Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):
At the top – There’s been no shortage of news over the past week from the Louisville Metro Council. Councilman David James’ eligibility to serve is being called into question. Then there are accusations that an aide to a Democratic council member has been working for the election defeat of another Democratic member. And as WFPL and the Center for investigative reporting first disclosed a week ago, the FBI has been questioning some council members and others on various matters. Our political editor Philip Bailey has the latest.
10:20 – Jonathan Meador joins us from Frankfort to talk about the week’s developments with the Kentucky General Assembly, including medical marijuana, cannibis oil, casino gaming, a smoking bill, and the state budget.
17:00 – A former Louisville prosecutor has been charged with criminal assault two months after the alleged incident, leading to questions of whether the delay was related to his political connections. Matt Conway previously worked in the county and commonwealth’s attorneys’ offices. He’s also the brother of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. R.G. Dunlop from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting joins us to talk about it.
20:45 – Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is beginning a reorganization process, sparked by several critical audits last year. The agency’s organizational chart will be changed, nearly all employees will have to reapply for their jobs, and several positions will likely be eliminated. The process has also drawn criticism from the Sierra Club, which maintains the APCD is targeting employees who have levied heavy fines against the city’s polluters, and the local union. APCD Director Keith Talley speaks with WFPL’s Erica Peterson about the reorganization process.
33:10 – The Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday in Los Angeles. Joining us to run down some of the nominees and his winners’ picks is Robert Kahne, who co-hosts with Chris Ritter, WFPL’s Sound on Film podcast.
38:45 – After three years as president and CEO of the Fund for the Arts, Barbara Sexton Smith says she’ll retire from the Louisville-based organization later this year. Sexton Smith has been with the Fund in various capacities for 16 years, but three years ago she was appointed to replace longtime CEO Allen Cowan, who retired following controversy over an angry voice message he left for the head of the Louisville Visual Arts Association. Sexton Smith talks with WFPL’s Rick Howlett about the decision.
43:15 – Lucas Hnath returns to the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville this year. Hnath’s previous Humana Festival playwriting credits include last year’s high-flying apprentice showcase Sleep Rock Thy Brain and 2012’s Death Tax, which won a Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association. Hnath is back in this year’s festival with a new play commissioned by Actors Theatre, The Christians, directed by artistic director Les Waters. Hnath speaks with WFPL’s arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane.