Our news round-table discussion today may have set a station record for most guests on a single episode of State of the News. Rick Howlett hosted and spoke with WFPL newsers Gabe Bullard, Erica Peterson, Devin Katayama, and Phillip Bailey about the major metro news stories of the week. Later we checked in with Joseph Gerth of the Courier-Journal to preview the Fancy Farm Picnic this weekend. James Carroll of the Washington Bureau of the Courier-Journal discussed the budget and debt ceiling wrangling, and Mitch McConnell’s role in particular. Finally we heard from WAMU reporter Rebecca Sheir who produced a feature on some people who don’t’ let hearing impairments get in the way of their musical passion.