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11:13 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Byline Today: Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrests, Curtis Morrison Speaks and Emerald Ash Borers

The ACLU says that African-Americans are significantly more likely to face marijuana charges, the Louisville Metro budget process is well underway (and already has critics) and the man behind the recording of a Mitch McConnell strategy session speaks—these stories and more today on Byline.

I talked earlier this week with Ezekiel Edwards, who heads the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, about the ACLU's study on the wide disparity between African-Americans and Caucasians in facing marijuana possession charges. We'll hear from Edwards and Kentucky ACLU spokeswoman Amber Duke, who joined the Strange Fruit podcast team. And I'll talk with host Rick Howlett about Louisville Metro Police's reaction to this study.

Meanwhile, arts and social service groups are unhappy with Mayor Greg Fischer's budget proposal—specifically, with the fact that their funding was decreased. WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey will discuss where things stand in the Louisville Metro budget discussions, and what comes next.

Curtis Morrison took credit for recording a McConnell campaign strategy session in Louisville. We'll hear a chat between Morrison and WFPL's Gabe Bullard.

And WFPL's Erica Peterson takes a look at what Louisville is (and isn't) doing about the invasive emerald ash borer.

These topics and more when Byline starts at 1 p.m. today. Join us at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

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