Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):
At the top – On Wednesday, a federal judge in Indiana struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Instantly, couples from across the Hoosier state rushed to their county clerks’ offices to apply for marriage licenses. Not all clerks agreed to grant the certificates. Not all of them could. But the Clark County Clerk did grant licenses. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard paid a visit to speak with newlywed Ladonna Osborne about what it means.
2:50 – Mayor Greg Fischer’s office and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority plan to apply for a $500,000 federal grant to demolish the largest remaining public housing complex in the city: Beecher Terrace, just west of downtown. WFPL’s Phillip Bailey and Jake Ryan explain the reasons and reactions from residents.
11:35 – For months, Craig Dean, 20; Shaquazz Allen, 18; Tyrone Booker Jr., 19; and Jerron Bush, 21, faced the possibility of felony indictments stemming from the March 22 mob violence in downtown Louisville. But earlier this week, a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict Dean and the other three young men arrested following that outbreak of violence. Assistant commonwealth’s attorney Leland Hulbert said the lack of available evidence made it “very hard” to bring a case that could prove the men were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Hulbert, the assistant commonwealth attorney, said the gun used in the robbery and the items stolen in the incident were never recovered. The men have been dubbed by supporters as the “misidentified four,” and Booker said he believes racial profiling was the basis for their arrest. Phillip Bailey and Jake Ryan discuss the case, then we hear a conversation between Bailey and two of the four young men, along with their attorney.
24:50 -In the last few months, conversations about urban development in Louisville have taken a western turn. Specifically, a northwestern turn, to the Portland Neighborhood, a historic area west of downtown along the river. The once thriving area has seen ups and downs since being devastated by the 1937 flood. And now, developer Gil Holland has big plans for revitalizing the area. The plans have hopefuls saying it will be the next Nulu, Nulu being the east Market Street district Holland helped revitalize over the last few years. But is it that easy? WFPL’s Ashlie Stevens has written about some pushback to Holland’s plans, and she joins us to talk about it.
32:45 – June is gay pride month. And, things are changing quickly, as we heard at the top of the show. So now, Radio Rookies asks “What does it mean for young people to come out in the age of Lady Gaga?” We present a feature report, where producer Bebe tells her uncle that she’s bisexual, but as a gay man who struggled with harassment and bullying through his whole childhood, he suspects she’s just trying to be cool and doesn’t understand the weight of her words.
38:30 – In the weekly arts segment, WFPL’s Erin Keane considers some of the significant arts events happening locally in the near future, then welcomes guest Barbara Sexton-Smith to the show for something of an exit interview. Sexton-Smith will soon step down from her position head of Louisville’s Fund for the Arts, after taking the helm during a time of some turbulence following the retirement of Allan Cowen.