Here is what we cover in this edition of Byline:
At the top – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made his case this week for a local option sales tax. Fischer told the Metro Council that the city needs more revenue options to fund ambitious projects that will help the city remain competitive. The mayor wants lawmakers in Frankfort to approve a constitutional amendment that would allow the cities to put temporary sales tax increases to a public vote. WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey describes Fischer’s address to the council, and discusses the mayor’s future political plans.
6:40 – We talk with Chad Bishop, who covers Western Kentucky University sports for the Bowling Green Daily News. He’s been covering Western’s hiring of Bobby Petrino to be the Hilltoppers’ new football coach.
13:30 – New surveys from North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling show some surprising insights into Kentucky. Among them, the fact that Senator Mitch McConnell is the least popular member of that chamber among Kentucky voters. WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian and Phillip Bailey speak with Jim Williams of Public Policy Polling about the numbers.
17:30 – WFPL’s Joseph Lord discusses more light-hearted aspects of the recent Public Policy Poll of Kentuckians pertaining to sports, coaches, and adult beverages.
20:00 – WFPL’s Gabe Bullard presents an oral history of Louisville’s interstate highways, with guests Tom Owen, a Metro Councilman, historian and archivist; Carl Kramer , an urban historian, professor and head of the Institute for Local and Oral History and Indiana University Southeast; and Branden Klayko, editor of the blog Broken Sidewalk.
29:15 – Is Kentucky a Northern or Southern state? It’s a question that’s been debated since before the civil war. WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian speaks with Maryjean Wall, author of “How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders.”
36:30 – In our arts segment, WFPL’s arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane speaks with Christy Corbitt Miller, who dances the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Louisville Ballet production of The Nutcracker.