Local News

Here’s what we covered on Byline today (full audio available below):

At the top – The removal trial of Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has been scheduled for July 23. Shanklin is accused of violating the Metro Government Code of Ethics, and she faces removal by a Metro Council court.  We talk about the trial and the legal maneuvering in advance of the proceedings with WFPL’s Philip M. Bailey and Devin Katayama.

9:30 – Mayor Greg Fischer has unveiled his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.  The proposal calls for no layoffs or significant service cuts, no tax increases, and more money for roads and infrastructure.  We talk about it with WFPL political editor Phillip Bailey.

12:50 – Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston joins us to discuss the latest turn in the 2014 U.S. Senate race. Former Miss America Heather French Henry says she’s been approached about seeking the Democratic nomination to unseat Republican Mitch McConnell.  The Louisville clothing designer is among a growing list of Democrats to consider taking on McConnell, who, as the longest serving U.S. senator in Kentucky history, is seeking a sixth term.

17:40 – In the first of a two-part series on immigration,  Andrea Seabrook’s DecodeDC  podcast looks at how sometimes it seems humor can get closer to a problem than political talking points ever could.

35:20 – In our Arts segment, Erin Keane talks with poet Chris Mattingly and non-fiction writer Loreen Niewenhuis.  The two alumni of Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts program also read from their new books, Scuffletown and A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk.

Brad Yost is a producer for WFPL News and Louisville Public Media.