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On Byline we re-examine the top stories around Louisville and look at what's coming next. With regular segments on everything from arts to politics, it's an essential conversation about what's happening in Louisville. 

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4:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Governor’s School for the Arts: 25 Years and Going Strong

Two-hundred twenty-five students from 43 counties across Kentucky make up the Governor’s School for the Arts class of 2012. Students spend three weeks on Transylvania University's campus immersed in the study of one of nine disciplines, from architecture to musical theater. They start with performances at morning assembly and go until curfew, creating ensemble pieces, solo work and interdisciplinary projects. 

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Local News
3:11 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Reviving Kentucky Kingdom; JCPS Board Elections; State Government News: Today on Byline

Here's what we tackled today on Byline:

At the top - Kentucky Kingdom has now been closed for three consecutive seasons, shut down since its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy.  There have been two attempts to re-open the property:  developer Ed Hart, who had previously operated the park, negotiated for more than a year with the Kentucky State Fair board to get the facility up and running, but those talks fell through. 

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Local News
10:25 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Chiefs Say Suburban Fire Departments Are Dangerously Underfunded

Jefferson County’s suburban fire districts—responsible for protecting nearly 187,000 homes and businesses—are tumbling toward a financial crisis that could force sweeping changes in the way the county fights fires.

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6:05 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

"Space Lawyer" is a Real Occupation

NASA Public Domain

The landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars this week had many of our thoughts on space exploration. But only one journalist was asking questions about the legal ramifications of humans in outer space. Fast Company's Neal Ungerleider brought us our favorite headline of the week with his piece, Space Lawyers: They Exist.

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Local News
11:53 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Kentucky's Ever-Changing Liquor Laws Confound Drinkers, Proprietors

Laws governing the sale of alcohol in Kentucky are already labyrinthine, and to make things more confusing, they are often in flux. It seems like one county or another in the Commonwealth is always voting on whether to be dry (no alcohol sales), wet (alcohol sales allowed), or moist (drinks can be consumed in restaurants, but package sales are prohibited). Marshall County recently held such a vote—they chose to remain a dry county—and emotions ran high on both sides.

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Arts and Humanities
4:25 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Moderately Successful Poet, Jeffrey Skinner

Erin Keane

Jeffrey Skinner, formerly a private investigator, is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Salt Water Amnesia (2005), and two anthologies of poems, Last Call: Poems on Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance; and Passing the Word: Poets and Their Mentors.

He recently penned The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir for Sarabande Books.

7:00 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Fancy Farm Preview From Kenny Colston

The annual Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky threatens to be a tad dull this year for regular attendees accustomed to fiery political rhetoric and mud-slinging.  The reason:  a curious absence of many prominent politicians.  Most of Kentucky's elected Democrats announced plans to skip this year's picnic, and there will be few prominent Republicans present.

Local News
3:04 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Local Sales Tax Option; Ark Park Funding Problems; Fancy Farm: Today on Byline

Here is the rundown for this edition of Byline, hosted by WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard.

0:00 - We talk about the possibility of a local sales tax option for Louisville, championed recently by Mayor Greg Fischer, with WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey, GLI's Carmen Hickerson, and State Representative Steve Riggs.

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8:44 am
Sun July 22, 2012

Getting Acquainted With JCPS Board Candidates

David Jones, Jr.

Three of seven JCPS School Board positions are open this fall, and more candidates are filing to run for the spots.

WFPL's Devin Katayama spent some time talking recently with David Jones, Jr. and David Kaplan, who both are running in District 2, which covers the Highlands and Crescent Hill; as well as with Chris Fell who is running in District 7.  Fell is one of several parents involved in the pending suit before the Kentucky Supreme Court challenging the JCPS student assignment plan.