Here’s the rundown for this edition of Byline:
At the top – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told lawmakers in his state of the commonwealth address that it’s time to find consensus on ways to overhaul the state’s tax and pension systems. We discuss that and the rest of the governor’s legislative agenda and the 2013 general assembly with Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston.
9:40 – A conservative Super PAC has launched a pre-emptive strike against potential U.S. Senate candidate Ashley Judd. WFPL Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey and Kenny Colston talk about the ad and the 2014 race for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat.
16:40 – There were some developments this week in the ethics case against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, who’s accused of using her elected office to benefit herself and some family members. WFPL’s Phillip Bailey and Devin Katayama have the latest.
21:40 – It was an exciting week for walkers, joggers, bike riders, and outdoor enthusiasts, as Louisville had a soft opening of the Big Four pedestrian bridge over the Ohio River. Devin Katayama was there for the ceremonies and reports on the enthusiastic public reaction.
26:30 – News Director Gabe Bullard joins us to discuss the newly-released findings of the federal investigation into the explosion and fire that killed two workers two years ago at Carbide Industries, the Rubbertown chemical plant.
31:50 – WFPL’s Joseph Lord talks with Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence. For the second straight year, she’s nominated for a best actress Oscar, this time for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.
38:15 – Arts segment with WFPL’s Erin Keane. We hear her feature on Louisville’s Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, then she chats with Elena Passarello, author of “Let Me Clear My Throat,” a book of essays about amazing and memorable moments in human vocalizations.