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
4:54 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Beshear Argues Same Sex Marriage Would Be an Economic Drag on Kentucky

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In a brief filed in court, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says same sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children. Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.

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Government
7:18 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Humane Society CEO Wants Kentucky to Strengthen Cockfighting Law

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The Humane Society of the United States wants Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo to strengthen the state’s cockfighting laws. 

 Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle’s push comes after a cockfighting ring was recently busted in McDowell, Kentucky. A USDA agent says the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club allegedly hosted illegal gambling ‘derbies’ of fighting chickens. 

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Politics
8:56 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Once Again Cockfighting Is An Issue in Kentucky Politics

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 8:57 am

For the third time in as many months, leading Kentucky politicians find themselves addressing cockfighting.

A new federal case brings questions about the bloodsport to a top state Democratic lawmaker and puts the practice back into conversations about the U.S. Senate race.

Federal authorities filed charges against three Eastern Kentucky residents this week in a massive cockfighting ring run out of the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Ky.

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Government
5:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

In Reversal, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty

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After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.

It was the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.

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Politics
8:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Jack Conway and Sannie Overly Offer Few Details In Gubernatorial Campaign Launch

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During their campaign's first press conference as a  gubernatorial ticket, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chair Sannie Overly on Tuesday emphasized a focus on early childhood education.

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Politics
10:54 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Jack Conway is (Officially) Running for Kentucky Governor, and Sannie Overly is His Running Mate

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway officially announced in a video press release on Tuesday his candidacy for governor, adding that he has tapped House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as his running mate.

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Pensions
6:21 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Why One Kentucky State Pension is Outperforming the Other

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It was the best of pensions, it was the worst of pensions.

In 2013, the $14.5 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems' investment portfolio drastically underperformed its cousin—the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System—by about $1 billion.

Moreover, last year the KRS underperformed the average public pension's investment plan by about $500 million.

What's the difference?

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Government
2:33 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Record Number of Kentuckians Register to Vote

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A record number of Kentuckians have registered to vote in advance of the May 20 primary.

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Business
10:12 am
Wed April 30, 2014

UK Business Professor: Kentucky’s Inadequate Workforce Plays a Role in Toyota’s Move to Texas

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A University of Kentucky business professor says Toyota's decision to move more than a thousand jobs from Northern Kentucky to Texas could be a result of the commonwealth's inadequate workforce.

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Government
5:27 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

KY Governor Signs Child Abuse Training Bill

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has ceremonially signed into law a measure that would require Kentucky physicians to undergo training to detect signs of child abuse.

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