Here’s the rundown of this edition of Byline:
At the top – A Tea Party rally featuring Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul was held earlier this week in Frankfort to protest President Obama’s health care law. WFPL’s Phillip Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston review the rally, discuss the Kentucky tea party, and the GOP’s hopes of reclaiming the presidency and a Senate majority.
13:30 – A groundbreaking ceremony is set for next week on the long-debated and long-delayed Ohio River Bridges Project. The Courier-Journal’s Marcus Green joins us to talk about it and what’s ahead. One of the big elements of this project is the tolling system that will be used to help pay for it, and there’s some debate now over who should serve on the polling body panel.
20:25 – On August 15, the Department of Homeland Security began accepting applications for the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals. It would allow some undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to obtain temporary immunity from deportation. LEO Weekly’s Anne Marshall tells us about the program and some local young immigrants who are applying for it.
25:35 – More than 100,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students returned to class this week, and the 2012-13 academic year is underway. WFPL’s Devin Katayama discusses the first day of school and other education news, including ACT scores, graduation rates, and the bus commute. We also hear a feature from Devin as part of our new series UNIQUE, where we’re reporting the stories of specific students, teachers and families that make up our local public education system.
36:30 – Arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane talks with the Louisville Orchestra’s general manager, Lindsay Vallandingham. They discuss regrouping from a year of absence due to labor disputes, and highlights of the Orchestra’s upcoming season.