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
4:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

If AG Won't Appeal Same Sex Marriage - Senator Seeks Law to Allow Third Party Appeal

A Republican state senator says he intends to file a bill that would permit a third-party to appeal a ruling that says Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

Sen. Dan Seum says if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to appeal Judge John Heyburn’s decision that nullifies the state’s ban on gay marriage, his bill would allow others to do so.

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Environment
8:03 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Kentucky Youth Push For Green Jobs

Members of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition came to Frankfort today to lay out a case for sustainable energy job creation.

KSEC’s Tyler Offerman, of Lexington, says a House bill filed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian would help create jobs in sustainable fields by requiring utilities to include renewable energy sources in their portfolio.

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Politics
7:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Rep. Larry Clark: Kentucky Expanded Gambling Still in the Works

A state lawmaker from Louisville says the issue of expanded gaming isn’t dead yet.

Democratic state Rep. Larry Clark says that he met with representatives from five Kentucky racetracks and the head of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to allay concerns of the thoroughbred industry over a bill he has filed that would expand gaming in the state.

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Government
7:53 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Beshear Signs First Bill of 2014 Session Into Law

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A bill that will let nurses provide patients certain prescription drugs has become the first measure of the 2014 General Assembly signed into law.

At a ceremony held yesterday in the Capitol’s State Reception Room, Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 7, saying the measure complements the state’s expansion of health care under the federal health care law. 

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Politics
9:47 am
Wed February 26, 2014

'Patent Troll' Bill Clears Kentucky Senate

A bill that seeks to limit claims of copyright infringement of intellectual property in Kentucky cleared the state Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 116 would crack down on copyright infringement claims by groups known as "patent trolls," which seek to exploit patent law for monetary gain.

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Government
9:42 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Smoking Ban: 'Uphill Battle' in Kentucky House

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) says that mustering legislative support for a bill that would ban smoking in private businesses and public areas is “an uphill battle.”

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Education
3:18 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Testing Waivers for Kentucky School Districts of Innovation Wins House Committee Approval

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A bill that would modify student assessments in Kentucky public schools has unanimously cleared a House committee.

The measure would permit schools under the Kentucky Department of Education’s Districts of Innovation plan to implement new testing methods to assess student performance. 

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Government
4:38 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

John Arnold Ethics Trial Delayed Again Due to Mental Health Concerns

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A state ethics trial involving former Rep. John Arnold has been delayed again.

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission ordered that the sexual harassment trial against Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, be postponed. 

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Politics
7:49 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Rand Paul Talks Inclusiveness With Minorities

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he wants the Republican Party to become more inclusive toward minorities and the poor.

He spoke Friday before a gathering of state Republicans in downtown Louisville. Paul—who just a few years ago voiced his displeasure with the 1964 Civil Rights Act—said the GOP needs to change is collective voice. 

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NPR Story
11:41 am
Fri February 21, 2014

In Kentucky the Path to Restoring Voting Rights to Felons Makes a Detour

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 11:02 am

FRANKFORT — As a child, Teddi Smith-Robillard suffered trauma that haunted and shaped her early years—to the point that she ended up a convicted felon, she said.

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