:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Stumbo, Stivers Call New EPA Regulations A "Dumbass" Policy

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The state’s top-ranking lawmakers have some choice words over proposed federal regulations governing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency this week announced new regulations that would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants 30 percent by the year 2030.

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Government
6:28 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Kentucky City Sues State Pension System Over Risky Investments

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A Kentucky city is suing the state's public pension system over its investment of county employees' retirement money into "risky" hedge funds. 

An attorney for Ft. Wright, a northern Kentucky city of 5,700, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday alleging that Kentucky Retirement Systems improperly used money from one of its subsidiary funds to make investments that were illegal under state law.

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Government
11:12 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Who Spent the Most Lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly In The 2014 Session

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Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 2:21 pm

Lobbyists spent $8.7 million to lobby Kentucky lawmakers this year—and tobacco giant Altria led the pack at $156,000, according to records released by the Legislative Ethics Commission this week.

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Government
6:54 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Kentucky State Police Find No Misconduct By LRC Director Bobby Sherman

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After a nearly seven-month investigation, the Kentucky State Police say investigators found no evidence that former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman shredded work-related documents to cover-up information on sexual harassment within the state legislature.

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