Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):
At the top – A lawsuit has now been filed challenging Indiana’s gay marriage law. The action was announced today by a law firm based in Louisville, which was also in the news this week with decisions affecting the future of same sex marriage in the Commonwealth. Joining us with the latest is WFPL online managing editor Joseph Lord.
8:45 – The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission on Thursday dismissed three complaints against Council President Jim King, saying two were untimely and the third lacked probable cause. The commission adjourned abruptly following an hour-long closed executive session after several community members interrupted proceedings, insisting that they be allowed to speak publicly on the matter. Kristina Goetz with the Kentucky Center for Invetigative Reporting and WFPL Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey explain the actions. Bailey also discusses the latest with “ban the box” legislation, and Hal Heiner’s decision to run for governor of Kentucky.
17:20 – This is the final weekend of the regular season in men’s college basketball. Most conference tournaments begin next week, then March 16 will be selection Sunday, when teams find out when and where they’ll play in the NCAA tournament, and for some so-called bubble teams, whether they’ve put up the numbers and get an at-large bid from the selection committee. We check in with Tom Lane, sports anchor and reporter for WDRB TV and wdrb.com.
27:00 – She’s been in show business for more than a half century now, and at age 80 is showing no signs of slowing down. Joan Rivers is a comedian, talk show host, reality show star, author, jewelry designer, and much more. Later this month she will bring her stand-up show to Louisville’s Brown Theatre. Joan Rivers joined us by phone this week from New York to talk about her show – and a number of other topics.
36:00 – Have you ever replaced a broken egg in a carton at the grocery store? Well, unfortunately, in Kentucky anyway, you broke the law. Reporter John Null has more on a bill awaiting Governor Steve Beshear’s signature that aims to allow grocers to do the mixing and matching for you.
39:45 – Arts segment with WFPL’s arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane. After a quick rundown of notable arts events in the area, Erin speaks with playwright Jordan Harrison. His new play, The Grown-Up, is in previews tonight and tomorrow at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and it officially opens on Sunday. He is a Humana Festival veteran – this will be his fifth play to have a world premiere in the annual new play showcase.