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
8:05 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky House OKs College Scholarship Program for Coal Counties

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:02 am

A bill that would provide up to $5,000 in college scholarships for high-school students in Kentucky's coal-producing counties has passed the state House.

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Politics
8:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky Senate Republicans: No Sentiment for Expanded Gambling This Year

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 5:20 am

Expanded gambling may be dead for another year, according to Kentucky Senate Republicans.

A bill filed by Sen. Dan Seum, a Louisville Republican, would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot and let voters decide if they want casinos in the commonwealth.

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Government
4:36 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Attempting to Prevent UN Environmental Regulation Proposal Passes Kentucky Senate Committee

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A bill aimed at preventing a proposal by the United Nations to regulate environmental issues has cleared a Senate committee.

Senate Bill 31, filed by Northern Kentucky Sen. John Schikel seeks to prevent the state from adopting any environmental provisions set forth by a U.N. emissions-reduction plan known as “Agenda 21.”

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Government
4:34 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Allowing Study of Cannabis Oil Proposed in Kentucky State Senate

Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville)
Credit LRC Public Information

A bill that would permit Kentucky universities to study and develop treatments using cannabis oil has been filed in the state Senate.

Cannabidiol is an ingredient found in the marijuana plant. It has an extremely low THC content, which means it doesn’t get its users high, and a growing body of research shows it can significantly reduce seizures, even in children with epilepsy.

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Politics
8:03 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Stripping Governor of Power to Implement Regulations

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 6:46 pm

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would amend the state constitution and remove the governor's ability to implement regulations.

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Government
7:58 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase Clears KY House

Credit Kentucky LRC

After more than two-and-a-half hours of debate, the Kentucky House passed a bill Thursday afternoon that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

The issue drew impassioned speeches from supporting lawmakers. 

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Government
7:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Statewide Smoking Ban Moving in Kentucky Legislature

Credit www.wikipedia.com

A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the commonwealth.

The House Health & Welfare Committee voted 10-3. It would provide an exemption for open spaces, and will also apply to e-cigarettes.

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Politics
7:52 am
Thu February 6, 2014

House Floor Leader Calls For Private Meetings on Tax Reform

Republican Kentucky House Floor Leader Jeff Hoover says it's important that a committee of lawmakers work on tax reform in private, without public access to the meetings.

When Gov. Steve Beshear unveiled his $210 million tax reform plan this week, he said he wanted lawmakers to get to work on a compromise.

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Politics
7:45 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Abortion Related Ultrasound Bill Passes Senate

Credit wikipedia.org

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.  The bill does not include an exemption for victims of rape. 

According to the reproductive rights nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, 88% of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Government
7:27 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Beshear Unveils Tax Plan

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has released his plans for tax reform. The plan would raise an additional 210 million dollars in revenue each year.

Beshear says the plan would make Kentucky’s economy more competitive with neighboring states by taxing services, lowering income taxes, and reducing the top corporate income tax by a tenth of a percent.

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