Local News

Here is what we covered in this edition of Byline:

At the top – The Appalachian town of Vicco recently became the smallest municipality in the country to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.  We discuss it with WFPL’s Devin Katayama, who’s been talking with town officials.

4:45 – Phillip M. Bailey joins us for a look back on the life and turbulent Metro Council tenure of Judy Green.  The former first district councilwoman died suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this week.

8:20 – The neighborhood Riverside Gardens was created as an oasis in the West End – a resort community for locals who wanted a quick, close getaway from the city. But after the 1937 flood and the rise of industry in Rubbertown, to the north, Riverside Gardens became just another subdivision. And as WFPL’s Erica Peterson reports, the place where city dwellers used to go to get away from pollution is now surrounded on three sides by smokestacks and a former toxic dump.

13:15 – Louisville Magazine Managing Editor Josh Moss talks about his profile of Lynn Winter published in November. The owner of Lynn’s Paradise Café abruptly shut down her popular Highlands restaurant last weekend.

22:20 – The Courier-Journal reported recently that since 2007, 73% of Louisville’s DUI defendants tried by a judge have been acquitted, compared with 45% of those tried by juries. Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell says judges are improperly allowing defense attorneys in these cases to suppress evidence after trials begin. To learn more, WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian speaks with O’Connell.

30:20 – WFPL’s Rick Howlett talks with writer Keith O’Brien, who spent a season with the Scott County, Kentucky boys basketball team and chronicles their quest for a state title in a new book called Outside Shot.

39:40 – In our arts segment, WFPL’s Erin Keane sits down with Ryan Daily of the Louisville Film Society. He discusses the Film Society’s cinema space, the Dreamland Film Center on Market Street, and the screenings of New Jerusalem this weekend.

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