Here’s what we covered on Byline today (full audio available below):
At the top – A special committee has been appointed to investigate sexual harassment complaints against western Kentucky lawmaker John Arnold, of Sturgis. The panel could recommend censure or even expulsion. WFPL Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey has the latest on that evolving story, as well as a look at the early sniping on the trail of the 2014 race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.
10:30 – We speak with education reporter Devin Katayama about Kentucky education commissioner Terry Holliday’s prediction that the 2014 General Assembly will be “make or break” for the state’s public education system. Devin also has the latest on Ohio River bridge tolls, which may be more than previously anticipated.
16:45 – Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen has begun looking into questions raised about spending and procedures at the Bluegrass Area Development District. It’s one of 15 regional agencies across Kentucky that helps local governments with planning and the spending of millions of dollars in federal funds. The Bluegrass ADD, based in Lexington, covers 17 counties in central Kentucky. The auditor is also expected to scrutinize a somewhat mysterious nonprofit created by the Bluegrass ADD, called the Bluegrass Industrial Foundation. We are joined by Linda Blackford of the Lexington Herald Leader, who’s been looking into the Bluegrass ADD’s finances.
21:20 – In Louisville, the movement to grow more of the city’s food in urban areas is small, but growing. Creating pockets of agriculture in areas that are often contaminated is a new puzzle for policymakers to solve. But as WFPL’s Erica Peterson reports, putting this puzzle together will do more than just feed the community.
25:25 – College football season is here. The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers in Nashville Saturday night, and this year, both teams have new coaches. Mark Stoops is at the helm at UK in his first head coaching job. And in Bowling Green, it’s the return of Bobby Petrino, who a year ago was fired at Arkansas for misleading officials about the details of a motorcycle accident that left him injured. It led to the disclosure of an extramarital affair involving a young woman on Petrino’s staff. Chad Bishop, who covers WKU sports for the Bowling Green Daily News, joins us to talk about the return of Petrino.
30:00 – This week marked the end of an era in Louisville. Crews brought down the big screen at the Kenwood Drive, in south Louisville, the city’s last standing screen. The Kenwood, which opened in 1949, has been closed for several years. Louisville had as many as nine drive-ins at one time. The United Drive-in Theaters Association says there are seven theaters still in operation in Kentucky, and 20 in southern Indiana. The numbers continue to dwindle, but some are working to keep the drive-in tradition alive. Rick Howlett speaks with Kipp Sherer, co-founder of drive-ins.com, about the industry’s past and future.
36:30 – In our arts segment, WFPL’s Erin Keane tells us about some noteworthy upcoming events and talks with the Louisville Ballet’s Bruce Simpson. The ballet’s season opens on September 13 with Swan Lake.