Local News

Here's the rundown for Byline today:

0:00 – This week, voters in the western Kentucky city of Princeton and a precinct in the Sturgis community voted to legalize alcohol sales. They were the latest of several “local option” elections held in traditionally dry areas of the commonwealth this summer.  We talk about the politics of wet/dry votes and alcohol sales with journalist Connie Hanner, who has been covering the issue in western Kentucky.

9:10 – WFPL's Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey tells us about the claim by John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s Pizza, that the federal health care law will force him to charge customers more for their pies: 11-14 cents per pizza to be exact.

13:30 – The suburban fire districts of Jefferson County protect nearly 187,000 homes and businesses, but they're facing a financial crisis that could force sweeping changes in the way they operate. The Courier-Journal's Jessie Halladay has written exhaustively about the subject and she joins us to discuss her findings.

19:40 – Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston joins us to discuss the latest with Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, Greg Stumbo, and the 2012 elections.

30:20 –  This week’s landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars has renewed excitement about space exploration, and no one is more eager to pursue some of the business opportunities created by space exploration than those in the legal profession: say hello to the space lawyer.  Space law has become an important component of the aerospace industry, as more private firms try to get a foothold in space. We speak with a journalist covering the nascent industry, Neal Ungerleiter.

36:30 – WFPL's arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane spends some time with poet and writer, Jeffrey Skinner, author of The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets.

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