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4:15 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Byline | NPR's Mike Pesca on March Madness; 'Religious Freedom' Bill; Bourbon and More

Here are the topics covered this hour on Byline (full audio available below):

At the top - The games have begun and March Madness is here. NPR’s Mike Pesca joins us with his analysis of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.

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Politics
2:31 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Update: The "religious freedom" bill's sponsor is urging Democrats in the Kentucky House to override the governor's veto.

Earlier: Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday vetoed the controversial "religious freedom" bill recently approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.

Here's his statement: 

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Environment
1:28 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Energy Efficiency Saves Money, Teaches Lessons at Kentucky School

Richardsville Elementary
Erica Peterson WFPL

Kentucky’s utility rates are among the lowest in the nation. But even so, several public school districts have found that it still pays to build energy efficient schools. One such school in Warren County has taken efficiency even further, and is now generating more energy than the building uses.

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Local News
12:46 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Commission Narrows Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Nominees to Three

Gov. Steve Beshear has 60 days to appoint a new justice for the Kentucky Supreme Court once the state's Judicial Nominating Commission hands over the list that was narrowed down to three names this week.

Justice Wil Schroder retired in January from the 6th Supreme Court District which includes 21 northern Kentucky counties.

The commission--made up of Chief Justice John Minton, members appointed by the state bar association and citizens appointed by the governor--is responsible for requesting and considering nominees presented by the state bar. 

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Local News
11:10 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Byline Today: March Madness, the 'Religious Freedom' Bill and More

March Madness in full swing, what the "religious freedom" bill means legally and bourbon expert Mike Veach talks, well, bourbon today on Byline.

The Louisville Cardinals rolled in their first men's basketball NCAA Tournament game Thursday and the Indiana Hoosiers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are scheduled to play. NPR's Mike Pesca will join host Rick Howlett to discuss what's happened and what's to come.

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Local News
7:10 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Media Critic | Pew Study Sheds More Light on Crime-Focused TV News

James Miller
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Just a few weeks after my last column on Louisville television news' focus on crime, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism published their annual State of the News Media report. The report confirms the assertions in my column: local stations are adding more hours to their news programming even as viewership declines, and crime stories dominate local TV news. The Pew study included weather and sports stories; when my students collected their data, they omitted those two topics if the stories aired during show blocks exclusively reserved for them. Once you remove weather and sports from Pew’s data, crime is the number one topic.

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Local News
9:40 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Roll in NCAA Tournament Opener, 79-48

The Louisville Cardinals have advanced in the men’s NCAA tournament, easily winning their opener 79-48 over North Carolina A&T tonight in Lexington.

Russ Smith led the Cards with 23 points and eight steals.    

U of L, the tournament’s top overall seed, will face Colorado State Saturday in third round tournament action at Rupp Arena.

The 16th-seeded Aggies finished their season with a 20-17 record.      

Politics
5:06 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Report: Matthew Barzun Next U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain

Matthew Barzun
Credit U.S. State Department

Kentucky businessman Matthew Barzun will be the next U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, CBS News is reporting.

The appointment has long been expected—Barzun has been a key fundraiser in President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, serving as chair of Obama's national finance committee in the most recent election.

CBS News notes:

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Education
4:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

'You Don't Demand More.' Louisville Community Members, Education Leaders Talk Education.

Credit Devin Katayama

Education and community leaders say the public school system needs local solutions to improve student achievement—but those solutions may vary depending on who you ask.

A crowd packed into St. Stephen Family Life Center Thursday to listen to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens and other guest speakers who shared their thoughts on the challenges facing the district’s lowest performing students.

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Local News
3:24 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Well-Known Class-Action Lawyer Disbarred in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has disbarred class-action lawsuit specialist Stan Chesley over his actions in a Kentucky diet drug settlement.

The high court's decision on Thursday could affect multiple cases in which the Cincinnati-based Chesley has a hand across the country.

The decision stems from how Chesley acted and his decisions in a settlement involving tens of millions of dollars between the makers of fen-phen and a group of people in Kentucky who sued the diet-drug company.

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