Byline | Bridge Tolls; Richie Farmer Plea; Officer Ellis 3 Months Later; Lee Hamilton on Syria

Here’s the rundown for today’s episode of Byline (full audio link below):

At the top – Leaders of five agencies serving at-risk students in Louisville say the Jefferson County school district is not supporting enough staff to maintain school safety. Maryhurst, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents and Uspiritus all offer residential treatment facilities. They also host schools and partner with JCPS which provides teachers and aides, but leaders of those facilities say they need more help. Education reporter Devin Katayama has the details. He also discusses the latest on Ohio River bridge tolling, and the dispute between Kosair Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville.

8:00 – Richie Farmer is facing some two years in prison under a plea agreement reached in his government corruption case.  We talk with Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald Leader about the fall of the former basketball star and two term agriculture commissioner.

14:00 – We have an update on the investigation into the murder of a Bardstown Police Officer.  Jason Ellis was gunned down just over three months ago in an ambush, and investigators are still working to identify suspects.

18:10 – Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey talks with former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton about possible U.S. military intervention in Syria, and the role of congress in that decision.

25:40 – Next week, for the first time, the acclaimed PBS series American Masters will focus its attention on a sports figure. Tennis champion Billie Jean King will be profiled. King may be best known for her battle of the sexes match with Bobby Riggs in 1973, which she won, but she was also a trailblazer for women’s tennis and women’s equality. Rick Howlett speaks with James Erskine, the director of the American Masters Billie Jean King film. 

32:25 – What motivates young people to become scientists? Science reporter Véronique LaCapra takes us to the Galapagos Islands, where two young women scientists are studying malaria among native bird populations — and changing the face of scientific research.

39:20 – Arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane weighs in on Noises Off, now open at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and a new exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center. “Motown in Black and White” is a photography and memorabilia exhibit from the archives of Al Abrams, the long-time Motown publicist.  She then has a conversation with Louisville author Sena Jeter Naslund, author of a new novel partially set here in Louisville.

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