Today on our round-table news discussion show, the WFPL news team got started with an update that had just broken within the previous hour, Judy Green‘s decision to voluntarily resign from her Metro Council seat. Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey and reporter Devin Katayama discussed the latest news and what it means. Gabe Bullard discussed the news that the Louisville Orchestra was forced to cancel it’s November programs in light of the ongoing dispute between management and musicians. Environmental reporter Erica Peterson discussed a proposed settlement of a lawsuit over mining company pollution reports, as well as her tour of the retooled Ford Assembly Plant in Louisville. Devin Katayama outlined the events in Louisville this Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001.
Courier-Journal reporter Jim Carroll joined us by phone from Washington, D.C. to offer his insights on the reaction of Kentucky and Indiana lawmakers to President Obama’s jobs plan. We also spoke with Chris Otts of the Courier-Journal for a snapshot of the employment situation in the region and the hopes and concerns of local companies with regards to Mr. Obama’s jobs plan.
Finally, we heard a feature and chatted briefly with reporter Abby Wendle on an Oklahoma community farmer who has worked with the soil for decades, and is now helping families, churches and schools build their own backyard gardens.