Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):
At the top – A rash of violence and vandalism by dozens of teenagers in downtown Louisville last weekend has city officials trying to assure citizens that their streets are safe and trying to answer the question “why did this happen?” WFPL’s Jacob Ryan and Joseph Lord have details.
11:30 – Last December, the Louisville-based hospital and nursing home chain Kindred announced that its chairman and former chief executive Edward Kuntz would be quitting the board of directors in May. In the announcement, CEO Paul Diaz said he would miss Kuntz’s guidance and advice. But actually, he won’t have to go without it. Jim McNair with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has found out that the day before his retirement was announced, Kuntz agreed to a two-year consulting deal that will pay him $120,000 a year. He speaks with WFPL’s Gabe Bullard about the story.
14:45 – Kentucky Public Radio’s Frankfort Bureau Chief Jonathan Meador joins us with the latest news from the Kentucky General Assembly, including the state budget talks, charter schools, heroin trafficking, and cannabis oil.
20:50 – For the second time in three years, the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats will play each other in the men’s NCAA tournament tonight. Courier Journal columnist and sportswriter Adam Himmelsbach joins us to speak with us regarding the highly anticipated game, and more.
29:30 – Kentucky. Louisville. Indiana. These may be three of the most repeated words every year during the NCAA basketball tournament. And tonight, the Louisville Cardinals meet the Kentucky Wildcats in Indianapolis. The winner will advance to Sunday’s Midwest Regional final in the NCAA men’s tournament. But as Greg Echlin reports, there has been something noticeably missing since the tournament began.
33:00 – Richie Farmer began serving a 27 month sentence this week at a facility in West Virginia. The 44 year old former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges related to his two terms in that office. Rick Howlett has a report on the turns in Farmer’s life.
37:20 – Arts segment with WFPL’s Erin Keane. She discusses the annual Motherlodge Arts Exchange, Savage Rose’s King Lear, and SWAN Day celebrating women in the arts. Then she speaks with choreographer Val Caniparoli, whose new work Spaghetti Western makes its world premiere in the Louisville Ballet’s Complementary Voices program next weekend (April 4-5).