Here’s what we covered in this edition of Byline:
At the top – The Kentucky State Fair Board took a major step toward reopening Kentucky Kingdom with approval of a 50-year lease this week. Developer Ed Hart and his team of investors say they are confident the park that’s been closed since 2009 will reopen next year. Ed Hart speaks with WFPL’s Devin Katayama.
13:35 – The Courier-Journal’s James Carroll joins us from Washington for his take on the pageantry and substance of Monday’s presidential inauguration, and a look at the second Obama administration.
19:00 – Can Sen. Mitch McConnell fend off challenges from Democrats AND the tea party in his re-election bid for 2014? Ashley Judd is among the Democrats mulling a run for the office, and some tea party leaders say they they’re not happy with McConnell, whom they call too moderate. James Carroll weighs in, joined also by Kenny Colston of Kentucky Public Radio.
24:30 – Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood has been a mix of industry and residences for more than 70 years. That dichotomy has been fraught with problems, as the city has tried to keep the industries while also addressing residents’ concerns about chemical pollution. But what’s the long-term solution to the problem? WFPL’s Erica Peterson wraps up her series focusing on Rubbertown.
28:50 – Last month, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker accepted a challenge to live on a four dollar per day food stamp subsidy, joining a group of government officials, celebrities and others across the country in raising awareness of what it’s like to stretch a food stamp dollar. This week, a Food Stamp Challenge was conducted in Louisville, and two of its participants join us – Matt Goldberg and Jessica Goldstein.
37:15 – In the weekly arts segment, WFPL’s Erin Keane highlights a few noteworthy events taking place this weekend, then speaks with Barbara Sexton Smith, CEO of the Fund for the Arts which is kicking off their 2013 campaign.