Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio available below):
At the top – Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen has accepted the Jefferson County school board’s request to review the district’s finances and central staff operations. WFPL’s Devin Katayama speaks with Edelen, who says because his review isn’t based on any specific complaint, the scope of the audit will be broad.
9:30 – This weekend in Louisville, Rosemarie Smead will be ordained a priest. The ceremony will be conducted by a group called the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. It’s a dissident group that broke from the Catholic church over the issue of women in the priesthood. Roman Catholic law forbids the ordination of women. WFPL’s Rick Howlett speaks with Rosemarie Smead about this weekend’s ceremony and her decision to take such a step in defiance of the church.
17:00 – This week, an appeals court ruled in favor of environmental groups that argued the streamlined permit the government used to permit mountaintop removal mines wasn’t protective of the environment. WFPL environment reporter Erica Peterson explains what it means.
20:45 – A Franklin Circuit Judge has ordered the state to resume paying its subsidy to more than a dozen Louisville day cares that serve low income working families. The funds were cut off and the state revoked their licenses following what the state will only call a fraud investigation. WFPL’s Joseph Lord explains the action – and tells us briefly about security plans for tomorrow’s Derby marathon and mini-marathon.
25:45 – Recently, more than 1,000 Kentuckians received a letter saying that their overdue medical debt had been paid, no strings attached. The bills were paid by a non-profit group, affiliated with Occupy Wall Street, that uses donations to purchase the debt for pennies on the dollar. Jere Downs of the Courier-Journal reported on it this week and she fills us in. [Did you receive one of the letters? Consider getting in touch].
30:00 – It’s been 40 years now since Secretariat, considered by many to be the greatest thoroughbred racehorse of all time, won the Kentucky Derby. Big Red, as Secretariat was fondly known, went on to win the Triple Crown, setting speed records in all three races that still stand. He blew away the field in the Belmont Stakes, winning by 31 lengths. Jockey Ron Turcotte was aboard Secretariat for all three triple crown races. Turcotte is the subject of a new documentary, “Secretariat’s Jockey, Ron Turcotte” directed by Phil Comeau. It will premiere next week right here in Louisville. He joins us by phone.
35:40 – WFPL’s arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane talks about some recent events, including a Gilbert and Sullivan production, a Bourbon Baroque concert, and a soiree at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. She then speaks with Bruce Whitacre, executive director of the National Corporate Theater Fund, which will honor Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s 50th anniversary at it’s gala next week in New York.