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4:05 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Byline | IRS Fallout; Religion at JCPS; Preakness Preview

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio available below):

At the top - Hearings have begun on Capitol Hill into the IRS targeting of tea party and other conservative groups that were applying for tax exempt status. We discuss who has been affected by the scandal here in Kentucky with WFPL Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Independent State House Candidate Releases 10-Point Platform to Improve State Government

Independent state House candidate John-Mark Hack

Independent state house candidate John-Mark Hack released a 10-point platform aimed at making Kentucky's government more accountable and transparent.

Hack is running for the 56th House District seat covering Woodford County, including parts Frankfort and Lexington vacated by former state Rep. Carl Rollins, who resigned.

The three-way special election also features Republican Lyen Crews and Democrat James Kay, and is being closely watched due to the close party margins in the state House, where Democrats hold the majority by just a 5-seat margin.

The proposals unveiled by Hack's campaign on Friday include withholding the salaries of state lawmakers if they fail to pass a budget, creating a non-partisan commission to draw legislative district lines and eliminating annual sessions.

Hack says the proposals are about changing the political culture of "arrogance and self-interest" in Frankfort.

Check them out:

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Spalding's Week-long Literary Festival Begins Saturday

A series of readings by authors affiliated with Spalding University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program begins Saturday. The university’s bi-annual Festival of Contemporary Writing is the state’s largest reading series and is an integral part of Spalding’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program residency, which the university hosts every spring and fall. This year’s festival runs through May 25.

(Disclosure: I am a 2004 graduate of Spalding's MFA program.)

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Local News
12:01 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Byline Today: The Latest on the IRS-Tea Party Affair, the Preakness and More

The latest on the IRS'  targeting of Tea Party groups for extra reviews, the Louisville Metro Animal Services director leaves after less than two years on the job, Kentucky Derby winner Orb vies for a Preakness Stakes win and much, much more—today on Byline.

WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will give the IRS/Tea Party situation.

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Politics
11:38 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Coalition Forms to Oppose Electricity Rate Increase in Western Ky. from Smelter Deal

Credit Doug Wilson / Environmental Protection Agency

A coalition of western Kentucky businesses and residents has formed in hopes of minimizing the fallout of an electricity rates deal between Big Rivers Electric Co-Op and western Kentucky aluminum smelters.

The coalition is worried the deal will lead to higher utility bills for residents and businesses. 

Aluminum prices have been low in the past few years, and across Kentucky, aluminum smelters have sought to save money on their electricity bills.

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Arts and Humanities
11:37 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Go See: 'West Side Story' Infused With New Energy

The touring cast of "West Side Story." Michelle Alves as Anita, center.

After Actors Theatre of Louisville's Tony Speciale-directed contemporary staging and the Louisville Ballet's classical interpretation, Broadway in Louisville caps off a season of "Romeo and Juliet" with the touring production of "West Side Story." The musical opened Tuesday and runs through Sunday in Whitney Hall, with matinees and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday.

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Local News
9:53 am
Fri May 17, 2013

One Killed, Several Injured in Exercise at Fort Knox

A U.S. Army spokesman says one member of the U.S. Navy was killed and several others injured during a training exercise at the Fort Knox Army post.

Fort Knox spokesman Ryan Brus said Friday the accident happened at 9:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday and involved members of a Naval branch at the post in central Kentucky.

Brus had no other details and referred calls to U.S. Navy Lt. David Lloyd. Lloyd did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press.

Local News
7:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Media Critic | Are The Courier-Journal's Opinion Pages So Liberal?

James Miller
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Conservative critics of The Courier-Journal, I have confirmed all of your suspicions: its editorial pages are quite liberal.

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Politics
6:52 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Ethics Questions Raised After Mitch McConnell's Chief of Staff Appears in Politico Ad

Josh Holmes in Politico's ad.
Credit Politico

A Politico video featuring the chief of staff for Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been removed by the Washington publication after ethical questions were raised.

In a story first reported by Roll Call, an idea was pitched to McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes to appear in a video endorsing Politico's coverage. It shows Holmes explaining his vision for America, love of public service and why he reads Politico all while sitting in the senator's office.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Charging Commitee Ready to Move On Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Removal Hearing

Credit Louisville Metro Council

The charging committee that petitioned to remove embattled Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin announced it's ready to move forward with a hearing following its executive session meeting Thursday.

Shanklin was found guilty of violating several provisions of the city’s ethics code this year by Louisville’s Ethics Commission, which recommended she be removed from the council.

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