Local News

Here is the rundown for this edition of Byline, hosted by WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard.

0:00 – We talk about the possibility of a local sales tax option for Louisville, championed recently by Mayor Greg Fischer, with WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey, GLI's Carmen Hickerson, and State Representative Steve Riggs.

13:30 – The Ark Encounter theme park in northern Kentucky has been plagued by fundraising difficulties and construction delays.  Joe Sonka has the latest in the current issue of LEO Weekly, and he stops by to discuss the situation.

21:10 – The Fancy Farm picnic takes place this weekend in western Kentucky, but it's not looking to be a particularly memorable one for political junkies.  Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston explains some of the factors and forces shaping the picnic this year.

29:40 – WFPL's Erica Peterson takes a look at the changing face of prescription drug abuse in Kentuckiana, as many users move from Oxycontin to Opana, and communities and individual lives are deeply impacted.

36:30 – Arts and humanities segment with WFPL's Erin Keane.  Today Erin speaks with longtime music critic for the Courier-Journal, Jeffrey Lee Puckett, who recently was awarded one of the 2012 Governor's Awards in the Arts.

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