Local News

We began Byline today with an in-depth discussion of soil test data from the neighborhood surrounding the Black Leaf Chemical site in the Park Hill area of West Louisville.  The tests were conducted by the EPA and revealed some carcinogenic and suspicious chemicals, but full results were not revealed to the public.  District 6 Councilman David James joined WFPL’s environment reporter Erica Peterson to review the what is known and what’s ahead.

Mayor Greg Fischer released his proposed city budget yesterday.  Phillip Bailey went over it in detail in the second segment of Byline.  Following that, the rest of the WFPL News team dropped in to review other major Metro stories of the week, including a wrap of the recent Kentucky primary elections.

We then heard part of an interview with Courier-Journal publisher Wesley Jackson (the full interview will air on Monday, May 28 during Here and Now).  He describes the financial challenges at the CJ and provides details on the website paywall that Gannett is implementing at their newspapers in hopes of providing needed revenue.

Finally, WFPL’s Arts and Humanities reporter Erin Keane sat down with two writers, Pamela Steele and Albert DeGenova, who are in Louisville for the Spalding University Festival of Writing.  Each read from recent works and discussed inspirations, technique, and other aspects of their writing.

Brad Yost is a producer for WFPL News and Louisville Public Media.