Local News

Here’s what is covered in this edition of Byline:

At the top – Violent protests erupted this week across the Middle East and elsewhere in response to a film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.    WFPL political editor  Phillip M. Bailey speaks with Congressman John Yarmuth about the Middle East developments and their impact on the U.S. presidential race.

6:30 – Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston explains a new proposal to help reign in one small part of Kentucky’s pension problems:  a 401k style plan for new lawmakers starting next year.

13:30 – School districts across the country are working to implement  new federal guidelines aimed at making school lunches healthier,  but will school children benefit from it?  We talk with Anne Marshall, who writes about the topic in the latest LEO Weekly, and Janet Poppendieck, author of Free For All: Fixing School Food in America.

27:15 – The statistics are eye-opening and discouraging:  hospitalizations for addicted newborns in Kentucky soared from just 29 in 2000 up to 730 last year.  Laura Ungar from the Courier-Journal talks about the causes and scope of the problem, and what is being done to address it.

31:45 – A Las Vegas investor stepped forward this week to purchase the boyhood home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.  We speak with Jared Weiss, president and CEO of Motion Properties, who bought the home earlier in the week for $70,000.

36:30 – Arts news with WFPL’s arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane.  Today Erin speaks with Charles Venable, director of the J.B. Speed Art Museum for the last five years.  He recently announced, following a successful fundraising campaign for a major expansion at the Speed, that he will leave Louisville to take the reins at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

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