Fri February 21, 2014
Byline | FBI Looks at Metro Gov't; Legislature Mulls Felon Voting Rights; Corvette Museum Sinkhole
At the top - Legislation that would restore voting rights to thousands of felons across Kentucky is making its way through the Kentucky General Assembly. The measure now returns to the House, which passed a much different version last month without a waiting period for eligible felons. Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador joins us to discuss this week's legislative business.
1:14 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for possible misconduct in Louisville Metro Government, questioning several lawmakers and quizzing others about Metro Council activities. City lawmakers say they have been questioned about the council’s discretionary funds and the business dealings of Council President Jim King specifically. Councilman Tom Owen says he does not know the nature of the federal inquiry, but if it is about a council member it could hurt the public’s trust further. King released a statement Friday afternoon, saying the FBI has not contacted him.
1:19 - A Kentucky legislative employee who appeared in a video supporting Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has been fired for violating a state policy forbidding political activity. He says state Senate Republicans are behind his dismissal. WFPL news reporter and political editor Phillip M. Bailey has details on this story along with details on the possibility of raising the minimum wage in Louisville.
1:25 - The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is embarking on a campaign to improve the city’s public health, tackling problems such as obesity and smoking. We have more with WFPL’s Jake Ryan.
1:29 - On Wednesday, February 12, just before 5am, a huge section of earth collapsed inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. The video of the incident has millions of hits on YouTube and Bowling green is now receiving national attention. We discuss all of the details with Corvette museum Executive Director Wendell Strode.
1:39 - Wilt Chamberlain is regarded as one of the greatest players in NBA history, thanks to his combination of skills and physical size. But his height didn't always seem like an asset. In this episode of Blank on Blank, Chamberlain talks about what is was like to be 7'1" at age 14.
1:44 - Arts Segment: The Louisville Ballet opens a Danish ballet set in Scotland: La Sylphide. Savage Rose stages a very different reading of KING LEAR on Sunday. Tim Faulkner Gallery opens its first show in its new building. And WFPL's Erin Keane sits down with the Louisville Orchestra's new music director, Teddy Abrams.