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
6:54 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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Hemp
10:36 am
Fri May 30, 2014

What Role Can Hemp Play in Kentucky's Future Ag Economy?

Hemp seeds in plant
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It’s a cool, overcast afternoon at Gaining Grounds Farm, about 60 miles south of Lexington. About 90 people, many of them veterans, farmers, or a combination thereof, are seated under a makeshift tent, taking refuge from a light rain that’s drizzling Gaining Ground's undulating 425 acres.

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Government
3:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cannabis Oil Law Hits Roadblock

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After passing the Kentucky General Assembly with unanimous support, a new law that would permit state public universities to research and prescribe medical cannabis oil is hitting a rough patch.

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Election
7:10 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Turnout Low In Tuesday's Primary

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Turnout was light in Tuesday’s primary election; just 26 percent of registered Kentucky voters cast a ballot. Little over a quarter of the state’s record 3.1 million registered voters participated in the primary, which decided hundreds of races across the Commonwealth.

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Election
7:03 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Over 200 Calls Made to Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office reports 205 calls to its election fraud hotline Tuesday during the primary. Instances of vote buying and selling were reported in several counties. The bulk of the complaints concern instances of alleged election fraud and procedural questions related to voting. 

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Government
6:36 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Fitch Names KRS Pension Worst-Funded in Nation

Kentucky's employee pension has been rated among the worst in the nation.
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Global credit agency Fitch Ratings has named one of Kentucky’s pensions the worst in the nation. The non-hazardous pension under the Kentucky Employee Retirement System has about a quarter of the money it would need to pay out what will be owed to pensioners. 

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Government
4:07 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

It's Election Day Eve in Kentucky. Here Are State Legislature Primaries to Watch.

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With an expected 30 percent (or less) voter turnout in tomorrow's primary elections, about 930,000 Kentuckians will take to the polls to determine which candidates will appear on the ballot during this fall's general election.

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Government
10:19 am
Mon May 19, 2014

'Growing Warriors' To Begin Planting Hemp This Week

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A group of Kentucky military veteran farmers say they will plant a crop of hemp seeds this week following a federal court hearing.

The Kentucky Agriculture Department had sued the Drug Enforcement Agency over the DEA's seizure of hemp seeds imported for research. A judge ruled that the seeds can be released with the proper permits. 

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Government
4:45 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Grimes: Primary Turnout Not Likely to Exceed 30 Percent

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary elections isn’t likely to break 30 percent.

Grimes says the lack of a presidential race and the lack of a ballot initiative on local option sales tax will keep most voters at home on primary day.

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Government
4:42 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Comer Sues Federal Government Over Hemp Seed Seizure

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week.

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